|ojotigre||Fecha: Viernes, 2013-11-08, 10:44 AM | Mensaje # 1|
|Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies of the Night (2013) |
In 2011, the most international band in the world will release “Meredead”,
and once again reclaim the coveted spotlight that will place them at
the pinnacle of the symphonic- rock and metal genre.
With "Meredead", Leaves' Eyes opens a new chapter of Nordic mythology.
Their latest masterpiece frees them from all past genre restrictions,
allowing them to evolve into a rocking, contemporary, and more
enthralling force than ever before.
As made evident by the debut album “Lovelorn” (2004), Leaves’ Eyes came
into being during a walk in the woods. The musicians are able to convert
nature’s impressions into music in an incomparable way. Thorsten Bauer
and Mathias Röderer established an exceptional guitar sound with the
first album that has been a band trademark ever since. However, it is
Liv Kristine’s unique voice that serves as the linchpin in Leaves’ Eyes.
On “Lovelorn”, Liv sings about a magical world filled with mermaids,
love and tragedy. With this concept album, the band not only enthralls
the ears, but in particular the imagination of the listener. The members
of Leaves’ Eyes do not merely write songs, their music tells of sagas
and legends. Like no other newcomer band, Leaves’ Eyes received
exceptional feedback and coverage from the press (including interviews
and cover stories). The fanbase continued to grow within a matter of
weeks until the numbers filled the hall of the Wave Gotik Treffen 2004,
celebrating the band’s stage premier.
The spectacular and rapid success of Leaves’ Eyes does not happen
without a reason. Every band member had already been gathering
professional experience in other musical endeavors for years before
joining Leaves’ Eyes. In the mid 90s Liv Kristine’s voice was like a
beacon in the gothic scene, while singing for Theatre of Tragedy. The
Norwegian band established the marriage of Metal with the female voice,
and their club hit “Tanz der Schatten” became synonymous with the
direction and expression of a whole musical genre. In addition, Liv
Kristine conquered the pop scene and sang the songs to TV hits like
“Tatort” and “Schimanski”.
In Leaves’ Eyes, Liv is supported by the band members of Atrocity. The
metal heavyweights recently earned top honors for being the “most
diverse Metal band”. With each and every album, Atrocity sets landmarks.
This can be Death Metal (“Todessehnsucht”), “Electro (“Die Liebe”) or
epic music “Calling the Rain”). Their series of “Werk 80” albums is a
legend of its own and skyrocketed the band into higher chart positions
(e.g. position 19 for “Werk 80 II”). Liv calls the members of Atrocity
“the best musicians and friends in the world”, having the perfect
partners at her side.
One year after “Lovelorn”, Leaves’ Eyes made waves with the follow up
“Vinland Saga” (2005). The single “Elegy” stays four weeks in the German
charts. The elaborate animated video clip was broadcasted by TV
stations all over the world and is the adaptation of the album’s
concept, which deals with the Viking Leif Eriksson. PRO7 used “Elegy” as
the official song for the series “NUMB3RS”. Like the classic composers,
Leaves’ Eyes turn legends and tales into songs. The music on “Vinland
Saga” invokes the mighty forces of nature and the fighting Vikings in
the mind of the listener. Once again, Liv Kristine’s love for heir
native Norway shines throughout the compositions and it is clear that
her band cohorts also long for the magic this country has to offer.
Leaves’ Eyes is not just a studio band, despite numerous chart entries.
They play live shows on a regular basis and traveled all over the world
to bring their music to their dedicated fans. Since “Lovelorn”, it seems
like the band has been on tour forever. In only four years, the band
traveled through four continents, 34 countries and played 222 concerts.
Fans from South America, North America, Australia, and Europe prove that
a love for music transcends all borders. This comes as no surprise, as
the band comprises members from Germany, Norway, and North America. The
Live DVD “We Came With the Northern Winds / En Saga I Belgia” (2009)
entered the German DVD charts at number 11. This exclusive package
documented the exceptional history of the band. In addition, the DVD
features the legendary concert at the Metal Female Voices Festival 2007.
