Release: September 27, 2018
Elyose is a French Industrial rock with some gothic metal elements, formed in 2009 by bassist Ghislain Henry and singer Justine Daaé. The four-piece Paris-based band has a truly unique sound, by mixing the harshness of rock and metal with a very powerful electronic soundscape, coupled with beautiful female vocals. After many shows as support for Therion (2012), Tarja Turunen (2014), Stream of Passion (2015), The Birthday Massacre and Sirenia (2017) and a successful headliner shows in Paris, the band has released their 3rd full-length album “Reconnexion” in September 2018, still as independent artists, following to the internationally acclaimed “Ipso Facto” in 2015.
With a sharper metallic edge to it than their earlier two efforts, “Reconnexion” is a real melting pot of influences, styles and sounds. To give you a clear idea of Elyose, think of something along the lines of Amaranthe’s poppy style meets the heavy industrial sound of Rammstein, with some strong CyHra vibes here and there.
Un autre été
De tout là-haut
Mes 100 ciels
À coeur perdant
La veuve noire
Les mots qui me viennent
And both sides are on full display on the album as some songs are quite upbeat and dance friendly (see “Mes 100 ciels”) but some are very aggressive and with many headbang-ish moments (see “Psychosis”, or “Les mots qui me viennent”). Combining these two worlds is no easy feat, but Elyose have been perfecting their craft for the past 9 years and it shows. Also, the majority of the lyrics are in French.
The album starts off with the mid-tempo “Un autre été”, whose intro reminds me of Rammstein, but soon it veers into electro / dance territory with groovy soundscapes and melodic vocals. Up next is one of the heaviest tracks on the album, “Psychosis”, as it features some death metal growls from Epica / Mayan’s Mark Jansen, which are in stark contrast with Justine Daaé’s light and poppy vocals, and also some very aggressive guitar and drum work – think of recent Lacuna Coil. Some gothic vibes emanate from the up-tempo “De tout là-haut”, where Justine’s ethereal vocal delivery really shows her range. There is again some powerful drumming and rhythmic guitar lines in the background, which make this song a real headbanger. The aggressiveness is again present in full swing on of my favorite tracks from the album, “Asymétrie”, where we can hear Raf Pener (T.A.N.K.) on growls, and I believe even on some cleans. The back and forth between the singers makes this song more dynamic, while the catchiness of the chorus will stick in the listener’s head for a while.
The rockish and up-tempo “Folle alliée” has some more synth work on the background, coupled with a great guitar solo and Justine’s melodic vocals, making it a more experimental track than the other ones. At least, that is how I feel about it. The first single released, “Mes 100 ciels” again combines heavy guitar riffs with electronic soundscapes, and even some rap parts from guest singer Aurélien Fouet-Barak (Assent) into a very dance-friendly and poppy-ish track. The melodic “À coeur perdant” is a more mid-paced song, with a neat blend of guitars, drums, vocals, and synths that for some reason reminds me of CyHra. “La veuve noire” is again a very accessible, though quite rockish, song, with some borderline operatic vocals from Justine, on top of a balanced mix of guitars and drums. “Les mots qui me viennent” is quite a hard and heavy song, with some mellow moments, but also some harsh vocals from Flo Lemonnier (Far Away) to balance Justine’s melodic vocals. The album ends with the acoustic rendition of “Contretemps” which allows the listener to unwind and really appreciate Justine’s sweet voice.
All in all, Elyose’s “Reconnexion” is a very diverse, melodic, and, on the surface, accessible album, yet quite heavy in some parts, to appeal to both rock and metal fans alike. It’s a mixt bag but weirdly enough there’s a nice flow to the music, as the transitions between songs is quite smooth, and the instrumental breaks and synths in the songs are very well arranged. However, you need a few listens through to get to this album’s core, as the more you listen to it, the more you realize how complex and layered it actually is.
Rating: 8 / 10
Justine Daaé – vocals
Ghislain Henry – bass
Marc De Lajoncquière – guitars
Pat Kzu – drums