Sjak : In 2015 the previous album ‘King Of Kings’ from the vikings of Leaves’ Eyes was released and that proved to be a very successful record. When they kicked the very beloved female singer Liv Kristine out of the band in 2016, this led to a lot of criticism and outrage among the many fans. New female singer Elina Siirala (Angel Nation) therefore had a very tough time in her beginning period with the band, but she has overcome that in a very professional way. That’s not entirely strange, because in my opinion Elina is a much better singer than Liv, which suits perfectly in the Leaves’ Eyes concept. That already became quite clear on the EP ‘Fires In The North’ and that is once more confirmed in a very convincing way on this new full-length release ‘Sign Of The Dragonhead’.
All components that are so characteristic for the sound of Leaves’ Eyes are present in abundance on this new album and especially the bombastic choirs, the folky influences, the heavy guitars and the great vocals of Elina account for the fact that also this ‘Sign Of The Dragonhead’ has become a truly great album. The title tracks opens in a very strong way, but also tunes like ‘Riders On The Wind’ and ‘Shadows In The Night’ are mighty-fine songs, but as a matter of fact that accounts for all tracks that are to be found on this record with the exception of the for me somewhat superfluous short instrumental ‘Rulers Of Winds And Waves’, which serves as an introduction for the EP title track ‘Fires In The North’. The rest of the material on offer clearly shows that we don’t have to worry about the future of Leaves’ Eyes, because this ‘Sign Of The Dragonhead’ has really become an outstanding album.