I 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. [...]