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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Napalm
  • ASIN: B002G1X34G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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With their latest masterpiece "Njord", Leaves' Eyes embarks on yet another enthralling journey through the myths and sagas of the North. The strong and sonorous compositions familiar to the band's fanbase have been further developed. The adventure begins with the title track's powerful and somber choruses and orchestra. Fans will find the continuation of the Leave's Eyes hit "Elegy" in the rocking single "My Destiny", which is only one of the
many catchy and soon-to-be hits delivered by Liv and her colleagues. Devilishly enticing are the refrains found on "Take the Devil in Me", "Northbound", and "Through Our Veins", the last of which reminisces in the driving beats of the eighties' rock rhythms. Leaves' Eyes' passion for both heavy and opulent sounds harmonizes perfectly with memorable melodies, as in the epic track "Ragnarok", while "Emerald Island" surprises with heavy double bass passages that are counterattacked by Liv Kristine's haunting vocals. Alongside the lavish hits, Leaves' Eyes always finds room for the more subdued folk moments, such as in the interpretation of the English traditional song "Scarborough Fair" or the fragile acoustic ballad "Irish Rain". The opus "Froyas Theme" rounds off the Nordic journey, uniting the choral arrangements of the magnificent Lingua Mortis Orchestra with the emotional strength inherent in the new Leaves' Eyes compositions. "Njord" impressively defends the sextet's claim as the leading force in symphonic Gothic Rock and Metal.

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The third album from this German/Norwegian gothic metal group explores virtually no new territory, but their symphonic bombast is as finely crafted as that of any of their contemporaries. Which is just as well, really, as the years since the release of their last album, 2005’s Vinland Saga, have seen the emergence of many similar bands.

Fronted by the siren-voiced Liv Kristine, Leaves’ Eyes specialise in highly melodic metal, bordering on pop at times, padded out with thick layers of vocal harmonies and syrupy synthesisers. Think the Gladiator soundtrack meets Europe’s The Final Countdown and you’ll be getting there.

The song titles strike an epic tone: Northbound, Frøya’s Theme, Ragnarok. It’s stirring stuff, tempered briefly by a straight-faced version of the traditional English ballad Scarborough Fair, as recorded in the past by Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Brightman and dozens of others.

Norse folklore and Viking legends have been popular currency in heavy rock since Led Zeppelin first gave us Immigrant Song back in 1970. Almost 40 years on, the myths of the Northmen are a staple of metal lyrics, their tales of adventure and heroism a rich seam of inspiration yet to be exhausted. Without it, Leaves’ Eyes and the genre now officially known as Viking metal simply couldn’t exist.

Softened by Kristine’s pseudo-operatic vocals and an extremely slick production job, Njord is less po-faced than one might expect. It is, however, available as a limited edition box set complete with model Viking long-ship with the band’s logo emblazoned on the sail. This may be underground metal at its most accessible, but the band clearly takes it all very seriously.

Despite heavy metal’s inherent sexism, a cursory delve into www.rocksirens.com reveals that there have never been more female-led metal bands than there are today. Leaves’ Eyes paved the way for many such acts who’ve made hay in their absence, but they’re back to reclaim their crown. Competition for the hearts of young male metal fans is fierce, but Njord shows that this sextet can still cast their spell. --Greg Moffitt

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After the brilliant 'Vinland Saga' album I had this on pre-order and have played it more or less continuously since I got it. It is totally addictive. 'Vinland Saga' was just perfect and I could never get enough of that. This is more of the same and that is just great! It is majestically brilliant. Themed again around Viking and Norse legend the album gets off to an epic start with 'Njord' itself, 6 mins 14 seconds of utter genius. After a beautiful vocal introduction from Liv the band crashes in and a relentless, driving anthem emerges set against a choral backdrop and Krull's growling vocals. This is going to be something live. 'My Destiny' follows, their current single. Tragic lyrics, brilliant sorrowful vocals again from Liv, crunching guitars, great chorus. 'Emerald Isle' returns to a theme well explored in 'Vinland Saga', that of leaving and discovery. After a lovely orchestral intro Liv's crystaline voice comes in and then the song is propelled forward on a wave of drums and guitars with Krull growling menacingly in the background. 'Take the Devil in Me' is one of the many highlights. Another sad song about death and regret, it is brilliantly handled by the band who are so tight together here. Everything works so well, another rousing anthem and another great chorus. 'Scarborough fair' is the first time you draw breath. Until now the album has blasted along. This could have been a disaster but the wonderful Simon & Garfunkel song is beautifully handled by the band, effotlessly wonderful vocals by Liv, the song is built of alternate sequences of delicate verses and crunchingly epic choruses backed by uillean pipes which give it a trad folky feel. Superb! 'Through Our Veins' is easily missed but is yet another great fast paced song.Read more ›
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I enjoyed Vinland Saga but Njord is something else again, probably the best power-metal release of 2009.

