Reviews for “Elusive Reflections” (2016):

 

 10/10 by Metalship, in French:

"Impressionnant de justesse et de maturité, PERSONA livre un premier album en tous points remarquable qui mérite bien la note maximale. Le groupe démontre qu’il est encore possible de faire souffler un vent de fraîcheur sur sa discipline et nous donne une claque monumentale avec Elusive reflections. Messieurs les directeurs de labels, PERSONA n’attend plus que vous ! "
http://fr.metalship.org/albums/36732-Elusive_Reflections



9/10 by Rock Station, in French:

"Le style Musical qui correspond le mieux aux Tunisiens est le Métal Alternatif mais peu importe l'étiquette, la Musique est un cri qui vient de l'intérieur et l'intérieur de Persona est d'une richesse à couper le souffle. Le groupe joue la carte de la Puissance, mais la puissance paraît bien fade sans la mélodie, et c'est là que Jelena et ses compères se distinguent. Contrairement à bon nombre de formations qui tentent désespérément d'exister dans un genre qui commence à s'essouffler, en l'occurrence le Métal Symphonique. Persona apporte quelque chose de nouveau, et c'est la raison pour laquelle je les apprécie autant"
                                       http://rock-station.over-blog.com/2016/02/persona-elusive-reflections-2016.html



9.5/10 by Sorrow Eternal, in English:

"This is music of strength, of conviction, and of power, and it should be handled as such. By the time the last track has come and gone, it won't matter who's holding the mic or where they're from. What matters is what you've heard, contained and compressed into megabytes and kilobytes. The year is still young, but to this very moment, Elusive Reflections stands as the best female fronted metal album of 2016, if not the strongest release overall. And, quite frankly, anyone coming for that throne is going to have a battle ahead"
                                       http://www.sorroweternal.com/reviews/2016/2/10/persona-elusive-reflections-2016



5/5 by MFG radio, in German:

"Persona haben es mir vom ersten Ton an angetan. Die Instrumentalisierung gepaart mit der genialen Stimme von Jelena bittet einen wahren Ohrenschmaus, der sich keinesfalls hinten anstellen muss. Das dies ein Erstling sein soll, kann man sich kaum vorstellen."
http://mfg-radio.de/forum/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=458




7/10 by Cowboys from Rock, in Spanish:

" Este primer viaje al estudio de la banda tunecina resulta ser una travesía muy interesante. El disco tiene mucha fusión de géneros siendo su más grande influencia el metal sinfónico y el power metal, paseándose a veces por las partes más melódicas, y a veces haciéndole un guiño al thrash metal ochentoso."
http://cowboysfromrock.com/persona-elusive-reflection/

 

9/10 by Musipedia of Metal, in English:

"In a very oversubscribed genre of female fronted metal, lets hope that people take notice of this band as they are very good, they have just enough it sublime debut from a band that have the talent to go very far indeed, they are added to the list and very near the top on this evidence"
http://musipediaofmetal.blogspot.com/2016/02/reviews-holy-grail-persona-lugnet.html




8.50/10 by Dead Rhetoric, in English:

"It takes a lot to stand out and impress when it comes to female-fronted symphonic/progressive metal. One really needs to find a way to sell your product, and the Tunisian band Persona does a thorough job of it with their debut Elusive Reflections. Rare is the band that can come out of the gate so confidently displaying such diversity in the genre. With such a strong debut, it’s hard not to think about the potential of the band moving forward"
 http://deadrhetoric.com/reviews/persona-elusive-reflections-self-released/



8.75/10 by Ravenheart Music, in English:
"Upon listening to this recording, this band to be perfectly honest is set to take the Europeans on at their own game, with this, their debut full length album - this is a stunning debut from this North African band, and is certainly an album worth checking out."
http://www.ravenheartmusic.com/products-group-92.html





70/100 by The Pit of the Damned, in Italian:

"Lo stile dei Persona si identifica come un power solido, con chitarre piene e un sound potente su una doppia cassa aggressiva e onnipresente, anche quando le ritmiche si fanno più blande. Le tastiere si ricavano ampio spazio all'interno dei brani, insistenti ma non eccessive, e vengono spesso coinvolte in sezioni strumentali e ricchi assoli, intrecciandosi con le chitarre."
http://thepitofthedamned.blogspot.com/2016/05/persona-elusive-reflections.html



