02. My Destiny
03. Emerald Island
04. Take the Devil in me
05. Scarborough Fair
06. Through our Veins
07. Irish Rain
11. The holy Bond
12. Forya's Theme
13. Landscape of the Dead (ltd-edition bonus)
14. Les Champs de Lavande (ltd-edition bonus)
Kristine – vocals
The music of “Njord” is enriched by the power of a choir and the virtuosity of the Lingua Mortis Orchestra directed by Victor Smolski (Rage).
review by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo____
This album mixes various emotions.
new Leaves’s eyes album doesn’t disappoint the expectations…Liv
Kristine & co.(Atrocity band). releases another good gothic metal
album that will not add nothing special to what the style has already
produced but I’m sure it will be appreciated by all those who like a
certain kind of sonorities full of pathos and majestic atmospheres.
songs show the ability of all members and I mention the immortal voice
of Liv that is so pure like a rose of spring….
of the songs are agreeable but the band is not inclined to the change
and keep the classic structure in almost all songs.
style never changes and for this reason if you don’t like the
symphonic gothic metal with a touch of power…this album is not for
single “My destiny” is the classic gothic metal song with an agreeable
refrain that keeps remaining in your mind from the first
listening….such as the title-track that uses also some growl to give
more emphasis to the song’s atmosphere.
general the songs have the classic structure but I mention those which i
consider the best ones…”Through our Veins” gets a very involving
mood…such as “Froyas Theme” that is a very articulated song in
which Leaves' Eyes create a great melody without abandoning a
shadow of power metal in particular concerning the rhythmic structure of
the song…the use of growl is perfectly mixed to Liv’s angelic
holy Bond” gets another involving mood that mixes symphonic gothic
metal to rock refractions …but it’s impossible to close this review
without mentioning “Irish Rain” that is a folk ballad which will
relax your mind thanks to its mood that can’t but remind of
something listened from famous composers of Irish music…
conclusion I add that the production is good such as the arrangements.
Nothing original, some songs are almost fair but, on the whole, the
album is agreeable.
Salvo Russo is editor for gryphonmetal.ch since 2001
He is based in Italy.
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