EXILED HOPE Releases Power Metal Anthem “Lightborn”

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EXILED HOPE, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Sofia Frasz has released her anthemic power metal song “Lightborn“. The song is taken from her upcoming concept album Apocrypha, which is due to be released on April 11th 2025. Apocrypha tells the story from the eyes of one who could be Hope’s enemy… but will he join forces with her or will he succumb to temptations that abound on his side?

Sofia comments, “This was the last song I recorded for the album, and it’s one of my favorites that I’ve ever recorded in terms of melody and structure. I composed and recorded the entire song in about 4 hours the weekend before the 2nd year of law school started. It’s a little more stripped-down and less nuanced than many of the other songs on the album, but that allows the melody room to breathe and carry the story forward. “Lightborn” is simultaneously optimistic and regretful, with one foot planted firmly in “I’m sorry” and the other rooted in “…but together, we can survive anything if we can learn to forgive each other and conquer our own flaws.”

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Multi-instrumentalist Sofia Frasz established EXILED HOPE in 2019, and draws musical inspiration from the likes of AVANTASIA, NIGHTWISH, KAMELOT and CRADLE OF FILTH to name a few. EXILED HOPE’s releases all take place in the same fictional universe and combine to form a dark fantasy metal opera. Each album centers on a character dealing with both an internal and external conflict in this world, and the lyrics explore how they navigate those conflicts. This is intended to provide some kind of escapism through the lyrical worldbuilding, while still keeping the songs grounded in real, relatable emotions despite their fantastical setup. EXILED HOPE is working towards the next album, Apocrypha, due to be released in late 2024. Through EXILED HOPE, Sofia has composed music for two short films, Hallowed Paths and What Happens After Midnight, and has collaborated with UK melodeath outfit STEEL FORGE. 

Sofia Frasz – all instruments and all vocals
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