Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead - Album CoverI am sitting in a bar with some friends. Nice, dark and cool it is in here, some chicks lounging not far away at a table. Fatty finger food and caloric drinks galore that will wreak havoc with my jelly-belly. But hey, the brain likes fat and sugar, so here we go. Downright comfy, right?

If only there wasn’t just that annoying background music. Like a cold drizzle out in the boonies, always there, but never quite present. Soulless soundbites without effect, created in the cold embrace of robots and synthesizers with some dude tweaking some buttons. I guess to give these heartless electronics some groove, yet it never gets there.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Leaves’ Eyes – King of Kings (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review Leaves Eyes King of Kings - Album CoverI am pleasantly surprised! Leaves’ Eyes again managed to up the ante and add a lot of metal in King of Kings to their already improved former delivery in Symphonies of the Night. They steadily increased the quality of their musical prowess over the years and King of Kings is no exception. Deeper, darker, more metallic in structure, but also folk laden in certain parts. Sometimes it almost reminds me of some Folk Metal acts – but not quite to the extent of calling them that. And the lyrics delivered by the lovely Liv Kristine Espenaes are up a notch too – much more mature, very precise and varied. And – how to call it – more meaty too; really well done.

The story is based on old (or the first) Norse Kings – specifically Halvdan The Black, who – whilst winning a lot of battles – died by drowning after having broken through thin ice into a lake. His main achievement – apart from uniting some of the existing fiefdoms – is fathering Harald Fairhair, who grew up to become the first united King of the Norse tribes. And this is at the center of the story in King of Kings.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!