A couple of other reviews describe the songs in detail but in summary this is a fine piece of music. Very orchestral and with overtones of Clannad and James Horner in the mix. To describe it just as "metal" is really doing this grand work a dis-service, it's an aural rock-metal symphony that the great classical composers would be proud of.

I've listened through the album twice now and it grows each time. There is some "light" growling from Mr. Krull but it's not intrusive cookie monster stuff and blends with the other themes in the music.

I thoroughly recommend this fine album.
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I will admit that Leaves' Eyes are one of my top female fronted bands, ranking alongside Within Temptation, Nightwish and Lacuna Coil. Their music is awesome and Liv's vocals send shivers up and down my spine, So what about this latest offering. Let's just say this is just a colossal piece of music by musicians that are top of their league, and very near untouchable in this genre at this current moment in time. Kicking off with the atmospheric and heavy 6 minute plus title track, I know I am going to like this record...lots. Second track in, 'My Destiny' featured on the recent EP, and I am totally bewitched already by the music on this album. And it is only track 2! This is typical Leaves' Eyes (if it ain't broken, why fix it?), it rocks, it is heavy and it is so melodic. All the tracks here are top drawer, but songs worthy of a mention include the uptempo and catchy 'Take The Devil In Me', 'Northbound', 'The Holy Bond' and the epic 8 minute plus 'Froya's Theme'. And let's not forget 'Scarborough Fair'. Excellent and totally absorbing. The Vikings are coming - bring them on!
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Having enjoyed CD's by Within Temptation and Delain I purchased this CD and was blown away by Liv's vocals. If you are looking for female epic goth then then you should buy this. Liv has the most beautiful voice and there is not one bad track on this CD. If you are looking for heavy guitars and stunning female vocals then buy this CD. This CD is not for people who think Evanesance invented Goth female
genre! This is just one special gem, then others are WITHIN TEMPTATION, DELAIN, SIRENIA and the classic SARAH BRIGHTMAN on Symphony.
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Slightly disappointing album, especially after hearing their excellent debut. No tracks really stand out and the whole album feels rather average.
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I've been into the likes of Nightwish, Delain & Within Temptation for a good few years but had only heard a couple of Leaves Eyes tracks which hadnt really done it for me so never bothered with them
Anyway i saw the reviews for this album & bought it on a whim.
I can only say i was stunned how good this album is, so much so i bought Meredead & Vinland Saga within a week of buying this.
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This is such an amazing album! Their best yet!!! They have exceeded every expectation i ever had!! every song is a masterpiece! And Liv Kristine packs passion into every song - my favs being Njord, Emeral Island, Scarborough fair, Ragnarok,Froya's theme, Landscape of the dead (fantastic!!!!), Les champs de lavande!!!!
Can't go wrong buying this!!!!
Enjoy!!!!
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By my reckoning, this is the fourth version of "Njord" that has been released, the most recent album by goth metallers Leaves' Eyes. There was the normal edition, the digipak version, the limited-edition box set, and now this 'special fan edition'. That's a lot of versions! And a lot of money for fans to hand over.

Especially, if they also ponied up for the 'My Destiny' companion EP, which is where a slew of the non-album tracks on the second disc, "At Heaven's End", first appeared. Granted, it was a great album, and any self respecting goth metal fan needs to have it in their collection, but. Apparently, this latest release is to "mark the beginning of the 2010 touring season". Uh-huh.

What you're getting inside your silver embossed black box is a copy of the "Njord" digipak and a new CD called "At Heaven's End". This is where you will find the "My Destiny" EP tracks along with the three unreleased tracks: the title track to the bonus CD, 'Angus and the Swan' and an acoustic version of 'Irish Rain', which is a bit of a family affair, as it also features Liv's sister Carmen Elise Espenaes of folk metallers Midnattsol. Chuck in the the video to 'My Destiny', and you've got the whole "Njord" era in one slipcased edition.

If for some strange reason you don't already have the album, then this definitely the edition to go for, as it's out at a fairly decent price. However, if you're a die hard who's already bought the album and EP, then you would be justified in feeling a wee bit cheated.
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