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Sep 14

Leaves Eyes – King Of Kings (2015)

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Leaves Eyes keeps refining their sound and delivering not only heavy melodies, but lyrically and visually they reinforce the image of what symphonic folk metal should sound and look like, a lot of classical arrangements, heavy riffs, storytelling lyrics that bring historical events back to life that extend our enlightenment about the norse culture.King Of Kings is conceptually different from Leaves Eyes‘s previous album Symphonies Of The Night as this new album goes back to the early ages of viking culture or pre-viking if you want to be more precise. You can find the concept of the album from the opening track, Sweven the folky intro which is quite norse, specially with the Norwegian recited parts. The title track King Of Kings brings the whole epic experience of the album as the song present itself as soft, melodic, and epic. With Halvdan The Black which is a fast & heavy track cut from the most typical Leaves Eyes style. On the lyrical aspect,  the song lays the foundation for what this story is all about.

The Waking Eye opens as a ballad that swiftly becomes a heavy and catchy song, it reinforce the Leaves Eyes style and continues with the storyline behind the album. Vengeance Venom & Sword on Rock are the most folky songs on the album, they are fun and dynamic. The song shows in great length Liv’s vocal power and the dynamic effect of Alex‘s growls within Leaves Eyes.

With Sacred Vow the album picks up speed and gains power, besides being a heavy song and the epic vocals, the storytelling is just amazing to understand the conceptual style of the album. Edge of Steel brings out the great orchestrations and background atmospheric music. Simone Simons vocals are interesting and they work perfectly well with Alex‘ s growls. The viking style of the song is just magical.

Haraldskvadi has a really Tolkienian style, if there is any clear influence of the London Voices Choir talent infused within this album, this is the track to look for on that sense. The sound has a clear Lord Of The Rings influence that ascends the track to a different plane. Blazing Waters has a more pagan & folky approach, the track has a semi-acoustic beginning that grows into a great combination of folk/pagan & heavy death metal style. The track had Alex more in charge of the vocals this time.

Overall, Kings of Kings  is the next step on Symphonic pagan metal evolution not only for Leaves Eyes as a band, but for the whole genre. There is not doubt that Leaves Eyes keeps their title as frontrunners on this genre, the concept of the album plays a huge role driving the music around it, and its the driving force behind the record. I definitely wouldn’t be mad if they add at least half of this record to their live repertory, there is way too much music here that could sound amazing on stage.

4 out of 5 Rating: ★★★★☆
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Tracklist:

  1. Sweven
  2. King Of Kings
  3. Halvdan The Black
  4. The Waking Eye
  5. Feast Of The Year
  6. Vengeance Venom
  7. Sacred Vow
  8. Edge Of Steel (ft Simone Simons)
  9. Haraldskvaedi
  10. Blazing Waters (ft Lindy-Fay Hella)
  11. Swords In Rock
  12. Spellbound
  13. Trail Of Blood

Genre: Symphonic/Folk Metal

Record Label: AFM Records

Playing Time: 51 Minutes

Line Up:

Liv Kristine – vocals
Alexander Krull – vocals
Thorsten Bauer – guitars
Pete Streit – guitars
Joris Nijenhuis – drums

Links:

http://www.leaveseyes.com/
https://www.facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial
https://twitter.com/Leaves_Eyes
https://instagram.com/leaveseyesofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/LeavesEyesOfficial

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