Leaves' Eyes - Meredead



7.8 | 150 votes |
Release date: 20 April 2011
Style: Atmospheric symphonic metal

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Disc I
01. Spirits' Masquerade
02. Étaín
03. Velvet Heart
04. Kråkevisa
05. To France [Mike Oldfield cover]
06. Meredead
07. Sigrlinn
08. Mine Tåror Er Ei Grimme
09. Empty Horizon
10. Veritas
11. Nystev
12. Tell-Tale Eyes
13. Sorhleod [bonus]

Disc II [Bonus DVD] [Live At Metal Female Voices Festival 2010]
01. Njord
02. My Destiny
03. Ragnarok
04. Elegy
05. Froya's Theme

Additional info
Release dates:

Spain, Finland, Sweden: 20.4.2011.
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy: 22.4.2011.
Japan: 27.4.2011.
USA, Canada: 3.5.2011.
Earth: 25.4.2011.

The album includes the cover version of "To France" from Mike Oldfield as well as the Norwegian traditionals "Kråkevisa" and "Nystev.

The Limited Edition Mediabook CD incl. Bonus Track and Bonus DVD Live at The Metal Female Voices Festival 2010 + Pendant (Celtic Cross with LE Branding)

DVD:
Live at the MFVF VIII 2010
1. Njord (06:39)
2. My Destiny (04:01)
3. Ragnarok (05:11)
4. Elegy (05:19)
5. Frøya's Theme (08:16)

Total running time: 30 minutes

Produced by Alexander Krull
Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio / Steinheim, Germany (www.mastersoundstudio.de)
Assistant Recording Engineers Thorsten Bauer, Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull
Programming & samples by Alexander Krull
Orchestra Arrangements by Leaves' Eyes
Cover concept by Alexander Krull & Stefan Heilemann
Artwork and band photos by Stefan Heilemann (www.heilemania.de)
Make-up by Nicole Livaja

Lingua Mortis Orchestra / Minsk, Belarus directed & recorded by Victor Smolski (www.victorsmolski.de)
Choirs performed by al dente / Kleinbottwar, Germany directed by Veronika Meßmer

Anette Guldbrandsen - Guest Vocals on "Kråkevisa", "Mine Tåror er ei Grimme", "Veritas" and "Nystev", and choirs on "Empty Horizon", "Meredead", "Sigrlinn", "Spirit's Masquerade", Tell-Tale Eyes" and "Velvet Heart"
Carmen Elise Espenæs (Midnattsol) - Guest Vocals and Choirs on "Sigrlinn"
Maite Itoiz (Elfenthal) - Guest and Backing Vocals on "Étaín" and "Meredead" and Baroque Guitar on "Tell-Tale Eyes"
John Kelly (Elfenthal) - Guest Vocals on "Tell-Tale Eyes"

Chirstina Roch - Uileann Pipes on "Sigrlinn", "Spirit's Masquerade", "Tell-Tale Eyes", "To France" and Whistles on "Kråkevisa", "Meredead", "Mine Tåror er ei Grimme", Sigrlinn", "Spirit's Masquerade", "Tell-Tale Eyes" and "To France"
Jann Kirchhof - Fiddle on "Étaín", "Nystev" and "Velvet Heart", and Nyckelharpa on "Kråkevisa"
Thorsten Bauer - Mandoline on "Spirit's Masquerade", "Tell-Tale Eyes", "To France"

Music by Thorsten Bauer, Alexander Krull,
Lyrics by Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull Published by Warner Chappell Music

Except lyrics of "Nystev", "Kråkevisa" (Traditionals) and "To France" (music & lyrics by Mike Oldfield, published by Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd / Stage Three Music Publishing Limited.

Staff review by
Susan
Rating:
N/A
Passion and depth! Leaves' Eyes really staked a claim with this one: they showed up to tell the world that they're an awesome band doing their own thing and NOT clinging to the threads of a dying genre. With Meredead, Leaves' Eyes BROUGHT IT.

Not trying to hide my feelings: I love this album. Did not expect to, though. There are 14 tracks and it felt like the party didn't really get started until the 5th track, "To France," which breaks up the atmosphere of the openers. It's a cover, and you can really feel the difference in character, but it also kick starts the creativity, diversity, and energy from the band. Each song afterwards is unique, memorable, and passionate. And 14 tracks suddenly feels like too few.

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published 18.09.2011 | Comments (14)

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20.04.2011 - 14:33
Blasphemer1992
A little bit poppy, but nice to listen sometimes
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25.04.2011 - 21:48
Etaín
How weird is this. Just realised they got a song with my name, heh.
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28.04.2011 - 13:05
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
An improvement over the last album, more folk elements and less pop, although 'Velvet Heart' is pushing it. 'Sigrlinn' is a fantastic song.
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29.04.2011 - 07:33
Jason W.
Razorbliss
Looking forward to getting it here in the US next week
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06.05.2011 - 11:10
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Still haven't given it my time of day, soon.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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11.05.2011 - 20:31
Rating: 9
Justicelust
This album is much better than the previous ones IMO.

Can someone tell me please the name of the other female vocal in track number 4. Kråkevisa, and 11. Nystev because I really like her voice.
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21.05.2011 - 16:51
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Justicelust on 11.05.2011 at 20:31

This album is much better than the previous ones IMO.

Can someone tell me please the name of the other female vocal in track number 4. Kråkevisa, and 11. Nystev because I really like her voice.


Her name is Anette Guldbrandsen and I agree she has a wonderful voice.
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23.05.2011 - 15:00
Rating: 9
Justicelust
Written by R'Vannith on 21.05.2011 at 16:51

Written by Justicelust on 11.05.2011 at 20:31

This album is much better than the previous ones IMO.

Can someone tell me please the name of the other female vocal in track number 4. Kråkevisa, and 11. Nystev because I really like her voice.


Her name is Anette Guldbrandsen and I agree she has a wonderful voice.


Thank you
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08.08.2011 - 14:23
Rating: 9
Evilquince
This sounds so much better than Njord, somehow more mature. Folk elements are great, reminds me at times of Lumsk. Very, very enjoyable and relaxing.
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Some suffer to the point when they grow numb.
Others are so numb they deserve to suffer.
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04.02.2012 - 03:29
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Sounds rather folky.
I thought Krull would do more vocally.
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28.10.2012 - 22:51
Rating: 8
Susan
Smeghead
Maybe this album doesn't have the sentimental value to most fans that the earlier ones do but I'm convinced it is their best and most mature album yet. Even a year later I still appreciate the songwriting and the incredible performance on Meredead. Hopefully they'll continue with this spirit in the future
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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