5/5 by Music Waves, in French:

"La maturité impressionnante de ce premier album ne peut qu’imposer le respect. Si la découverte d’un nouveau groupe est toujours émouvante, dans ce cas précis l’émotion se transforme bien vite en exultation. Persona dispose de tellement d’atouts, de richesse, de classe et d’ambition musicale qu’il mérite de notre part un prosélytisme bienveillant, en attendant une reconnaissance internationale qui ne serait que justice."
http://www.musicwaves.fr/frmReview.aspx?ID=14232&REF=PERSONA_Elusive-Reflections



8.5/10 by The Metal Gods Meltdown, in English:

"[ElusiveReflections] opens with “Somebody Else” and you are instantly struck by the musicianship ,it all melds together and takes you on a scintillating journey of Metal with a Middle Eastern vibe, it’s a terrific opener that then leads to the song that got me hooked on this band the awesome “Blinded” it rises and falls making you feel like you are on a magic carpet ride gliding, swaying and floating over the red hot deserts of North Africa. The guitar solo is solid , and combined with the beautiful vocals from Jelena Dobric it draws you in and leaves you transfixed..."
                                         http://www.themetgodsmeltdown.com/#!persona-elusive-reflections/c8wn



7/10 by Fobia Zine, in Czech:

"Další výraznou devizou desetiskladbové kolekce s lehce orientálním nádechem je pak každopádně hlas vokalistky (rovněž textařky a skladatelky) Jeleny, která svým výkonem dodává písním patřičnou atmosféru. Její zpěv na mě působí velice jistě, svěže a přirozeně (žádné operní party), což jenom umocňuje můj výsledný dojem z poslechu alba"
http://www.fobiazine.net/article/9302/persona--elusive-reflections/



9/10 by Darkzen, in English and Spanish:

"Felicidades a la banda Persona, por haber hecho este álbum! Una influencia muy fuerte de un Metal Goth/Sinfonico, tiene sonidos oscuros y pesados, rápidos y lentos, con una hermosa voz de Jelena muy notable, un timbre en su voz muy claro! Un sonido propio y mezcla moderna de estilos únicos! De hecho en la parte melódica y rítmica pesada en los momentos que cambia en velocidad nos plasma un sonido melódico muy moderno al Thrash metal. "
                                      http://darkzen0710.wix.com/darkzenmetalangels#!review-of-elusive-reflections/zyp99



76% by Metal Revolution, in English:
"[Elusive Reflections] is a catchy, easy-listenable and very melodious album - As first releases go, Elusive   Reflections is a pretty decent one."
http://www.metal-revolution.com/reviews/persona-elusive-reflections
 





10/10 by Taste of Khaos, in English:
"An exceptional intensity reigns in a mighty fashion within the vocals, both beautiful, clear and extraordinary.Endless passion washes over the tracks leaving no doubt in my mind just how mind blowing their music is."
http://www.tasteofkhaos.com/reviews/persona-elusive-reflections





88/10 by Serbian Metal Portal, in Serbian:

"Na kraju, ako je suditi po ovom debi izdanju, i perfekcionizmu koji je cela ekipa pokazala – sasvim je izvesno da nas od Persone očekuje mnogo toga divnog u predstojećem periodu."
http://www.serbian-metal.org/recenzije/audio/9612/persona-elusive-reflections/




16/20 by Kaos Guards, in French:

"La musique du fait est plutôt intéressante, en particulier le contraste entre modernité (mise en son heavy, rythmiques saccadées) et tradition (solo de guitare, touches folks orientales) dont le traitement est assez original (en général les groupes sonnent soit très modernes, comme Amaranthe ou les récents Lacuna Coil, soit très "classiques", comme Epica ou After Forever). Je peux imaginer que les amateurs de Lacuna Coil et Lullacry ne devraient pas être déçus par un premier effort que je situerais largement au-dessus de la moyenne. A ce moment de leur carrière, croyez-moi, c’est une sacré démonstration qui nous est proposée."
                                       http://www.kaosguards.com/content/view/10738/1/



