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Melusine - EP

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Leaves' Eyes has perhaps been the most important band in Symphonic metal. For you arrogant metalhead's this genre is used to describe heavy metal music that has symphonic elements; that is, elements that are either borrowed from classical music or, as with progressive rock music, create a style reminiscent of it, e.g. operatic female lead vocals; instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars and different types of keyboards instead of relying solely on electric guitars; asymmetrical meters such as 5/4 and 7/8, and classical thematic material in addition to characteristically heavy metal power riffs. It is still metal, but just a unique type. This isn't pop so please stop reviewing the music if you think it is. Leaves' Eyes and other Symphonic Metal Bands, don't always have clean male vocals and they play in a heavy style of guitar playing. There are serival examples of this in this EP, songs such as "The Battle of Maldon & Melusine"

The Battle of Maldon

That song is already on the at Heavens end EP. Its a great song however!! BTW, Ron or Don or whatever your name is, please don't write reviews or opinions, you have no real idea what metal is.

A good EP with some great songs

I haven't gotten the whole album, so I'll review the songs I do have:

Melusine: An interesting song that has a little too much of the death growl. Then again, I'm not a fan of it. I wish Leaves' Eyes would rely more on Liv's voice and Alex Krull's low-to-mid range (basically, when he uses his real vocal folds, not the false vocal folds--if you don't understand that, look up the anatomy of the vocal tract and also the death growl itself; it's interesting but unpleasant to me). If you like the death growl, however, I'm sure this song will be great for you.

Tell-Tale Eyes (Alternate Version): I like this one overall, as I think Liv and CArmen sing well together. I personally like the original version better because Liv's vocals and Alex's tenor voice contrast and complement each other very well. It's really six of one, half a dozen of the other, though. They're both good tracks, and this one is a good purchase if for no other reason than variety.

Legend Land (Acoustic Version): I bought this song a few days ago and I can't stop listening to it! I never particularly liked the original, although I never hated it per se, but this version of this song is absolutely amazing! If you don't buy any other track, get this one! Do it. Now. NAO!! Okay, in all seriousness, I wish that they would record versions of other songs just like this one. It makes me think of Godsmack's "The Other Side" album, which was amazing as well for very much the same reason. The repetitiveness of this song, which made the original rather boring, makes this rhythmic and acoustic track just beautiful and mesmerizing--not to mention to (always) astounding vocals (with Alex's one, single line whispered--wow, right!?). Get it NAO!!!

Oh, and Rob, your assessment of this EP (and genre in general) is shallow, narrow-minded, and obviously a sign that you know little about musical genres. At best, it's an oversimplification. There are perhaps some pop elements to this music, but it's mostly metal fused with some elements of classical and baroque.

Finally, if someone could describe the differences between "To France" on this and the original, I'd appreciate it. If it's different enough, I'll buy it. If not....why bother?


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Gothic metal band Leaves' Eyes was born out of the romantic relationship between singer Liv Kristine Espenæs and guitarist Alexander Krull, who met whilst she was fronting Norway's Theatre of Tragedy and he Germany's Atrocity. The pair eventually married and announced their musical union in 2003, with Espenæs quitting Theatre of Tragedy to join Krull and the rest of Atrocity's lineup (guitarists Thorsten Bauer and Mathias Roderer, bassist Christian Lukhaup, and drummer Nick Barker) to found Leaves'...
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Melusine - EP, Leaves' Eyes
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  • $2.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Dec 20, 2011

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