Battle Beast & Leaves’ Eyes

Concert Review

April 29th, 2017

TOKEN LOUNGE

28949 JOY ROAD

WESTLAND, MICHIGAN

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

48185

Whoa what a difference a year makes, the last time Leaves’ Eyes were here. November 11th, 2016.  In my eyes, Leaves’ Eyes were already the greatest show on earth on planet metal, and just one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all-time. If you notice every-time Leaves’ Eyes put out a album, they win album of the year, in there classification, in Symphonic Metal.

Leaves’ Eyes are HEAVY METAL and SYMPHONIC METAL they are SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL. They never forget the key elements of song-writing, if you do not have a hook you do not have a song and if you do not have a RIFF you do not have a song. And Leaves’ Eyes never cut-corners on the HEAVY or the METAL or the SYMPHONIC…..!!!!!!!!!!!! MAXIMUM METAL…METAL TO THE BONE AND METAL TO THE CORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

In terms of MOLTEN METAL and KILLER GUITAR tone…..Leaves’ Eyes are a favorite band, since the debut and as a heavy metal fan since 1978, I have been a Atrocity fan since 1990, and a Theatre of Tragedy fan since 1995. Leaves’ Eyes are just two of the World’s Greatest Heavy Metal bands, in one KICK ASS KILLER METAL band.

Pete Streit and Thorsten Bauer is one of my favorite guitar teams in heavy metal, these days. They are a GOLD STANDARD in HEAVY METAL in which the other 123,000 heavy metal artist are judged by THE GOLD STANDARD IS A NOUN and it’s definition is the best, most reliable, or most prestigious thing of its type….In this context we are talking World-Class Heavy Metal….

It goes over everyone’s head, no matter how many times I state this fact. Two of my major writing influences are Sonic Cathedral and Metal Maidens, but I am HEAVILY on the Beauty and the Beast Vocalist configuration.

I am a crazed insane metal maniac true fan of Leaves’ Eyes. Just a true fan for life, KICK ASS METAL is not for the heavy metal fan who has been there since day 1, it is for the younger generation of metallic fans, who are l@@king for the logical links of predecessors and successors.

No band will ever unseat Leaves’ Eyes #1 ranking/ rating in Symphonic Metal @ KICK ASS METAL. They are the KING OF KINGS of this style. Leaves’ Eyes has the best RIFFS and the BEST KILLER GUITAR TONE !!!  The best bands I have ever seen live are ManOwaR, Motörhead, Leaves’ Eyes, Halloween — THE HEAVY METAL HORRORSHOW (TM), WASP, Hanzel Und Gretyl, One-Eyed Doll, Edge of Paradise, Leaves’ Eyes are in the upper echelon of bands I have seen live, since I have starting attending concerts since Late 1982. And since I grew up on the West Coast of California, 1983-1991 I attended tons of Bay Area Thrash concerts, as well as tons of Traditional Metal Concerts …..!!!!!! And I have to say Leaves’ Eyes KNOWS HOW TO WHIP A CROWD INTO A FRENZY !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like no other !!!!

Elina Siirala has an amazing stage presence and tons of charisma and confidence….!!!  And one of my favorite World-Class Vocalist these days in heavy metal…!!!

 

Battle Beast went on first, as the opener I got there around 830pm and a highly energetic band, KICK ASS METAL all the way……!!! I was there to see Leaves’ Eyes (I have the whole back catalogue’s of Atrocity and Leaves’ Eyes’ and Theatre of Tragedy) . But Battle Beast on this bill was an inspired choice. 1980’s metal was all European Styled Heavy Metal, and this  Battle Beast & Leaves’ Eyes concert reminded me of that fact!!  

We are a TRUE NORWEGIAN GOTHIC METAL publication, at the center of eveything but we will support any band, that palys KICK ASS MUSIC no matter they sub-gerne or what part of planet metal they hail from !! Battle Beast Hails from Helsinki Finland….!!!! And can be found in the pages of Sonic Cathedral, Metal Maidens and KICK ASS METAL webZines !!

There was a lot of media their last night I hope National Rock Review, since they write awesome concert reviews !!!! As more footage (photos and videos) of this event, makes it through the news cycles I will add it to this article !!!!

 

 

Below is from a April 3rd, 2017 news articles !!!!!!!!!!!!! nothing has been edited out…..!!!

Dear Fans and Friends,check out our new trailer for the upcoming tour in the USA and Canada together with SABATON & BATTLE BEAST! Ticket sales are going very well! Montreal and Seattle are already sold out. It looks like Toronto will be sold out very soon, too. And Vancouver show was upgraded to a bigger venue! So make sure to get your tickets now, tour starts on 20th of April in Philadelphia!
Tickets:

www.enterthevault.com

For US Tour media/ press requests:
Contact Dustin Hardman at dh@afm-records.de

We are looking very much forward to seeing you all at the shows!

