Mark, Jessie and Robert review the latest album from Leaves’ Eyes, Sign of the Dragonhead on Metal Hammer of Doom.
Leaves’ Eyes is a German-Norwegian symphonic metal band from Stavanger, Norway and Ludwigsburg, Germany. The band came together in 2003 by Liv Kristine, the former lead singer of Theatre of Tragedy and the entire line-up of Atrocity. To date, the band has released six studio albums, a single, six EPs, one live album and a DVD.
Most of Leaves’ Eyes’ lyrics, written by Liv Kristine, concern Norse mythology and the Viking Age. Liv Kristine’s melodic singing vocals find themselves occasionally backed up by death growled vocals from Krull, identified under the vocal style Kristine refers to as “beauty and the beast”.
On April 15, 2016, the band announced they had parted ways with lead-vocalist and co-founder Liv Kristine. In addition, Finnish singer Elina Siirala of EnkElination took up the position. Since then both parties have given different accounts about how the split happened. The band reached a decision on Kristine’s departure in January. Originally believe to be a mutual decision, Kristine disputed this, saying the band forced her out. Legal proceedings have started. On April 18, 2017, Siirala made her debut with the band at the Hammersonic festival in Jakarta. It was also announced that a tour edition of the album King of Kings is set to appear in June.
Metal Hammer of Doom: Leaves Eyes Sign of the Dragonhead Review
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Mark Radulich, Robert Cooper, and former superfan turned host Jesse Starcher review the latest metal, industrial and southern rock albums. Each show focuses on one new release each week. We listen to a portion of every track on the album and then give our ratings. Hilarity normally ensues.
Podcasts are one of the greatest mediums ever. 10 years ago Jesse found himself driving back and forth to work with over an hour of travel time. Talk radio became something that he enjoyed and helped kill time during the commute. The problem was NPR never stayed completely interesting and his only other options were the ESPN network and the local channel that hosted religious programming. Always the same show… at the same time. It was pretty limited. About three years ago he discovered Podcasts and it changed how he spent much of his time. It opened up options to great niche content that he never even knew was available. After that, he got his first podcast gig on the From the Cheap Seats sports podcast with Jayson Teasley and became a co-host shortly after that.
His real passion, however, was comics. He managed to talk Mark Radulich into letting him do the network’s premier comic book podcast Source Material. This would give him a platform to chat with friends about one of his favorite hobbies. A tremendous opportunity. Also, recently Jesse has worked his way into becoming the third co-host, alongside Mark Radulich and Robert Cooper, of the Metal Hammer of Doom podcast. He loves music and a podcast about heavy-metal right up his alley.