VervainMusic • CD
Dream Metal • Ethereal / Heavenly Voices • Female Fronted Metal • Hard Rock • Heavy Metal
17/10/2014, Filip VAN MUYLEM
Liv Kristine is one of those artists who are worldwide known (first from Theatre of Tragedy, than later from Leaves Eyes and now as a solo artist ). This is already her 5th solo album! Last time something got reviewed from her on Peek-a-Boo was when she was featured on the compilation (Absolute grrls manifesto chapter 1), so you can for sure say that somewhere there’s hunger for more!
Music wise, one can say that after a while some tracks pop-up as being the better ones from the album, being a bit catchier and having a more haunting melody. It's only 10 tracks and feels like like that: only 10 tracks. For sure they are all well-crafted and her voice still sounds like a nightingale!
The good thing about this album is the great variation in the sound! To start with the more rock orientated opening track My Wilderness. Her voice is great and the sound is very catchy. The roaring guitars might seduce you to some air guitar play! I can see this one getting a lot of positive vibes during her upcoming gigs!
Love Decay is more gothic minded (little piano synth part included) and has the help from Michelle Darkness (End of Green). The lyrics are meant to seduce vampire story lovers. Another thing that needs to be said is that the male and female vocal fight in this one is just great and lifting it up to a higher ground! It's for sure one of my favorite tracks!
Vervain, the title track is one of these haunting melodic tracks! Her voice catches you: bitter and sweet. It's an ethereal metal beauty with influences from Type O Negative.
Another great duet comes with The Stronghold of Angels! Doro Pesch (known from Warlock, but also from her great solo work) catches that something special and makes of this another highlight on the album! It's simply a great metal female fronted vocal battle! Hunters has a higher drive and is over before you realize it. Lotus starts as a soft ballad, but turns into a power ballad and gets some dramatically sound and great guitars! It could be the female version of November Rain by Guns ‘n Roses.
Elucidation is a nice one, but not a highlight (genre: sweet hard rock). Two and a Heart sounds a bit like older tracks and thus reminding of good things! This is one of these tracks that could create a great vibe during a concert with a lot of variation within the track! Creeper is a catchy track, with a pinch of doom and vocals that fly from high to low, just like a majestic butterfly! Oblivious is a good song to end with: giving a last blast and showing off for the last time Liv's great vocal powers!
It was a nice trip through a magical album! We are definitely looking forward to see her on stage.
Filip VAN MUYLEM
LAMB • Backspace Unwind
SUDABEH MORTEZAI • Macondo (FilmFest Ghent 2014)
MARCO BELLOCCHIO • Bella Addormentata (FilmFest Ghent 2014)
HUMAN LEAGUE • Classics: Dare
DOUG LIMAN • Edge Of Tomorrow
VARIOUS ARTISTS • LABEL NOIR VOL.2 SAMPLER
SETH MACFARLANE • A Million Ways To Die In The West
• DRACULA SEASON 1
PEAKING LIGHTS • Cosmic Logic
GEOFFREY ENTHOVEN • Halfweg
Other reviews from LIV KRISTINE
LIV KRISTINE • Roeselare, De Verlichte Geest (19/12/2015)
Same genre: DREAM METAL
THE MORGANATICS • We Come From The Stars
EUROROCK FEST • Day 1 (15/05/2015)
ELUVEITIE • Origins
METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST • Day 2, 18/10/2014 | Leaves' Eyes, Sirenia, The Sirens and more...
METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST • Day 1, 17/10/2014 | MFV United, Ayin Aleph and more...
SKEPTICAL MINDS • Run for your live 2014
KALIDIA • LIES DEVICE
DISKELION • Remember Sorrow
SAVN • Savn
XANDRIA • Sacrificum
Same genre: ETHEREAL / HEAVENLY VOICES
ANTHONY JONES • Farewell To Flesh
AIMA & THE ILLUSION OF SILENCE • Music for certain rituals
AIMAPROJECT • Di AimA Il Segno
AIMA • Haiku Irregolari In Forma Di Musica
DAEMONIA NYMPHE • PSYCHOSTASIA
HEILUNG • Live at The Islington Assembly Hall
PAULINA CASSIDY • Drawing Up A Storm
ANDERS MANGA • Perfectly Stranger
AUTUMN • The Fall
BLACK NEEDLE NOISE • Lost In Reflections
Same genre: FEMALE FRONTED METAL
SERPENTYNE • European Tour 2018
ENEMY OF REALITY • Arakhne
ELYSIAN GATES • Crossroads
XANDRIA • Fire And Ashes EP
ELUVEITIE, ARKONA AND SKáLMöLD • Trix, Antwerp (09/11/2014)
SOULOST • The Way I Feel Pt. 2 EP
Same genre: HARD ROCK
SCORPIONS • Live at Vorst Nationaal - Belgium - 04.04.2018
DARKWALKER • The Wastelands
RED FANG • Only Ghosts
STELLAR TEMPLE • Domestic Monster
CATHUBODUA • Opus I: Dawn
DEEP PURPLE • Tienen, Suikerrock (29/07/2016)
GUTTERDAMMERUNG • Werchter, The Barn, Rock Werchter (30/06/2016)
ALICE COOPER • Brussel, Koninklijk Circus/ Cirque Royal (21/06/2016)
STEVE VAI • Leuven, Het Depot (17/06/2016)
SWITCHBLADE • “2016”
Same genre: HEAVY METAL
KRASHKARMA • Paint The Devil
GIRLSCHOOL • Nightmare At Maple Cross
GIRLSCHOOL • Take A Bite
COMBICHRIST • This Is Where Death Begins
DYSCORDIA • Words in Ruin
SHIVERS ADDICTION • Choose Your Prison
YTHON • Titanomachy
AMARANTHE • Breaking Point - B-Sides 2011-2015
ORANGE OUTLAW • Desert Wolf
MOTORHEAD • Black Magic