Jo Blankenburg – Elysium – Position Music Orchestral Series Volume 9

Elysium = Divinity

The Epic music scene has another artist to look out for in the form of Jo Blankenburg, a German composer who writes music for the purpose of film promotion. He has written many inspiring tracks for such movie trailers as X-Men First Class and The Hunger Games. His first album, Vendetta, was released on March 21, 2011. It featured music from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Elysium album review
This album is a heady mix of atmospheric and adrenaline pumping tracks that capture the heart and soul of some of the best moments in cinema. “Garador’s Flight” is a shining example of such music. After a mellow beginning which takes up about a minute of the song we are taken into the main part of it. This is where it gets exciting with a full on orchestra and the usual choir that help define the Epic music genre. The music continues with the same intensity with the next track “Theogony”. This track has a catchy beat and again the vocals are as relevant as ever.
Things slow down somewhat for the next track, “Terra Mirus” but this only serves to add some variety to the album. “Illumielle” is a pretty and altogether uplifting tune that takes the album in a different direction. “Leaving Lemuria” is also a beautiful track that has sad undertones yet somehow manages to create a feeling of enlightenment.
Stand out tracks
This album is packed to the brim with outstanding music that captures feelings of wonder and adventure. It’s hard to pick out the stand out tracks but not impossible. “Empyrea” is a sweeping tune that brings home a feeling of true adventure and above all it stands above the other tracks. Another great track is “Zephyrus”, a lavish affair with many layers to the sound. It is a hearting warming tune that manages to engage the imagination.
Overall opinion
This is a superb album that brings together a range of sounds from sweeping orchestra to hard hitting drums to create an essential listening experience. The Epic music genre is a growing force and this album is a welcome addition to the music shelf. It makes a change to find an album such as this one where all the tracks are worthy of a listen again and again. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. 

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