Symphonic/Power Metal

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.

Leaves’ Eyes Links

“Hell to the Heavens” Lyrics

Encyclopedia Metallum 


Official Website

Orden Ogan – The Things We Believe In

The band name translates into, “The Order of Ogan.”

Orden Ogan is a band from Germany that transitioned from playing Folk Metal to playing Symphonic Power Metal. It’s been a while since a symphonic power metal band has gained attention like this group. In fact, they are the only Power Metal band that I have written about on this blog, so good job guys! Much of their lyrics and album art is oriented around a concept fantasy story created by the band.

“The Things We Believe In” itself was released as a single in 2012, and I think they couldn’t have picked a better song. It is inspiring, has a great melody, a thought-provoking video and great metaphorical connections to fighting the corruption of those currently in power today.

My interpretation of the song is that you feel more alive fighting for the things you believe in. If you live a life of deceit out of fear, you are already as good as dead.

We should die for the things we believe in 

But live our lives in the dark self deceiving

In the snow, all the world that we knew is ice…and so we are: Cold, Dead and Gone