Element X is a five piece independent hard rock band active since 2014. The band released their first E.P. called "The Prologue" in 2015 and have played many gigs around Ireland since then.
As of 2018, Element X are hard at work on writing material for their second studio release, and also keeping very active in the live rock/metal scene.
Element X is pure hard rock with a savage metal edge and a twist of alternative angst. They have made an impression on the musical world with their own unique spin of this melding of the powerhouse genres.
Let’s start out with Full Throttle, and trust me it makes you take on the day with that kind of energy. This is the song you can see thousands of people getting into their cars, dreading the day of work or school that lies before them, then hearing this song come on, cranking up the volume and drumming on their steering wheel to the beat and singing at the top of their lungs. Of course that energy will carry on and you might end up slam dancing your way into your cubicle but at least the feelings of dread and lack of motivation are now but a distant memory. The vocal style is loud, powerful, and gritty, the guitar is fast and adrenaline pumping, finishing off the song is the hypnotic rhythm of the drum that becomes the heartbeat of the song. This song really sets the stage for one epic musical ride you are about to embark on.
Reaper Fire - Element X
Showing their artistic chops in a more sinister sound is the song Reaper Fire, it has the adrenaline pumping vibe you get throughout their album The Prologue but Reaper Fire starts out with this hypnotic guitar cadence to captivate you, leading you into a haunting and intense musical arrangement where once again the gritty vocals are the star of the show. It is not the same type of energy where you want to slam dance into your co workers, it’s more of a brooding energy. Like you picture the evil madman sitting in his dungeon surrounded by darkness plotting what he is going to do to all those who have wronged him. The guitars enhance the story with their speed, riffs, and breakdowns, and the drums provide the strong heartbeat to the song. Each “character” of the band brings their usual intensity that you come to enjoy as you listen to the music but they certainly do not play the same character, there is a subtle variety where the songs sound cohesive rather than chaotic.
The song that displays the variety which I spoke of is You’ll Always Be. It is a slower paced song but certainly not what I would consider a ballad. It is a brooding angsty energy of someone being wrong and singing their heart about what evil was done to them and singing to the person who did it. We have all dealt with a monster in our lives, in one way or another, so this is your anthem to release that pain and anger. Sometimes the monster needs to hear exactly what they did to you, not so they can change because honestly, do they ever change? But they need to hear that they can’t break you, to set yourself free. You didn’t deserve the pain and it was not you who caused that evil to be done to you. A monster is sometimes just a monster and likes to hurt others. Who knows, maybe after hearing this song, more people will take a moment for self reflection and make sure they are not the monster in which the song sings about and maybe a wave of change will come across society where people are more mindful of how their actions or words might hurt another soul. Back to the song, it starts out with the gut wrenching pain of being hurt, but then leads into this enchanting breakdown which is the moment of freedom where the guitars and drums are gently guiding you back to the light, then the vocals are commanding the dark to release you and allow you to return back to the serenity of the world and return the light back to your heart. I would have to say, personally speaking, this song is the most powerful on the album and my personal favorite. I love it when music is a release but also a self check tool to ensure we are not becoming the monster that hurt us in the beginning.
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