Chrysilia is a Symphonic/Folk Metal band based from Athens, Greece.
Initially, a concept child by the musical actress & rock performer Chryso and composer/keyboardist Elias Pero (ex-Sovereign), this project quickly evolved into the formation of a band consisting of six experienced members.
A few months ago, they released their debut album Et in Arcadia Ego, which I discovered almost a month ago.
I can’t say that the “modern” Metal scene is my cup of tea, but this album just blew my mind!
Where to begin from?
From the really good compositions?
The “catchy” melodies and the great guitar riffs?
Or the presence of electric violin?
Another very important element is the wonderful female vocals by Chryso, the band’s singer, which gives another dynamic to their sound.
All members of Chrysilia are excellent and professional musicians, that they know their instruments very well, and that is something that becomes obvious when you are listening to this album.
Another fact I really liked is that they draw their themes and inspiration from the vast Ancient Greek mythology, which is very interesting to say the least (familiar to me as well).
If I had to find a band that Chysilia reminds me of, I would say this is Nightwish without a second thought.
Just replace the Scandinavian themes with Ancient Greek ones, and you are almost there.
But further than lyrics, Chrysilia’s music is more romantic and mellow in many parts (in comparison with Nightwish).
But, let’s see how the band itself describes this album: [Our music could be vaguely described as soundtrack metal, having influences from different music genres, ranging from folk, jazz and musicals to power metal. The main theme here is having clean-cut, catchy tunes, no matter how heavy or complicated is the musical background. It’s like listening to a motion picture soundtrack, but on the hard n’ heavy side. Lyrically, this is a concept album based on the idea of Arcadia, as this was depicted in the Renaissance as the dreamland that our souls travel in the afterlife or just by achieving a higher state of intuitive enlightenment. Our album, however, has a metaphorical meaning. It is a journey in time and fantasy, myths and reality, fairy tales and politics, life and death itself, through the eyes of a girl growing up: Her name is... Chrysilia]
Despite my late discovery of this album, it already gained a spot in my annual Top-10 albums of 2017.
In my opinion, this is a great and enjoyable album! Try to find and listen to it!