LEAVES’ EYES
with SABATON & BATTLE BEAST

NORTH AMERICA 2017

20.04. USA – Philadelphia PA – The Trocadero
21.04. USA – New York City NY – Playstation Theater
22.04. USA – Worcester MA – The Palladium
23.04. USA – Clifton Park NY – Upstate Concert Hall
25.04. CAN – Montreal QC – Club Soda
26.04. CAN – Quebec City QC – Imperial de Quebec
27.04. CAN – Toronto ON – Opera House
28.04. USA – Cleveland OH – The Agora Ballroom
29.04. USA – Westland MI – Token Lounge*
30.04. USA – Louisville KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards
01.05. USA – Chicago IL – Concord Music Hall
02.05. USA – Minneapolis MN – The Cabooze
03.05. CAN – Winnipeg MB – Park Theatre
05.05. CAN – Edmonton AB – Union Hall
06.05. CAN – Calgary AB – The Palace
07.05. CAN – Vancouver BC – Vogue Theater
08.05. USA – Seattle WA – El Corazon
09.05. USA – Portland OR – Hawthorne Theatre*
10.05. USA – San Francisco CA – Regency Ballroom
11.05. USA – Anaheim CA – City National Grove
12.05. USA – Tempe AZ – Marquee Theatre
14.05. USA – Englewood CO – Gothic Theatre
16.05. USA – Dallas TX – Trees
17.05. USA – San Antonio TX – Alamo Music Hall
18.05. USA – Houston TX – Scout Bar
20.05. USA – Tampa FL – Orpheum
21.05. USA – Charlotte NC – The Underground
22.05. USA – Silver Spring MD – The Fillmore

* LEAVES’ EYES & BATTLE BEAST only

LEAVES’ EYES – Music History

In 2013 an exceptionally talented band will release “Symphonies of the Night” and once again reclaim the coveted spotlight that will place them at the pinnacle of the symphonic- rock and metal genre. With “Symphonies of the Night”, multiple chart-breaker Leaves’ Eyes begins a new chapter of music history, telling enchanting stories of historical heroines.

Lost in Love and Music

As made evident by the debut album “Lovelorn” (2004), Leaves’ Eyes came into being during a walk in the woods. From the very beginning, Thorsten Bauer established a remarkable guitar sound that has been a band trademark ever since. However, it is Liv Kristine’s unique voice that serves as the linchpin in Leaves’ Eyes. With this concept album, filled with mermaids, love and tragedy, the band not only enthralls the ears, but in particular the imagination of the listener. The spectacular and rapid success of Leaves’ Eyes does not happen without a reason. Every band member had already been gathering professional experience in other musical endeavors for years before joining Leaves’ Eyes. In the mid-90s Liv Kristine’s voice was like a beacon in the gothic scene, while being the female voice of Theatre of Tragedy. In Leaves’ Eyes, Liv is partially supported by the band members of Atrocity. The metal heavyweights earned top honors for being the “most diverse metal band”. Liv calls the members of Atrocity “the best musicians and friends in the world”, having the perfect partners at her side.

Viking Conquerors

One year after “Lovelorn”, Leaves’ Eyes make waves with the follow up “Vinland Saga” (2005) and easily break the German album charts. The music on “Vinland Saga” invokes the mighty forces of nature and the fighting Vikings in the mind of the listener. Leaves’ Eyes is not just a studio band, despite numerous chart entries. Within only four years, the band travels through four continents, 34 countries and plays 222 concerts. The DVD “We Came With the Northern Winds / En Saga I Belgia” (2009) documents the exceptional history of the band. In addition, the DVD features the legendary concert at the Metal Female Voices Festival 2007 with their legendary Viking longship on stage. “Njord” (2009) continues the triumphs of the band and lyrically brings the listener aboard the Vikings’ journeys across the world. “Njord” is praised by fans and critics to be an epic masterpiece, moreover, this album made it to the top 30 of the German charts. Leaves’ Eyes perfects the union of classical and metal with the help of the Lingua Mortis orchestra directed by Victor Smolski.

The Sound of Black Waters

With “Meredead” (2011) Leaves’ Eyes releases a more than just diverse album, on which folk instrumentation, mysticism of past cultures, thrilling heaviness and classical orchestration unite into a captivating symbiosis. Leaves’ Eyes, along with a choir and an army of guest musicians, delivers top-notch entertainment. Maite Itoiz and John Kelly (Elfenthal), Carmen Elise Espenæs (Midnattsol), the Norwegian Anette Guldbrandsen, and the brilliant Lingua Mortis Orchestra serve to enrich this masterpiece furthermore. Refusing to be categorized, Leaves’ Eyes dictates its own direction, and with “Meredead” ultimately achieves symphonic metal perfection.

Heroines relive

With a top-notch production by Alexander Krull, Leaves’ Eyes have come close to achieving perfection by combining all their best qualities into “Symphonies Of The Night” in 2013. Here, the epic feel of “Vinland Saga”, the direct approach of “Njord” and the unique folk touch of “Meredead” come together on to create this masterpiece. Yet, Leaves’ Eyes has always offered more than just a musical broadening of the horizon. Again, using a diversity of languages Liv Kristine narrates the stories of fascinating women in history and mythology – bringing them to life again. Be it Shakespeare’s classical drama of “Hamlet” (“Ophelia”) or the legend of Cecilia of Rome (“Saint Cecilia”) – all the songs tell of lion- hearted women battling ancient tragedies. Whether a gentle ballad (“Nightshade”) or an opulent opus (“Hell to the Heavens”, “Hymn to the Lone Sands”), the tracks are direct and to the point. With the band’s strength and courage, as well as an unorthodox variety, Leaves’ Eyes has unequivocally reinvented itself and is back at its best.

Robert Suß

Line-up:

Elina Siirala – Vocals

Thorsten Bauer – Guitar, Bass

Pete Streit – Guitar

Alexander Krull – Vocals

Joris Nijenhuis – Drums

Photos below are courtesy of Leaves’ Eyes Facebook official presence !!!!!!!!!

Center photos courtesy of Chris Traux !!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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