Leaves' Eyes - Meredead review
|Release date:||April 2011|
01. Spirits' Masquerade
03. Velvet Heart
05. To France [Mike Oldfield cover]
08. Mine Tåror Er Ei Grimme
09. Empty Horizon
12. Tell-Tale Eyes
13. Sorhleod [bonus]
Disc II [Bonus DVD] [Live At Metal Female Voices Festival 2010]
02. My Destiny
05. Froya's Theme
Passion and depth! Leaves' Eyes really staked a claim with this one: they showed up to tell the world that they're an awesome band doing their own thing and NOT clinging to the threads of a dying genre. With Meredead, Leaves' Eyes BROUGHT IT.
Not trying to hide my feelings: I love this album. Did not expect to, though. There are 14 tracks and it felt like the party didn't really get started until the 5th track, "To France," which breaks up the atmosphere of the openers. It's a cover, and you can really feel the difference in character, but it also kick starts the creativity, diversity, and energy from the band. Each song afterwards is unique, memorable, and passionate. And 14 tracks suddenly feels like too few.
Also keeping things interesting are two traditional Norwegian folk tunes, the most exciting of which is undoubtedly "Nystev." Here we have the musicians really let loose and clearly have fun; that enthusiasm is infectious.
That same "folk" vibe is present in many other songs, even more so than on past Leaves' Eyes albums. It permeates the rhythms and atmosphere so much so that when a fiddle solo erupts out of nowhere you realize you've already been up dancing for the last few songs without noticing.
That atmosphere is so well developed on Meredead that I really see beautiful colors and textures when listening. The sound is so complete it's tangible. Adding to this, Liv sounds lovely as usual and several guest vocalists accompany her; the group of singers contributes greatly to a festive and cohesive vibe. Midnattsol's Carmen showed up to join the fun, and Alexander Krull's gruff voice appears on the epic "Sigrlinn."
For some bizarre reason I initially thought I wouldn't like this album, yet it has managed to completely capture my heart. There are so many songs worth mentioning and so many musical elements worth mentioning but it's better if I leave that up to your own curiosity and discovery.
Favourite songs: Nystev, Tell-Tale Eyes, Sigrlinn
Written on 18.09.2011 by
Susan appreciates quality metal regardless of sub-genre. Metal Storm Staff since 2006.
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