4/5 by PlanetMosh, in English:
"A Tunisian treat for female vocalist fans throughout the metal scene."
http://planetmosh.com/persona-elusive-reflections/






4/5 by AudioInferno, in English:

"Jumping right into the album, the stand out songs are Blinded, Monster, Ageless, He Kills Me More... Trust me when I say there’s something for everyone here in. It’s actually amazing how they pulled that off. When you get hold of the album you get ten songs to love.Elusive Reflection is a must have. What better way can I put it. It’s a bright spark from the northern part of Africa and we here at AudioInferno.com can only imagine what else eludes us up there. "
                                       http://www.audioinferno.com/2016/02/19/8255/



95% by BDP Metal, in English:

"Alternative Metal with Symphonic and some Middle Eastern element. This the Beauty of Modernity."
http://www.bdpmetal.net/2016/08/reviews-persona-elusive-reflections.html





7/10 by Grande Rock, in English:

"...but with this being their debut, the young Tunisians show a lot of promise that they could possibly capitalize with their next release. Check them out, you might actually like them…"
http://www.grande-rock.com/reviews/persona-elusive-reflections




16/20 by Aux Portes du Metal, in French:

"Elusive Reflections se révèle être un très bon premier album, d’un groupe qui montre déjà un gros potentiel.     Persona, un groupe à découvrir au plus vite et à soutenir ! "
http://www.auxportesdumetal.com/reviews/Persona/persona-elusivereflections.html




9/10 by Global Metalapocalypse, in English:

"Elusive Reflections' can sit proudly as a sharp contender for 'Tunisian Metal release of the year'. Watch this group with interest, because they are destined to go places."
http://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-iii/category/tunisia




9/10 by Metal Qualicad, in English:

"The album starts with the oriental strings of Somebody Else, that immediately situates the band, followed by the awesome melodic hymn that is Blinded (first video). There are no weak songs, each one has its own flavour and surprises, and the album ends perfectly with one of the best ballads heard in years"
http://metal.qualicad.com/



10/15 by MyRevelations, in German:

"Dabei tönen Persona 100 % europäisch, hier gibt es keine orientalischen Vibes zu hören. Der Gesang ist gut und kein "Operngerträller", selbst der Videoclip zu "Blinded" ist verdammt professionell geworden. Hier kann direkt sehen, dass die Combo Talent und Biss hat."
http://www.myrevelations.de/index.php?section=reviews&module=cdreviews&submodule=review_detail&  reviewid=15329




7.5/10 by Behind the Veil webzine, in English:

"PERSONA play modern symphonic metal and they don’t fear to sound heavy too. With their debut album they show that they are a band with good ideas, talent and above all they have real passion for what they do. I think that people who are into this kind of music should check this very promising band from Tunis out."
http://www.behindtheveil.hostingsiteforfree.com/index.php/reviews/new-albums/2230-persona-elusive-reflections



4/5 by Metal Rules, in English:

"Generally, I am quite impressed with Persona. (...) Their songs are good enough to warrant attention. If this style of music is your thing, definitely consider adding Persona to your rotation. Fans of Delain, Edenbridge and Deathstars will enjoy Persona"
http://www.metal-rules.com/review/viewreview.php?month=April&year=2016&pos=36




75/100 by Metalzone Hellas, in Greek:

"Μπορώ λοιπόν να πω με σιγουριά, μετά από σαράντα έξι λεπτά και  επτά δευτερόλεπτα πως μιλάμε για ένα λίγο περίεργο μίγμα. Πολύ μελωδικοί μεν αλλά με μεγάλη δόση μελαγχολίας στα τραγούδια τους. Το πολύ καλό μιξάρισμα αλλά και γενικά η παραγωγή είναι κάτι που κολακεύει συνολικά την εικόνα τους"
http://www.metalzone.gr/reviews.php?action=details&id=3838&lang=en

 

8/10 by Soil Chronicles, in French:
http://www.soilchronicles.fr/chroniques/persona-elusive-reflections







by Metal4Africa, in English:

