Sound Horizon

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Sound Horizon
Sound Horizon.jpg
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresSound Horizon:
Linked Horizon:
Years active2001–present
LabelsBellwood RECORDS
(2004–2006)
King Records
(2006–2011)
Pony Canyon
(October 1, 2011–present)
Associated acts
Websitesoundhorizon.com
MembersRevo
Past membersSee Sound Horizon band members

Sound Horizon is a Japanese musical group with composer Revo [ja] (Japanese pronunciation: [re̞vo]) as the leader. They describe themselves as a "fantasy band" and have released works that closely resemble classical suites. Their songs often revolve around historical events and classic fairytales.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

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.[4][5] The inclusion of actual singing began from their second release (Thanatos) onwards. Their subsequent works were released at Comic Market and M3.[3][6]

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 o...", 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.[4]

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.[6]

On September 3, 2006, Sound Horizon released the album Moira. The album featured Takashi Utsunomiya of TM Network as one of the vocalists.[7] Moira debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon weekly album charts, selling over 45,000 copies in its initial week.[8]

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,[9] along with a beta voicebank for Vocaloid known as "Junger März PROTOTYPE β".[3]

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.[2] In 2013, Linked Horizon performed the first three opening themes and the fourth closing theme for the anime adaptation of Attack on Titan along with a series of EPs and albums.[10]

In June 2014, Revo also composed the first opening theme of Sailor Moon Crystal, "Moon Pride".[11]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Doujin albums[edit]

Title Album details
Chronicle
Thanatos
  • Released: August 11, 2002
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
Lost
  • Released: December 30, 2002
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
Pico Magic
  • Released: May 4, 2003
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
Pico Magic Reloaded
  • Released: August 17, 2003
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
Chronicle 2nd
  • Released: March 19, 2004
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD

Sound Horizon major releases[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak position Sales Certifications
JPN
[12]
Elysion ~Rakuen e no Zensōkyoku~

Elysion ~楽園への前奏曲~ (Elysion ~Prelude to Paradise~)

N/A
Elysion ~Rakuen Gensō Monogatari Kumikyoku~

Elysion ~楽園幻想物語組曲~ (Elysion ~Paradise Fantasy Story Suite~)

  • Released: April 13, 2005
  • Label: Bellwood Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
29 N/A
Roman
  • Released: November 22, 2006
  • Label: King Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
19 N/A
Moira
  • Released: September 3, 2008
  • Label: King Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
  • JPN: 45,000+
Märchen
  • Released: December 15, 2010
  • Label: King Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
  • JPN: 100,000+
Chronology [2005-2010]
  • Released: April 13, 2012
  • Label: King Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4
Nein
  • Released: April 22, 2015
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak position Sales Album
JPN
[16]
"Shōnen wa Tsurugi o..."

(少年は剣を… "A Boy's Sword Is...")

2006 9 N/A Non-album single
"Seisen no Iberia"

(聖戦のイベリア "Holy War of Iberia")

2007 8 N/A Chronology [2005-2010]
"Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido"

(イドへ至る森へ至るイド "The Id That Leads to the Forest Leading to the Id")

2010 2
  • JPN: 64,308+
"Halloween to Yoru no Monogatari"

(ハロウィンと夜の物語 "The Story of Halloween and The Night")

2013 3
  • JPN: 65,827+
Non-album singles
"Vanishing Starlight"

(ヴァニシング・スターライト)

2014 3
  • JPN: 47,516+

Linked Horizon[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak position Sales
JPN
[17]
Luxendarc Daikikō

ルクセンダルク大紀行 (Rukusendaruku Daikikō)

15 N/A
Shingeki no Kiseki

進撃の軌跡 (Shingeki no Kiseki)

  • Released: May 17, 2017
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak position Sales Certifications Album
JPN
[19]
"Luxendarc Shokikō"

(ルクセンダルク小紀行 "Rukusendaruku Shokikō")

2012 8 Luxendarc Daikikō
"Jiyū e no Shingeki"

(自由への進撃 "March to Freedom")

2013 2
  • JPN: 250,000+
Shingeki no Kiseki
"Rakuen e no Shingeki"

(楽園への進撃)

2018 5 TBA[23][24]

Others[edit]

Title Details Peak position
JPN
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)

21[25]
"Youth is Like Fireworks"

(青春は花火のように "Seishun wa Hanabi no Yō ni")

