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Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night

7.4 | 122 votes |
Release date: 15 November 2013
Style: Atmospheric symphonic metal


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01. Hell To The Heavens
02. Fading Earth
03. Maid Of Lorraine
04. Galswintha
05. Symphony Of The Night
06. Saint Cecelia
07. Hymn To The Lone Sands
08. Angel And The Ghost
09. Éléonore de Provence
10. Nightshade
11. Ophelia
12. Eileen's Ardency [feat. Carmen Elise Espenæs] [bonus]
13. One Caress [Depeche Mode cover] [bonus]

Alexander Krull - vocals, programming
Liv Kristine - vocals
Thorsten Bauer - guitars
Sander van der Meer - guitars
Felix Born - drums
Joris Nijenhuis - drums
John-Bart Van Der Wal - bass

Staff review by
Leaves' Eyes had the clearest of visions on their 2011 studio release, Meredead. Their sights were set on locating their symphonic sound in a wonderfully authentic and atmospheric folk climate, venturing convincingly into a Celtic instrumental focus whilst retaining their Scandinavian fascinations. That bright day has passed as Symphonies Of The Night takes hold.

published 23.01.2014 | Comments (6)

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07.01.2013 - 21:03
If its going to be produced by Alex Krull, yeah i'll pass. This group has been putting out mediocre material for years now. I understand that Liv and Alex are married but this group needs a new pair of eyes. They need to put out something a lot better then their last 2 records
27.06.2013 - 04:08
They have had a few mediocre albums, yes, but Meredead was their best yet (or at least best in a while) and quite brilliant. Hopefully that was the start of a new trend for them!
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
04.09.2013 - 16:20
Rating: 9
15th November!!!!!
09.11.2013 - 00:27
Rating: 10
Really you've been sitting on your ears judging by the comments, all of you. Silly people xD Btw Symphonies of the Night is just amazing, I strongly recommend it, even tone-deaf people (khuh) should buy it.
10.11.2013 - 01:42
Rating: 4
Pretty boring album D: while I liked the vocal here, the rest sounds pretty lazy. Almost no guitar work, this sounds too simple.
15.11.2013 - 17:56
Rating: 9
Very good release! I recommend It.
Beware the Shadows of Dusk
15.11.2013 - 18:46
Rating: 7
Black Knight
Ok, I liked Meredead, and the past works, but this one is just amazing. Not a single track I do no like. Way to go!
19.11.2013 - 03:13
Rating: 6
Written by Rulatore on 10.11.2013 at 01:42

Pretty boring album D: while I liked the vocal here, the rest sounds pretty lazy. Almost no guitar work, this sounds too simple.

My thoughts exactly thus far... although this is only my first listen, so my opinions aren't solid yet. It just seems like this band has just lost its touch and become a mere showcase of Liv's voice. Vinland Saga was my favorite album of theirs, it was musically superior to their later efforts, though I enjoyed Njord as a whole as well. Not so sure about this yet.
07.12.2013 - 22:03
How does this have a higher rating than Meredead? Meredead actually had some unique concepts and songwriting, and the songs stood out from each other.

SotN, however, is probably one of THE most generic symphonic metal albums I've ever heard, and that's saying something. Very bland album. Super disappointed.
13.12.2013 - 21:05
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Their worst album so far, boring and generic.
15.12.2013 - 23:38
Rating: 7
Black Knight
This album is a total maze for me. While I did like the more symphonic version of Leaves Eyes and their first three albums, I cannot say that I enjoy seeing them back to that formula after Meredead. One other thing I do not understand is all the hate regarding that album which had some of the most memorable tunes I ever heard on LE opus. Not to mention that it was more original and far more complex than this one could ever be.

They are still over-compressing the sound but less than the intensity on the previous records. This one can be called their most heavy work to date, but being heavier than the previous albums does not make it good. Also, they sort of abandoned their atmospheric metal elements and preferred to borrow a little bit from other notorious symphonic metal bands such as Nightwish (Hell To The Heavens) or even going back to Liv's former band Theater of Tragedy at some point (Angel And The Ghost).

Point is, other than 2-3 tracks, there isn't that final punch, that catchy element that made Leaves' Eyes memorable, which is a big loss since their song-writing is pretty simplistic. If the catchy element is gone as well, there ain't much to enjoy in this work.

This one might actually be something that older fans have been craving for, it will definitely piss off those that loved Meredead and it might attract new audiences (Nightwish and ToT fans), but that's it. At the end of the day, it is kinda bland. I wish they would've gone in the direction pointed on Meredead, but it was not meant to be...

P.S. This is probably the only record done by Leaves' Eyes in which I liked Alexander Krull's vocal contribution. Still, if it weren't for Liv's vocal performance, this album would be worse than mediocre.
09.01.2014 - 19:24
Dark Phoenix
I'm just hooked on Saint Cecilia so much. It's such a lovely song. Liv Kristine delivers so wonderfully.
23.01.2014 - 08:43
Rating: 5
Lord Dimitriy
A pale and boring album. I don't know how it is possible to build album just upon vocal skills. Vocal plays a vital role, but what about music? It must be touching and remarkable. Just simple riffs and synth atmosphere don't worse much.

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