"At this early point of the album, already, we can tell that the musical instincts of the creative minds within this band are strong, and they continue to effortlessly navigate our listening pleasure through the remaining eight songs of their self-produced soundscape which follows. Soaring vocals, beautiful harmonies and delicate interludes are juxtaposed against aggressive bridges, flashy solos and other instrumental wizardry to satisfy the tastes progressive, rock, heavy metal and gothic sensibilities. One can easily forget that they are listening to a humble local band from the ironic setting of North Africa, and who have not yet even ventured beyond the border of their own country. My imagination could easily place Persona on tour as supporting the likes of Lacuna Coil or Within Temptation"
                                         http://metal4africa.com/reviews/review-elusive-reflections-by-persona/



by Franconia Metallum, in German:

"Den exotischen Einschlag hört man bereits bei dem Opener "Somebody Else" und gerade dies verleiht den Songs des Sextetts aus Tunesien eine besondere Note. PERSONA verstehen es, eingängige Melodien mit satten Gitarrenriffs zu vermischen und mit der elfenhaften Stimme von Frontfrau Jelena Dobric zu veredeln"
http://www.franconiametallum.de/cd-reviews/genreportal-cd-reviews/persona-elusive-reflections/

 

by Sons Of Metal, in French:

"Un Metal mélodique qui n’a pas laissé sa hargne au vestiaire, aidé par un guitariste de haut niveau et une chanteuse à la voix charmeuse, voila en résumé la recette de Persona. Pour ma part, elle m’a convaincue"
http://sons-of-metal.com/2016/04/27/persona-elusive-reflections-le-charmeur-de-serpent-avait-une-image-avec-persona-vous-lui-trouverez-une-musique/



by SYN.org, in English:

"Elusive Reflections is a fine piece of art that hopefully is the first of many well-crafted and polished recordings from Persona."
http://syn.org.au/features/music-reviews/album-review-persona-elusive-reflections




 

by Dark World, in Russian:

" В общем, самый настоящий метал с чистым женским вокалом, который мало у кого получается, т.к. требует очень тяжелой работы буквально во всем и африканцы эту работу действительно выполнили очень похвально. Вот действительно не ожидал я такого услышать, а тем более от дебюта. Так что не стоит воротить нос и обходить альбом стороной. Очень много потеряете, не услышав эту красоту. По моему личному мнению - чистая пятерочка!

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Dead Rhetoric, in English:

"...With metal being a truly global entity, it never comes as a surprise anymore to find bands working the trenches in places that one doesn’t associate with metal. But there’s always something continually enjoyable about finding a real gem among the Bandcamp crowd such as Tunisia’s Persona. Armed with all of the tools to truly succeed in the metal world, it’s just a matter of the band making a name for themselves – something they seem very willing to make the effort for based upon their debut, Elusive Reflections. Combining elements of symphonic metal, rock, some shredding solos..."

                                    Continue reading: http://deadrhetoric.com/features/persona-expanding-reflections/



Sorrow Eternal, in English:

"...We often only get to see the finished result of years worth of work; we don't always have the opportunity to look behind the curtain, at what makes our favorite artists tick, and what detours they had to take getting from Point A to Point B. We had the chance to talk to Jelena Dobric, frontwoman of one of Tunisia's greatest musical exports, Persona, about exactly that. She tells us what it's like being in a metal band in Northern Africa, being your own manager, and what it's like to be a woman in the boys club of metal..."

                                     Continue reading: http://www.sorroweternal.com/interview/2016/2/25/jelena-dobric-persona



Ravenheartmusic, in English:

"...I am rather impressed by the debut album from Tunisian band PERSONA. So much so I thought I would interview their singer Jelena. So I did and here it is.....
...Hi Jelena, many thanks for letting me chat to you. Can we be introduced to the members of the band and can you tell us how you all came together to form PERSONA?
Jelena: Hi Dave, and thank you for this interview! Persona started in 2012, first as a project between Melik (lead guitarist) and me (vocals)..."