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work/Nominee Result
2013 Newtype Anime Awards Best Theme Song "Guren no Yumiya"
(from anime Attack on Titan)
Won[28]
Animation Kobe Awards Theme Song Award "Guren no Yumiya"
(from anime Attack on Titan)
Won[29]
2017 Newtype Anime Awards Best Theme Song "Shinzou wo Sasageyo!"
(from anime Attack on Titan Season 2)
8th place[30]
The Anime Awards Best Opening "Shinzou wo Sasageyo!"
(from anime Attack on Titan Season 2)
Nominated[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sound Horizon Official Site. Profile
  2. ^ a b "ブレイブリーデフォルト』全楽曲はSound HorizonのRevoによる書き下ろし! サントラやRevo新プロジェクトも発表" [All songs of Bravely Default are written by Sound Horizon's Revo! Soundtrack and Revo's new project announced]. Famitsu (in Japanese). June 19, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "物語音楽の旗手Sound Horizonが新曲先行配信 さやわかが「並行世界」をキーワードに読み解く". Real Sound (in Japanese). August 22, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "幻想楽団 Sound Horizonが初TOP10入り?" [Fantasy orchestra Sound Horizon enters the first TOP 10?]. Oricon News (in Japanese). October 4, 2006. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sound Horizon Biography". Generasia.com. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Saiseau, Nikkan (December 1, 2013). "「紅白出場は歴史的事件」3分でわかる、Linked Horizonの歴史" [Kōhaku shutsujō wa rekishi-teki jiken, Linked Horizon history in less than 3 minutes]. Niconico News (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "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. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  8. ^ "Oricon Weekly Album Charts for the third week of September 2008" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Attack on Titan Opening CD Sells 129,000 in 1st Week". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  11. ^ ""Attack on Titan" Theme Song's REVO Composes "Sailor Moon Crystal" Opening". CrunchyRoll. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  12. ^ "Sound Horizonのアルバムランキング" [Sound Horizon album ranking]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Japanese CD certifications 2010" (Enter Sound Horizon into the アーティスト then select 検索) (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. December 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "週間 アルバムランキング 2012年04月23日付(2012年04月09日~2012年04月15日)" [Weekly Album Ranking April 23, 2012 (April 9–15, 2012)]. Oricon (in Japanese). 2012-04-23. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  15. ^ "年間 アルバムランキング 2015年度" [Album Ranking of 2015]. Oricon (in Japanese). 2015-12-26. Archived from the original on 2015-12-26. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  16. ^ "Sound Horizonのシングルランキング" [Sound Horizon single ranking]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Linked Horizonのアルバムランキング" [Linked Horizon album ranking]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  18. ^ "週間 CDアルバムランキング 2017年05月29日付(2017年05月15日~2017年05月21日)" [Weekly CD Album Ranking May 29, 2017 (May 15–21, 2017)]. Oricon (in Japanese). 2017-05-29. Archived from the original on 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  19. ^ "Linked Horizonのシングルランキング" [Linked Horizon single ranking]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "週間 シングルランキング 2012年09月03日付(2012年08月20日~2012年08月26日)" [Weekly Single Ranking September 3, 2012 (August 20–26, 2012)]. Oricon (in Japanese). 2012-09-03. Archived from the original on 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  21. ^ "Japanese CD certifications 2013" (Enter Linked Horizon into the アーティスト then select 検索) (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. August 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  22. ^ "週間 シングルランキング 2018年10月01日付(2018年09月17日~2018年09月23日)" [Weekly Single Ranking October 1, 2018 (September 17–23, 2018)]. Oricon (in Japanese). 2018-10-01. Archived from the original on 2018-09-27. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  23. ^ "Linked Horizon、「進撃の巨人」3期EDテーマ収めた進撃縛りシングル" [Linked Horizon's Attack on Titan Season 3 ending theme be stuck in tying single] (in Japanese). Natalie. July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  24. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 30, 2018). "Linked Horizon Performs Ending Theme for Attack on Titan Season 3 Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  25. ^ "Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Original Soundtrack ranking on Oricon chart". Oricon (in Japanese). October 22, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  26. ^ "Linked Horizon to Perform Opening Theme for Attack on Titan: Junior High TV Anime". Anime News Network. August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  27. ^ TVアニメ「進撃!巨人中学校」OPテーマがLinked Horizonに決定!配信は10月5日から開始!. Attack on Titan: Junior High (in Japanese). August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  28. ^ Loo, Egan (October 14, 2013). "Attack on Titan wins Top Prizes in Newtype Anime Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  29. ^ Loo, Egan (October 25, 2013). "Hayao Miyazaki, 'Attack on Titan', 'Garden of Words' win Anime Kobe Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  30. ^ Loo, Egan (October 7, 2017). "Fate/Apocrypha, Sword Art Online Movie win Top Newtype Anime Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  31. ^ Orsini, Lauren (January 17, 2018). "Here are all the nominees for The Crunchyroll Anime Awards". Forbes. Retrieved April 11, 2018.

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