Leaves’ Eyes – Hell to the Heavens
Usually I don’t like this kind of symphonic metal, but the theme of the song is pretty awesome.
Country of origin: Originally, this was an international band with members from Germany and Norway. Yet now the members from Norway have moved to Germany.
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Lyrical Themes: Nature, Love, History, Vikings and Norse Mythology
In the first three seconds of this song I was ready to turn it off. But then when the guitar and the rest of the instruments kicked in, I was like…hey this might actually be pretty cool. At first Liv Kristine’s voice was a bit too saccharine for my death metal palate. Yet the balance of Liv Kristine’s lily white voice with Alexander Krull’s gutteral sandpaper grunts actually worked out pretty well in my opinion. Usually these male/female duet vocals in symphonic metal tend to sound cheesy to yours truly. But Leave’s Eyes actually managed to pull it off.
The theme of the song was also powerful. A witch is captured by Christian priests who try to use violence to convert her to their religion. Yet she summons the power of Hecate to blow these priests away and remain true to the ancient ways.
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