                                  Continue reading: http://www.ravenheartmusic.com/press-group-319.html



The Metal Gods Meltdown, in English:

"MM: It's great to chat to you tonight. First of all, how would you best describe your music to any of your of your listeners who are currently unfamiliar with your music?
Jelena: Hi Sebastian, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. We define our genre as alternative metal because thee are many different elements in it: some power and progressive influences, but also elements of symphonic, thrash and heavy metal, some classical music influences too. I think it's best to just give it a listen and form your own impressions..."


                                    Continue reading: http://www.themetgodsmeltdown.com/#!persona-interview/c1gf3



Aux Portes du Metal, in French:

"...Salut Persona et merci de nous accorder cette interview. A ma connaissance, il s'agit de votre première interview pour un webzine français… et en tout cas pour nous. Alors vous ne couperez pas à la question d'usage : pouvez-vous présenter le groupe et ses membres. Quand a-t-il été formé, par qui?
Melik: Bonjour Aux Portes du Metal et merci beaucoup pour cette interview ! Le groupe s’est formé en 2012, par moi-même à la guitare et Jelena Dobric au chant. Au fil des mois nous ont rejoints Yosri Ouada à la  guitare aussi, Youssef Aouadi à la batterie, Walid Bessadok au clavier et enfin Nesrine Mahbouli à la basse..."


                                  Continue reading: http://www.auxportesdumetal.com/interviews/2016/Persona2016-fr.html



Kaosguards, in French:

"...A peine sorti d'une interview avec les algériens de Lelahell, on retourne dans les pays d'Afrique du Nord et plus exactement en Tunisie. Cette fois-ci pas d'extrême furieux mais du metal symphonique à chanteuse. Un premier essai concluant qui a fait l'objet d'une chronique dans nos pages incite Kaosguards à plus de curiosité quand à la destinée de PERSONA..."

                                     Continue reading: http://www.kaosguards.com/content/view/10858/35/



Metal Revolution, in English:

Their debut album Elusive Reflections has just been released and we at Metal Revolution are the first international media to review this album and introduce this hard-working talented sixtet from Tunisia. So here follows a short transcript of a conversation I recently had with their front-woman Jelena Dobric. - See more at: http://www.metal-revolution.com/interview/persona-tunesia#sthash.h7xATE5F.dpuf
Their debut album Elusive Reflections has just been released and we at Metal Revolution are the first international media to review this album and introduce this hard-working talented sixtet from Tunisia. So here follows a short transcript of a conversation I recently had with their front-woman Jelena Dobric. - See more at: http://www.metal-revolution.com/interview/persona-tunesia#sthash.h7xATE5F.dpuf
Their debut album Elusive Reflections has just been released and we at Metal Revolution are the first international media to review this album and introduce this hard-working talented sixtet from Tunisia. So here follows a short transcript of a conversation I recently had with their front-woman Jelena Dobric. - See more at: http://www.metal-revolution.com/interview/persona-tunesia#sthash.h7xATE5F.dpuf
Their debut album Elusive Reflections has just been released and we at Metal Revolution are the first international media to review this album and introduce this hard-working talented sixtet from Tunisia. So here follows a short transcript of a conversation I recently had with their front-woman Jelena Dobric. - See more at: http://www.metal-revolution.com/interview/persona-tunesia#sthash.h7xATE5F.dpuf
Their debut album Elusive Reflections has just been released and we at Metal Revolution are the first international media to review this album and introduce this hard-working talented sixtet from Tunisia. So here follows a short transcript of a conversation I recently had with their front-woman Jelena Dobric. - See more at: http://www.metal-revolution.com/interview/persona-tunesia#sthash.h7xATE5F.dpuf

"...Persona's debut album Elusive Reflections has just been released and we at Metal Revolution are the first international media to review this album and introduce this hard-working talented sixtet from Tunisia. So here follows a short transcript of a conversation I recently had with their front-woman Jelena Dobric..."

                                  Continue reading: http://www.metal-revolution.com/interview/persona-tunesia



Darkzen Metal Angels, in English and Spanish:

"...Greetings! Jelena thank you very much! To know about you! And Friends of the band! Tell us about you! Who is Jelena?
Jelena: First of all, thank you for this interview, Jose! I’m a Serbian girl who moved to Tunisia a bit more than 4 years ago. I’m a pianist and a singer since my early age, and I couldn’t imagine myself being happy in life with doing something that’s not related to music in some way..."

