Sound Horizon

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Sound Horizon
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Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Sound Horizon:
Progressive rock, neo-prog, symphonic rock, art rock
Linked Horizon:
Progressive metal, symphonic metal
Years active 2001–present
Labels Bellwood RECORDS
King Records
Pony Canyon
(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
Members Revo
Past members See Sound Horizon band members

Sound Horizon is a Japanese musical group with composer Revo (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.


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 2002, 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, 2006, Sound Horizon released the album Moira. The album featured Takashi Utsunomiya of TM Network as one of the vocalists.[1] Moira debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon weekly album charts, selling over 45,000 copies in its initial week.[2]

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,[3] 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".[4]

In June 2014, it was announced that Revo would also be composing the opening theme of Sailor Moon Crystal, "Moon Pride".[5]



Doujin albums[edit]

  • Chronicle - December 30, 2001
  • Thanatos - August 11, 2002
  • Lost - December 30, 2002
  • Pico Magic - May 4, 2003
  • Pico Magic Reloaded - August 17, 2003
  • Chronicle 2nd - March 19, 2004

Sound Horizon major releases[edit]

  • 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 Leads 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. "The Story of Halloween and The Night") - October 9, 2013
  • "VANISHING STARLIGHT" (ヴァニシング・スターライト?, lit. "Vanishing Starlight") - October 1, 2014
  • Nein - April 22, 2015

Linked Horizon[edit]

  • "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
  • "Youth is Like Fireworks" (青春は花火のように "Seishun wa Hanabi no Yō ni"?) - October 5, 2015[6][7]


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