DIE ERBEN DER SCHÖPFUNG emerged from the WELTENBRAND clan, just to finally rename themselves to ELIS, whose second album “Dark Clouds In A Perfect Sky“ ist he object of today’s reviews. Stylewise they have not changed much, they still operate in the grey zone between early THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, NIGHTWISH and some other Gothic Metal bands with female vocals, which will limit the audience quite successfully.
The opener “Der Letzte Tag“ is quite strongly influenced by the early times of NIGHTWISH, so an Angels Fall First“ or “Oceanborn“ has been among the influences for sure, while the German lyrics give ELIS a light own touch, which only happens three times throughout the album though and takes away quite a bit of the own factor, because when they use the genre-typical English lyrics, they often just sound like yet another band in the wide ocean of this style and cannot set many equally separating musical accents.
“Lost Soul“ convinces through its powerful performance (and also a few accentuating growls), while “Heart In Chains“ completely follows the path of “The Beauty And The Beast” and again has quite some power, which fits the band well. For “Die Zeit“ they go back to the German lyrics, which works well, while a “Devil Inside You“ sounds damn harmless.
“Dark Clouds In A Perfect Sky“ surely is not a bad album and die-hard genre fans will find quite a few interesting things on the Liechtenstein-based band’s release, but altogether ELIS unfortunately do not manage to reach any higher standards… (Online November 29, 2005)