Progressive rock, neo-prog, symphonic rock, art rock, neoclassical darkwave, ethereal wave
Progressive metal, neoclassical metal, symphonic metal
(October 1, 2011-present)
|Associated acts||Aramary, Jimang, FictionJunction, Yuki Kajiura, Haruka Shimotsuki, Minami Kuribayashi, Azumi Inoue, TM Network, Gerard, Rikki, Rika Fukami, Marty Friedman, Motoi Sakuraba, Siam Shade, Mikuni Shimokawa|
|Past members||See: Sound Horizon band members|
Sound Horizon is a Japanese musical group with composer Revo (Japanese pronunciation: [re̞vo]) as the leader. They call themselves the "fantasy band" and have released their works that closely resemble suites.
Sound Horizon began with Revo releasing his music creations on the internet on his website in the late 1990s. In 2001, Sound Horizon participated in Comic Market as part of a dōjin music circle and released their first story CD, Chronicle, an all-instrumental track CD, with occasional narration, background chorus and sound effects. The inclusion of actual singing began from their second release (Thanatos) onwards. Their subsequent works were released at Comic Market and M3.
Sound Horizon's first major release was in 2004, with the album Elysion ~Rakuen e no Zensōkyoku~ (lit. Elysion ~Prelude to Paradise~). Their first maxi-single, "Shōnen wa Tsurugi wo...", which was released in 2006, includes "Shūtan no Ou to Isekai no Kishi ~The Endia & The Knights~", the theme for the PlayStation 2 simulation RPG Chaos Wars, and "Kamigami ga Aishita Rakuen ~Belle Isle~", the opening theme for the MMORPG Belle Isle.
Although Aramary was their main female singer through the Elysion album, her departure afterward led Sound Horizon's style to shift quite a bit, to having many vocalists, rather than just one main female one (previously Aramary) and one main male vocalist (Jimang). Revo himself also tended to sing more often in the later albums, beginning with Roman.
On September 3, 2008, Sound Horizon released the album Moira. The album featured Takashi Utsunomiya of TM Network as one of the vocalists. Moira debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon weekly album charts, selling over 45,000 copies in its initial week.
Sound Horizon released the single "Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido" on June 16, 2010. The single featured guitarist Marty Friedman and Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, along with a beta voicebank for Vocaloid known as "Junger März PROTOTYPE β".
In 2012, Revo began a new project called Linked Horizon, beginning with his work on the score for the Nintendo 3DS game Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, a series of EPs and album. In 2013, Revo wrote and had Linked Horizon perform the opening themes for the 2013 anime adaptation of Attack on Titan titled "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya , lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow") and "Die Flügel der Freiheit" (自由の翼 Jiyū no Tsubasa , lit. "Wings of Freedom").
- Chronicle - December 30, 2001
- Thanatos - August 11, 2002
- Lost - December 12, 2002
- Pico Magic - May 4, 2003
- Pico Magic Reloaded - August 17, 2003
- Chronicle 2nd - March 19, 2004
Sound Horizon major releases
- Elysion ~Rakuen e no Zensōkyoku~ (ELYSION ～楽園への前奏曲～, lit. Elysion ~Prelude to Paradise~) - October 27, 2004
- Elysion ~Rakuen Gensō Monogatari Kumikyoku~ (Elysion ～楽園幻想物語組曲～, lit. Elysion ~Paradise Fantasy Story Suite~) - April 13, 2005
- Shōnen wa Tsurugi wo... (少年は剣を…, lit. "A Boy's Sword Is...") - October 4, 2006
- Roman - November 22, 2006
- Seisen no Iberia (聖戦のイベリア, lit. "Holy War of Iberia") - August 1, 2007
- Moira - September 3, 2008
- Id e Itaru Mori e Itaru Id (イドへ至る森へ至るイド Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido , lit. "The Id That Lead to the Forest Leading to the Id") - June 16, 2010
- Märchen - December 15, 2010
- Chronology [2005-2010] - April 13, 2012
- "Halloween to Yoru no Monogatari" (ハロウィンと夜の物語 Harowin to Yoru no Monogatari , lit. "Halloween and the Story of the Night") - October 9, 2013
- "Luxendarc Shokikō" (ルクセンダルク小紀行 Rukusendaruku Shokikō ) - August 22, 2012
- Luxendarc Daikikō (ルクセンダルク大紀行 Rukusendaruku Daikikō ) - September 19, 2012
- Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Original Soundtrack (ブレイブリーデフォルト フライングフェアリー オリジナル・サウンドトラック Bureiburī Deforuto Furaingu Fearī Orijinaru Saundotorakku ) - October 10, 2012
- "Jiyū e no Shingeki" (自由への進撃, lit. "March to Freedom") - July 3, 2013
- "超豪華ヴォーカリスト参加で贈る、Sound Horizon待望のStory CD第6弾！". Nifty Music Network (in Japanese) (Livedoor). August 19, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- "Oricon Weekly Album Charts for the third week of September 2008" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- "Sound Horizon、オリコンデイリーシングルーチャート2日間連続の第1位！". CDJournal.com (in Japanese). June 18, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- "Attack on Titan Opening CD Sells 129,000 in 1st Week". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 12, 2013.