                                         Continue reading: http://darkzen0710.wix.com/darkzenmetalangels#!interview-with-jelena-dobric/laa9q



Metalzone Hellas, in English and Greek:

"...Due to the debut release of The Tunisian progressive Heavy Metal band Persona, Metalzone had the chance to learn some special details about their first complete work called Elusive Reflections. Jelena Dobric, the band’s singer, is willing of giving us some important information..."

Continue reading: http://www.metalzone.gr/interviews.php?action=details&id=355&lang=en


 

Grande Rock, in English:

"...Persona is a female-fronted newcomer from Tunisia that has just released its debut album. In order to find out more about this upcoming new band, Grande Rock got in touch with the vocalist & composer Jelena Dobric. Read below what the beautiful singer told us…"

   Continue reading: http://www.grande-rock.com/interviews/persona



Ultraje, in Portuguese:

"...Simpáticos e alegres desde o primeiro momento em que e-mails foram trocados, decidimos premiar os tunisinos Persona com uma entrevista ímpar. Dar voz a bandas menos conhecidas e oriundas de regiões menos inclinadas à música metal é dar voz a todo um movimento de melómanos que vive para a música sem, muitas vezes, se ter algo de volta. As linhas seguintes demonstram o que os Persona sentem ao conseguirem lançar um disco e abrem o livro sobre o que gostariam de viver no futuro..."

                                          Continue reading: http://ultraje.pt/entrevista-persona-as-mascaras-que-nunca-caem/



Fobia Zine, in English and Czech:

"When was your group set up, why this particular name, what does it mean and what the initial reason of its creation?
Jelena: First of all, thank you for taking the time to interview us!  „PERSONA“ was set up in 2012 and it first started as a project between Melik (the lead guitarist) and me, but very soon after that the actual band was formed. The meaning behind the word itself is based on psychological concept of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung..." 


                                      Continue reading: http://www.fobiazine.net/article/9346/persona--8222;10-questions8220;/



MetalSound, in English:

"Persona comes from Tunisia. Thus far the band has released one studio album Elusive Reflections (Independent 2016). Persona belongs to newcomers with female fronted vocals (Jelena). These bands have become quite popular today so the band has already gained some attention here and there but, yet they are unsigned..."

                                        Continue reading: https://metal-sound.net/persona-elusive-reflections/



Rock Cultura Historias, in English and Spanish:

"...PERSONA is considered one of the most prominent and influential in the metal scene bands in Tunisia.
Their debut album Elusive Reflections is very good, excellent manufacturing arrangements of each song, and the lyrics reflect a mood of sadness-anger at times and heartbreak-resignation in others..."


                               Continue reading: http://rock-cultura-historias.blogspot.mx/2016/07/persona-tunez.html


 

Serbian Metal Portal, in Serbian:

"...Tunižanski alternative metal sastav Persona nedavno je realizovao debi album Elusive Reflections u samostalnoj varijanti. Za mikrofonom ovog odličnog benda je “naša” Jelena Dobrić, devojka koje će se upućeniji u srpsku metal scenu setiti i kao pevačice nekadašnjeg beogradskog prog metal sastava Inumbro. Jelena je u međuvremenu preselila u Tunis, gde se sa sastavom Persona posvetila ozbiljnom radu, a rezultat toga je album koji je, prema njenim rečima, naišao na pozitivne kritike, kako medija, tako i publike..."

                                    Continue reading: http://www.serbian-metal.org/intervjui/10787/jelena-dobric-persona-za-smp-nije-lako-baviti-se-metalom-u-tunisu/


 

The Toilet Ov Hell, in English:

"...Jelena from Tunisian symphonic metallers Persona sat down to chat with us about the Tunisian metal scene, Tunisian food and their excellent debut record Elusive Reflections, easily one of my favorite releases of the year so far..."

Continue reading: http://www.toiletovhell.com/8-questions-with-tunisian-metal-band-persona/