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FAR better than previous albums
on November 27, 2013
I don't typically write reviews, but I think this album really deserves it.
I'm haven't historically been a huge Leaves' Eyes fan despite listening to Liv Kristine since Theatre of Tragedy. I found their first two albums to be extremely simplistic and really rather boring (in fact, the ONLY song on either I liked was Elegy). Meredead was an improvement, but still lacking in many qualities. Symphonies of the Night is in another world.
For reference, I think Leaves' Eyes is in the same "symphonic metal" genre dominated by Nightwish, Within Temptation and Epica almost exclusively. It's my favorite genre and my preference for the bands is in the order I just listed. Leaves' Eyes has not established themselves at the top of that list with this album. What they have done is created an album that shows they might one day deserve a spot. It's not better than any of those three's best, but it is better than all three of those bands' latest efforts. This album is excellent.
When I listen to music, I don't listen to lyrics except as another musical instrument. I put the value of music almost entirely on how interesting it is. Can I predict what is going to happen next? If I can't, and it sounds good, then I'm going to like the band. Leaves' Eyes really nails that with this album. So many times I was simply amazed by how well-written this music is. It's night and day compared to their previous albums. So much happens in these songs and it all fits together perfectly.
Not every song is a gem, and I'm sure the other reviews will discuss that in-depth. But many of them are quite good and this album is well worth your purchase if you're on the fence. Best album I've heard in a long time.