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King of Kings (Leaves' Eyes album)

King of Kings
Studio album by Leaves' Eyes
Released September 11, 2015
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 43:08 (standard)
51:08 (deluxe)
1:44:30 (gold)
Label AFM Records, Nuclear Blast
Producer Alexander Krull
Leaves' Eyes chronology
Symphonies of the Night
(2013)Symphonies of the Night2013
King Of Kings
(2015)
Sign of the Dragonhead
(2018)Sign of the Dragonhead2018
Singles from King of Kings
  1. "Halvdan the Black"
    Released: August 8, 2015
  2. "The Waking Eye"
    Released: August 28, 2015

King of Kings is the sixth studio album by the German symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes. It contains guest appearances of a.o. Simone Simons from the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica and Lindy-Fay Hella from the Norwegian dark folk act Wardruna. It is their last album with Liv Kristine on vocals.

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Sweven" (Prelude)2:03
2."King of Kings"4:47
3."Halvdan the Black"4:22
4."The Waking Eye"4:41
5."Feast of the Year" (Interlude)0:37
6."Vengeance Venom"3:17
7."Sacred Vow"4:20
8."Edge of Steel" (featuring Simone Simons of Epica)5:06
9."Haraldskvæði"3:24
10."Blazing Waters" (featuring Lindy-Fay Hella of Wardruna)7:30
11."Swords in Rock"3:01
Total length:43:08

Editions

  • The exclusive gold edition (released throughout Nuclear Blast) is limited to 300 box sets with golden swords, limited double CD in Media Book, golden swords sculpture in the style of the album story and a handwritten letter from singer Liv Kristine.
  • The US Edition, released in 2016, features unique cover art and a re-recording of "Edge of Steel" with Leaves' Eyes's new vocalist Elina Siirala, following Liv Kristine's departure. This version of the song also appears on the band's 2016 EP Fires in the North and has its own music video.

Personnel

Leaves' Eyes

  • Thorsten Bauer - bass, guitars
  • Liv Kristine - female vocals
  • Alexander Krull - vocals, keyboards, samples, producer
  • Joris Nijenhuis - drums
  • Pete Streit - guitars

Guest musicians

  • White Russian Symphony Orchestra - orchestra (directed by Victor Smolski)
  • Simone Simons (Epica) - vocals on Edges of Steel
  • Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna) - vocals on Blazing Waters
  • London Voices (The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Harry Potter and Interstellar) - choir ensemble
  • Oliver Palotai (Kamelot) - piano on The Waking Eye
  • Leon Krull - spoken words on Sweven
  • Christian Roch (E-Lane, Remember Twilight) - uilleann pipes, flute, whistle
  • Christoph Kutzer - cello
  • Janna Kirchhof - nyckelharpa
  • Kathrin Schlumpf - harp
  • Elvya Dulcimer - hammered dulcimer
  • Fieke van den Hurk - hurdy gurdy
  • Sophie Zaaijer - solo violin
  • Knuth Jerxsen - percussions

Design

  • Stefan Heilemann - artwork

Charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[1] 90
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[2] 130
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[3] 83
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[4] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 54

References

  1. ^ "Ultratop.be – Leaves' Eyes – King of Kings" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Leaves' Eyes – King of Kings" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Leaves' Eyes – King of Kings" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Leaves' Eyes – King of Kings". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 September 2015.

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