Njord (album)

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Njord
Cover design by Stefan Heilemann
Studio album by Leaves' Eyes
Released 26 August 2009
Recorded Mastersound Studios, Steinheim, Germany, 2009
Genre Symphonic metal, gothic metal, Viking Metal
Length 55:56
Language English, Norwegian
Label Napalm
Producer Alexander Krull
Leaves' Eyes chronology
My Destiny
(2009)
Njord
(2009)
At Heaven's End
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
BBC (positive)[3]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Sea of Tranquility 4/5 stars[5]

Njord is the third studio album by the German/Norwegian symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released on 28 August 2009 on Napalm Records.[6] Njörðr comes from Norse mythology and is a name associated to the Vanir god of the sea and the wind.

In this album the band used for the first time a full orchestra and choir and wrote for them suitable arrangements.

The album was also released in a digipak deluxe edition, including two bonus tracks and a model of a Viking longship with Leaves' Eyes logo on the sail.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull, all music composed by Alexander Krull, Mathias Röderer, Thorsten Bauer, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Njord"     6:14
2. "My Destiny"     4:13
3. "Emerald Island"     5:24
4. "Take the Devil in Me"     3:51
5. "Scarborough Fair"   Traditional 4:04
6. "Through Our Veins"     3:40
7. "Irish Rain"     4:01
8. "Northbound"     4:23
9. "Ragnarok"     5:11
10. "Morgenland" ("The Morning Land")   2:54
11. "The Holy Bond"     3:41
12. "Frøya's Theme"     8:20
Total length:
55:56
Limited edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Landscape of the Dead"   4:36
14. "Les Champs de Lavande" ("Lavender Fields") 2:41
Total length:
63:13

Personnel[edit]

Leaves' Eyes[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Lingua Mortis Orchestra from Minsk, Belarus, directed by Victor Smolski
  • Al dente Choir from Kleinbottwar, Germany, directred by Veronika Messmer
  • Christian Roch - Uillean pipes and whistles on "Scarborough Fair" and "Irish Rain"
  • Anette Gulbrandsen - backing vocals on "Northbound"
  • Gunnar Sauermann, Cristoph Sutzer, Robert Suß, Uwe Fichtner, Markus Rutten, Steven Willems, Stefan Heilemann - vikings on "Njord"

Production[edit]

  • Alexander Krull - producer, engineer, mixing and mastering at Mastersound Studios
  • Mathias Röderer, Thorsten Bauer - assistant engineers
  • Victor Smolski - orchestra recording engineer

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2009 German Albums Chart[8] 30
UK Indie Chart[9] 40
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Flanders)[10] 58
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Wallonia)[11] 82
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 88
Independent Albums (USA)[9] 105

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Spain, Finland 26 August 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Benelux, France 28 August 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
Internationally 28 August 2009[13] Napalm Records Deluxe CD packaging containing Viking Longship model and extra sticker (limited to 500 copies)
The rest of Europe 31 August 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
Canada 1 September 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
United States 29 September 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Leaves' Eyes - Njord review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Leaves' Eyes - 'Njord'". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Moffitt, Greg (2009). "Leaves' Eyes Njord review". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Spencer, Trey (1 September 2009). "Leaves' Eyes Njord review". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Pierce, Ken (20 November 2009). "Leaves' Eyes: Njord review". Sea of Tranquility.org. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Leaves' Eyes: My Destiny EP track listing revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "LEAVES' EYES To Release 'Njord' As Viking Longship Model Edition". Blabbermouth.net. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Album – Leaves' Eyes, Njord". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Napalm Records Chart Results". Napalm Records. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  10. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Njord". Ultratop (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Njord". Ultratop (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Njord". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Njord - Leaves' Eyes, CD & Viking ship". EMP Merchandising. Retrieved 18 April 2014.