Sound Horizon

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Sound Horizon
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Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Sound Horizon:
Linked Horizon:
Years active 2001–present
Labels Bellwood RECORDS
(2004–2006)
King Records
(2006–2011)
Pony Canyon
(October 1, 2011–present)
Associated acts
Website soundhorizon.com
Members Revo
Past members See Sound Horizon band members

Sound Horizon is a Japanese musical group with composer Revo (Japanese pronunciation: [re̞vo]) (ja) 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]

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.[2] 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 2002, 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.

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, 2006, Sound Horizon released the album Moira. The album featured Takashi Utsunomiya of TM Network as one of the vocalists.[3] Moira debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon weekly album charts, selling over 45,000 copies in its initial week.[4]

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,[5] 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, Linked Horizon performed the opening themes for the 2013 anime adaptation of Attack on Titan collected on their single "Jiyū e no Shingeki".[6]

In June 2014, it was announced that Revo would also be composing the opening theme of Sailor Moon Crystal, "Moon Pride".[7]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Doujin albums[edit]

Year Album Details
2001 Chronicle
  • Released: December 30, 2001
2002 Thanatos
  • Released: August 11, 2002
Lost
  • Released: December 30, 2002
2003 Pico Magic
  • Released: May 4, 2003
Pico Magic Reloaded
  • Released: August 17, 2003
2004 Chronicle 2nd
  • Released: March 19, 2004

Sound Horizon major releases[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details
2004 Elysion ~Rakuen e no Zensōkyoku~

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

  • Released: October 27, 2004
2005 Elysion ~Rakuen Gensō Monogatari Kumikyoku~

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

  • Released: April 13, 2005
2006 Roman
  • Released: November 22, 2006
2008 Moira
  • Released: September 3, 2008
2010 Märchen
  • Released: December 15, 2010
2012 Chronology [2005-2010]
  • Released: April 13, 2012
2015 Nein
  • Released: April 22, 2015

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2006 "Shōnen wa Tsurugi o..."

少年は剣を… ("A Boy's Sword Is...")

  • Released: October 4, 2006
2007 "Seisen no Iberia"

聖戦のイベリア ("Holy War of Iberia")

  • Released: August 1, 2007
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")

  • Released: June 16, 2010
2013 "Halloween to Yoru no Monogatari"

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

  • Released: October 9, 2013
2014 "VANISHING STARLIGHT"

ヴァニシング・スターライト

  • Released: October 1, 2014

Linked Horizon[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details
2012 Luxendarc Daikikō

ルクセンダルク大紀行 (Rukusendaruku Daikikō)

  • Released: September 19, 2012
2017 Shingeki no Kiseki

進撃の軌跡 (Shingeki no Kiseki)

  • Released: May 17, 2017

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2012 "Luxendarc Shokikō"

ルクセンダルク小紀行 ("Rukusendaruku Shokikō")

  • Released: August 22, 2012
2013 "Jiyū e no Shingeki"

自由への進撃 ("March to Freedom")

  • Released: July 3, 2013

Others[edit]

Year Title
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)

  • Released: October 10, 2012
2015 "Youth is Like Fireworks"

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

  • Released: October 5, 2015[8][9]

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