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Review : Lyriel – Leverage
They’re not Irish, but they wish they were. The fourth album from Celtic-influenced Lyriel, who actually hail from Cologne, is their strongest yet – but just as criminally overlooked as the rest of their back catalogue.
Addictive melodies, stunning string arrangements and the dynamic voice of Jessica Thierjung are the triple-pronged weapon of attack, whether on the heavier moments such as ‘Voices in My Head’ or the hypnotic ballads of ‘The Road Not Taken’.
Tracks like ‘White Lily’, ‘Leverage’ and ‘Side by Side’ demonstrate their ability to drive home catchy anthems.
Although the whole ‘Gothic-Metal’ bubble has drifted a bit, strong albums from Delain this year and Within Temptation last year prove there is plenty of quality for those interested in the genre for more than a phase – and ‘Leverage’ proves that there is plenty of talent beneath the surface in the likes of Lyriel.
Of course, if their main repertoire isn’t good enough, the album is probably worth checking out for their Folk-Metal cover of Irish classic ‘Star of the County Down’ (even if some of the lyric changes don’t make sense!).