|Review: Leaves' Eyes - King of Kings|
|King of Kings|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: November 21, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:King of Kings
King of Kings is the sixth full-length from Leaves Eyes and continues the trend of high-quality Symphonic Metal the band treated us to on their last release, Symphonies of the Night. Vocalist Liv Christine continues to sound better with each release and her range is on full display. There are occasional harsh male vocals which give Christine's performance even greater clarity. The songwriting is excellent with the band taking on the sagas and histories of the Norse people. The melodies are made huge by the combination of crunchy guitars and smooth keyboards rounded out with violins, harp, pipes, flutes, etc. though those are never allowed to overshadow the Metal. The list of guest vocalists contains many notable Symphonic and Gothic Metal singers including Simone Simons and Oliver Palotai as well as several classically trained singers and this makes the choruses things of beauty. All the songs are well-done but it all comes together on the track "Blazing Waters," the album's high point, with a chorus that is an instant classic.
Fans of early Nightwish, Xandria, Epica, Delain, et al. need to add King of Kings to their collections. It is a must-have for female-fronted Symphonic Metal aficionados.
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