This headline show presented the fans with an impressive Viking
longship on stage.
"Njord" continued the triumphs of the band. The album’s first single "My
Destiny" soon became the successor to the anthem "Elegy". Liv Kristine
may sing "I'm falling into the deep", but she truly aims for the stars.
"Njord" was praised by fans and critics alike as an epic masterpiece and
made it to the top 30 of the German charts. One again, the musicians
had let go of the conventional to reinvent themselves. More complex and
characteristic than ever before, yet modern and unpredictable, the album
took the listener by surprise. Leaves' Eyes perfected the union of
classical and metal with the help of the Lingua Mortis orchestra
directed by Victor Smolski. The English traditional "Scarborough Fair",
as well as the Irish, Old English, French, and Norwegian lyrics explored
the yet undiscovered territories of their unique musical landscape. The
band’s live performances were as equally successful throughout Europe
and North America as their studio effort.
Only one and a half years later, Leaves' Eyes releases their fourth
studio album and delivers their most impressive work thus far.
"Meredead" may well turn out to be the most important album in the
band’s history. With a top-notch production by Alexander Krull, Leaves'
Eyes have come close to achieving perfection by combining all their best
qualities. The epic feel of "Njord", the direct approach of "Vinland
Saga", and the unique folk touch of "Lovelorn" come together on
"Meredead" to create this masterpiece.
"Meredead” unleashes a tidal wave that will leave the music world
breathless. The opening number, "Spirits' Masquerade" impressively
showcases the endless possibilities inherent in the symphonic metal
genre. More than ever before, folk instrumentation refines the album's
varied sound. The epic tracks, "Étaín" and "Sigrlinn", lyrically recount
the mysticism of past cultures and are supported by uileann pipes,
which also catapult the listener into this very magical world. Liv
Kristine's first-class vocals on the more traditional songs, "Nystev"
and "Kråkevisa", lead the way to her Norwegian homeland. The latter
makes use of the Scandinavian nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle. The flawless
rock song "Velvet Heart" walks a fine line between clear structure and
epic atmosphere. With the chilling new interpretation of "To France",
Leaves' Eyes evokes the tragedy and emotion of Mike Oldfield's classic
track. Leaves' Eyes, along with a choir and an army of guest musicians,
delivers top-notch entertainment. Maite Itoiz and John Kelly
(Elfenthal), Carmen Elise Espenæs (Midnattsol), the Norwegian Anette
Guldbrandsen, and Viktor Smolski's brilliant Lingua Mortis Orchestra
serve to further enrich this masterpiece. Yet, Leaves' Eyes has always
offered more than just a musical broadening of the horizon. Liv
Kristine's use of Old English and Norwegian lyrics narrates fascinating
sagas, bringing the listener even closer to a long-forgotten era.
Whether a gentle ballad or an opulent opus, the tracks are direct and to
the point. With the band's strength and courage, as well as an
unorthodox variety, Leaves' Eyes has unequivocally reinvented itself.
Refusing to be categorized, Leaves' Eyes dictates its own direction, and
with "Meredead" ultimately achieves symphonic metal perfection.
Liv Kristine - vocals
Thorsten Bauer - guitar
Sander van der Meer - guitar
JB van der Wal - bass
Alexander Krull - vocals
Roland Navratil - drums
01. Hell to the Heavens 4:32
02. Fading Earth 4:33
03. Maid of Lorraine 5:13
04. Galswintha 4:15
05. Symphony of the Night 4:59
06. Saint Cecelia 4:13
07. Hymn to the Lone Sands 5:23
08. Angel and the Ghost 3:37
09. Éléonore de Provence 6:25
10. Nightshade 3:42
11. Ophelia 4:24
Genre:Gothic Subgenre:Gothic Metal / Symphonic Metal Bitrate:320 k Size:118.33 MB
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