I basically am not a big fan of Gothic Metal bands, but in the case of ELIS (ex ERBEN DER SCHÖPFUNG) even I have to jump over my shadow. In the first line the mightily fat sound is convincing me, of none other than Alex Krull (ATROCITY), who with the Liechtenstein based band again shows that he has grown into a very good producer over the years. No matter if Death Metal, Black Metal or in this case Gothic Metal, the man manages to give every band the fitting sound.
Another extremely element of the music of ELIS is the enchanting voice of Sabine Dünser. She gives each song a very own note and also manages to form the counterpart of the quite heavy guitar arrangements. Only here and there a deep male voice brings in some more variety. Add to that classically influenced guitar and keyboard sounds, which create enough melancholy and depth. ELIS do not need to hide behind anybody and already have reached the top dogs like THEATRE OF TRAGEDY or WITHIN TEMPTATION with "God's Silence, Devil's Temptation". I only could have done without the German tracks, but that might be because of my personal antipathy towards German lyrics in Metal.
But for that tracks like "For Such A Long Time", "Do You Believe" or "Devil's Temptation" are wonderful hymns and will soon convince the scene that ELIS have to be on their purchase list. (Online August 30, 2003)