Leaves Eyes, Pythia & Atrocity
Venue: Rock City, NottinghamDate: 16 January 2014
today’s world of Rock and Metal genre status is the norm, but since
1985 Alex Krull and Atrocity have defied all an refused to be pigeon
holed into any genre, as their albums bear witness. They have
Gothic Metal, Death Metal, Folk Metal and all points in between and with
the bands latest album 'Okkult', some say they have returned to their Dark
Metal roots. Add to that this latest release is the first album of a trilogy
and with a title like 'Okkult', well we weren’t going to get anything less than a dark, yet melodic,
slice of Metal from the German / Dutch quartet.
a tour that started way back in October last year and continues through
to August this year, taking in not only Europe but also Puerto Rico, the US
and Canada, before once again returning to Europe, with a few shows
makingit to the shores of the UK, we made it our job to catch up with the band and of course Leaves Eyes.
early doors 6.30 pm I was glad to see a queue had formed so early on a
Thursday night, with Atrocity set to hit the stage at 6.45 pm.
the next track Alex invited two female fans to join the band onstage to shake
their metal booties, to German speaking ‘Satans Braut’, another
blistering attack on the senses from the new album which was quickly
followed by the anthemic raw ‘Death By Metal’. Both tracks delivering
full on Metal to the masses, the second a stripped down old school Metal
assault. No backing track, just guitars and drums and vocals ripping
through like a freight train with no breaks.
final track of their short but impressive set saw the clocks turned back
to the 'Atlantis' album for ‘Reich Of Phenomena’, which once again
brought that Symphonic Death Metal vibe back in waves, bigger enough to
flood Atlantis itself. This wrapped up another no holds barred set from
a band that refuse to define the genres and long may it continue.
up were UK Medieval Metallers Pythia but due to a scheduled interview
with Alex Krull I only caught the opening and closing tracks, but what I
heard impressed much more than the last time I saw the band back in 2008
at the Dames of Darkness Festival, at the Asylum in Birmingham. A night
when Emily suffered a major cold and the mix of red wine and cold
remedies made for a night to remember for all the wrong reasons, but
then the band were just starting out and I think the five years since
has seen the band progress and what I heard tonight did seem to cement
on to headliners Leaves Eyes, who I must admit have never failed to impress
on all the occasions I’ve caught the live and with an impressive new
album to promote, I was really looking forward to seeing them
perform live once again.
band got on stage to rapturous applause, even before a note was
played. The set opener really showed the class act that is Liv Kristine, as her
vocals lit up the venue as the band opened up with ‘Galswintha’.
Instantly the whole venue erupted and with Alex joining her onstage for the first of
many duets of the night.
such a great back catalogue to choose from, this set really showed what
Leaves Eyes are all about as they rolled back the years to the 'Njord'
album for ‘Take The Devil In Me’. Once again Liv’s vocals filled
the room, I think even without a mike she would have done an equally
impressive job. I would even be so bold as to say she could read a phone book
and still make it sound majestic, such is the beauty and majesty in her
was back to the new album 'Symphonies of the Night‘ for the wonderful
‘Fading Earth’, then it was to the wonderful 'Vinland Saga' album for
haunting ‘Farewell Proud Men’, with this song you can almost smell the
fiords. One of the highlights of the night and a definite crowd
favourite had to be ‘Velvet Heart’.
to the excellent 'Njord' opus next up we had ‘My Destiny’, another
song that like its
predecessor, was a real crowd favourite, with Alex rejoining the proceedings as
he encouraged the crowd to jump along to this one. It was then back to
the new album 'Symphonies of the Night' for the title track. This
song really goes out as one of the bands finest songs to date, the mix of
melodic metal and symphonic tones is just pure ear-candy and live it
just oozes class.
by: Barry McMinn
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