|Review: Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies of the Night|
|Symphonies of the Night|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: March 1, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Symphonies of the Night
I found Leaves' Eyes last album, Meredead, to be well played and professional sounding, as one would expect from a Symphonic Metal release, but lacking focus. There were far too many things going on and the band was trying to weave too many outside influences into their sound. 2013's Symphonies of the Night rectifies that lack of direction nicely while keeping the top notch performances and smooth sound. There are still folk elements but they are used with greater restraint, which allows the band to shine. Leaves' Eyes have also dialed back the Gothic elements and focused on being a Symphonic Metal band without losing the dark atmosphere they are known for. The beauty and the beast vocals are still the center of attention thanks to Liv Christine, who has never sounded better. Her voice conveys confidence whether she is hitting the high notes on "Hell to the Heavens" or quietly crooning on "Nightshade." The songwriting is more cohesive and catchy with "Symphony of the Night" and "Hymn to the Lone Sands" joining the others mentioned previously as standouts on the album.
Leaves' Eyes appear to be hitting their stride with Symphonies of the Night, an album that puts the band's name in the conversation with Xandria, Voices of Destiny, Delain and even Nightwish.
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