Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:41:59 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © AFM Records
Leaves’ Eyes was formed in 2003 by Norwegian vocalist Liv Kristine and German singer Alexander Krull. I would describe the band as symphonic metal with a taste of Viking/Pagan/Celtic and folk. In 2018 they will release their seventh studio album, Sign Of The Dragonhead, their first with new singer Elina Siirala who joined in early 2016 after the departure of founding member Kristine. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy for the purposes of this review.
Their 2015 album, King Of Kings, was my number one CD for the year. In October of 2016, they released an EP with a new song, “Fires In The North”. Also contains three re-recorded tracks from the King Of Kings CD featuring Elina on vocals. Fans lucky enough to have seen the new lineup live were well aware that she was more than capable of performing their classic material. This EP proved without question that the in-studio chemistry between the members was without question. The EP proved that the in studio chemistry between the band members was without question.
When I first caught wind of details of the 2018 release it had all the makings of another great album. Once again, the legendary London Voices Choir, best known for their work on blockbuster movie productions such as Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars and The Hobbit, were employed to add their incredible talents. Additionally, the amazing Victor Smolski’s Almanac Symphony Orchestra were hired to contribute Medieval nyckelharpas, fiddles, uilleann pipes and whistles.
The new CD kicks off with the first single and title track “Sign Of The Dragonhead”. Upon first listen, I quickly get the impression that Leaves’ Eyes is continuing right where they left off with King of Kings. The composition is full of everything you want in a symphonic metal song. The beautiful voice of Elina combines with the breathtaking voices of The London Voices Choir, and Alex‘s growls are tastefully thrown into the mix. I can just imagine the fans in full force, jumping to the Viking inspired rhythms during a live performance.
01. Sign of the Dragonhead
02. Across the Sea
03. Like a Mountain
06. Riders on the Wind
07. Fairer Than the Sun
08. Shadows in the Night
09. Rulers of Wind and Waves
10. Fires in the North
11. Waves of Euphoria
12. Beowulf (Bonus Track)
13. Winter Nights (Bonus Track)
14. Sign of the Dragonhead (Instrumental)
15. Across the Sea (Instrumental)
16. Like a Mountain (Instrumental)
17. Jomsborg (Instrumental)
18. Völva (Instrumental)
19. Riders on the Wind (Instrumental)
20. Fairer Than the Sun (Instrumental)
21. Shadows in the Night (Instrumental)
22. Rulers of Wind and Waves (Instrumental)
23. Fires in the North (Instrumental)
24. Waves of Euphoria (Instrumental)