Named for the final resting place of warriors in Roman Mythology, the Sacramento, CA based Elysia create epic battle hymns for the metal and hardcore set. On Lion Of Judas, excessively brutal but socially conscious vocalist Zak Vargas espouses on society’s ills from a youthful viewpoint. Starting the band when he was fifteen, Zak has literally grown up in Elysia and he says it shows on their forthcoming album to be released this summer on Ferret Music. “When we first started we got comments about our first demos as being misogynistic and I think this record shows how we’ve grown as people and adults in the musicianship and lyrics. We have a two part song on the album that talks about woman’s rights and values, which I felt was important to address in our music.” Though the band plays metal, they consider themselves to have the attitude of a hardcore band in their live performances leaning heavily on audience interaction to create the spirit that their punk heroes did.