Meredead

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Meredead
Meredead.jpg
Cover art by Stefan Heilemann
Studio album by Leaves' Eyes
Released 22 April 2011
Recorded Mastersound Studios, Steinheim, Germany, 2010-2011
Genre Symphonic metal, Folk metal
Length 55:16
Language English, Nynorsk
Label Napalm
Producer Alexander Krull
Leaves' Eyes chronology
Njord
(2009)
Meredead
(2011)
Symphonies of the Night
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metal Storm (very favorable)[1]
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Metal Underground 3.5/5 stars[3]
Femme Metal (95/100)[4]
Metal Temple 7/10 stars[5]
Rockfreaks.net (7/10)[6]

Meredead is the fourth studio album by the German/Norwegian symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes. It was released on 22 April 2011 on Napalm Records. The Deluxe Edition of the album contains a bonus DVD with five songs from a live performance recorded at the Metal Female Voices Fest, in Wieze, Belgium, on 24 October 2010.

Title[edit]

The title is inspired[7] by the Old English compound noun meredēað, literally "sea-death", which is attested (in the genitive plural meredēaða) in the passage rodor swipode meredēaða mǣst, literally: "the greatest quantity of sea-deaths scourged the skies", in Exodus, the second poem of the Junius manuscript, in the section telling the story of the Crossing of the Red Sea.[8] Alternatively, meredēað could be translated as "sea of death" or "deadly sea" in view of a later passage in the same text: meredēað geswealh, literally "sea-death swallowed".[9] On her website, Liv Kristine explicitly recommends Marsden 2004, and quotes the explanation for meredēað given in the book, saying that Meredead could be translated as "dead by the sea".[7]

Track lists[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Spirits' Masquerade"   6:31
2. "Étaín"   3:58
3. "Velvet Heart"   3:42
4. "Kråkevisa" ("Crow's Ballad") traditional 4:34
5. "To France" (Mike Oldfield cover) Mike Oldfield 4:37
6. "Meredead" ("The Deadly Sea")   5:19
7. "Sigrlinn"   8:47
8. "Mine tåror er ei grimme" ("My Tears Are Not Hideous")   2:54
9. "Empty Horizon"   4:58
10. "Veritas" ("Truth")   0:48
11. "Nystev" ("New Stave") traditional 4:39
12. "Tell-Tale Eyes"   3:58
13. "Sorhleod" ("Song of Sorrow", bonus track)   5:04

Personnel[edit]

Leaves' Eyes[edit]

  • Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull – lead and backing vocals
  • Alexander Krull – harsh vocals, keyboards, programming, samples
  • Thorsten Bauer – guitars, bass, mandolin on tracks 1, 5 and 12
  • Sander van der Meer - guitars
  • Roland Navratil - drums, percussions

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Lingua Mortis Orchestra from Minsk, Belarus, directed by Victor Smolski
  • Al dente Choir from Kleinbottwar, Germany, directed by Veronika Messmer
  • Anette Guldbrandsen - backing vocals, lead vocals on tracks 4, 8, 10, 11
  • Carmen Elise Espenæs - lead and backing vocals on track 7
  • Maite Itoiz - lead and backing vocals on tracks 2 and 6, baroque guitar on track 12
  • John Kelly - lead vocals on track 12
  • Christian Roch - Uilleann pipes and whistles
  • Janna Kirchhof - fiddle on tracks 2, 3 and 11, nyckelharpa on track 4

Production[edit]

  • Alexander Krull - producer, engineer, mixing and mastering at Mastersound Studios
  • Thorsten Bauer, Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull - assistant engineers
  • Victor Smolski - orchestra recording engineer
  • Orchestral arrangements by Leaves' Eyes

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2011 German Albums Chart[10] 32
Top Heatseekers (USA)[11] 37
UK Indie Chart[12] 37
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Flanders)[13] 97
Independent Albums (USA)[12] 134

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Meredead". Metal Storm. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Simms, Kelley. "Leaves' Eyes - 'Meredead'". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - "Meredead" (CD)". Metal Underground.com. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Cannella, Tony (15 May 2012). "Leaves' Eyes - "Meredead" (2011)". Femme Metal Webzine. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Mitsakos, Yiannis (9 May 2011). "Leaves' Eyes - Meredead". Metal Temple.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Larsen, Tim (13 June 2011). "Leaves' Eyes - Meredead". Rockfreaks.net. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Leaves' Eyes - "Meredead" sample and own words by Liv Kristine". Leaves' Eyes Official Website. Leaves' Eyes. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Marsden, Richard (2004). The Cambridge Old English reader. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 140. ISBN 0521-45612-6. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Marsden, Richard (2004). The Cambridge Old English reader. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 143. ISBN 0521-45612-6. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Album – Leaves' Eyes, Meredead". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Meredead Billboard Alnums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Napalm Records Chart Results". Napalm Records. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Meredead". Ultratop (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014.