was the first to establish a marriage between metal and female vocals, beginning with Theater of Tragedy
and then moving on to Leave’s Eyes
. Her unique vocals engage listeners, opening their imaginations into a world of magic and legend. Her husband, Alexander Krull, is the male vocalist as well as producer. Leaves Eyes
is also backed by his band, Atrocity
. A year and a half after “Njord
” was released Leave’s Eyes
continues to deliver in epic proportion with “Meredead”, showing they can deliver symphonic metal combined with mysticism and painstaking composition.
The album starts off with “Spirit
”, building slowly with intensity as the chorus begins with marching drums in the background and continues to flow majestically with Liv’s vocals. “Etain” gives more of that folk metal vibe with violin flowing in and out and atmospheric vocals in the forefront. “Velvet Heart
” changes direction into more of an upbeat rock tempo with keyboards and a ripping guitar solo. Leave’s Eyes
then delivers a cover of “To France”, a classic song by Mike Oldfield, which leaves you with chills. Liv’s soft vocals fit with the sorrowful violin that’s heard off in the distance beautifully. The title track is absolutely epic sounding with rich vocals and guest appearance from Liv’s sister Carmen
who is also the lead vocalist for Midnattsol
. While it carries on in such a somber fashion there is a powerful force behind it that can’t be described.
Tracks like “Nystev” and bring you to an era that has been long forgotten, Liv and Carmen
’s vocals ring out with a force that is crystal clear while the way Alex and Liv interplay off each other’s vocals on the closing track “Tell-Tale Eyes
” is romantic and sorrowful. Leave’s Eyes
continue to reinvent themselves with every album, their narration takes you off into lands far away and leave you wanting more. There is a perfect balance between the instruments and vocals, never one overpowering the other. Plenty of catchy hooks and melodies that are filled with precision and creativity. This is by far one of Leave’s Eyes
strongest efforts yet!