Leaves’ Eyes – Symphonies of the Night Review
Released in 2013, Leaves’ Eyes latest album Symphonies of the Night is exactly what you’d expect from the band. Produced by Alexander Krull, the music revolves around Liv Kristine’s soprano voice. And what a voice she has.
Musically, the band is tight and does what they’re supposed to do. Lacking guitar solos on most songs, the music focuses more on Liv Kristine. Alexander Krull provides backing growling, so you get the beauty and the beast routine. With Leaves’ Eyes, you cannot call it cliche as they’ve been doing it for more than a decade.
Hell to the Heavens, which is the opening track, is also their single. The album didn’t chart in the States, and they’re not as big as Nightwish, Epica, or Within Temptation. The band is good, don’t get us wrong. They just seem to fall short of the bigger, more mainstream Symphonic Metal bands when it comes to album sales.
We all prefer the album Njord to this one. It’s not a bad album. You could tell though that they went into a more pop direction with less of the Viking related themes and more groove than before. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the direction they went. But musically, Njord is a better album.
But if you’re already a fan of the band, you should pick it up. If you go in knowing it’s not as good as Njord but it’s still a good album, you won’t be disappointed.
The highlights of the album are Liv Kristine’s voice. She’s always had an amazing voice and the band knows it, so they utilize it every chance they get. What does that mean? Exactly what it means. The band relies on Liv Kristine’s voice to sell records.
We’re hoping this one helps Leaves’ Eyes get a bigger audience. She really punches through the music with this one and stands out. There is no sign of meekness in Liv Kristine’s voice on this album. It is strong and powerful and is the highlight on this album.