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(AFM Records - 2012)
German outfit Lyriel is presenting Leverage, their 4th album. Musically the band is on their way from folk metal to folk-ish symphonic metal. The violin and cello are still an important part of their music, just they changed.
Parting is dominated by a heavy bass line accompanied with folk-ish violin play and so the song represents the past and the present of Lyriel.
Voices In My Head is more aggressive and has an NDH-edge, but again Joon Launkamp's violin gives it something special. The song partly have a pop appeal and so Lyriel remind me a bit of Delain... Next in line a ballad called The Road Not Taken, based on acoustic guitar and vocals, but once more the violin speaks up. At Wenn die Engel Fallen Jessica Thierjung got joined by Schandmaul's Thomas Lindner, personally I'm not a big fan of this duet, even if it's well done. But it's only a matter of taste. On top I'm not a huge fan of German lyrics, so this might add to it. Anyway, with Side By Side and Repentance they have 2 more songs and finish this chapter too soon.
Lyriel are developing their own style, but next time I hope they give us more then 35 minutes and show more facets.
Paranoid Circus (re-release)
(AFM Records - 2011)
Lyriel was founded in 2003 and Paranoid Circus is their 3rd album which originally was released in 2009. Now as the band signed with AFM Records they re-release that album with 2 bonus tracks and a different artwork. And this time the cover looks really cool!
The first bonus track is a symphonic version of the title track Paranoid Circus, a bit more bombastic but still enchanting. The other bonus track is The Regret (Machin8 Remix) which is an industrial interpretation of the track. The song gets danceable, combines Jessica's melodic vocals with danceable beats. Quite interesting and well done, even if not really my cup of tea.
Folk rock fans who look for something different, should check out Lyriel. Some songs have a gothic touch, Jessica Thierjun has a similar timbre to Liv Kristine Espenęs Krull, but is more powerful.
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