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Kings & Queens

by LEAH

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Heiko Elmenthaler
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Heiko Elmenthaler yes i love Favorite track: Arcadia.
Ericka Lawson
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Ericka Lawson I waited a good while to review this album. I'm not one to rush a judgement, but I wanted my words to carry some weight and mean something. I have to say, I was very impressed by many things in this album. I don't know much about the artist or the band, but I know talent when I hear it. Leah has such a beautiful voice, so full of passion and life. In fact, some of her music would make a good addition to the "Outlander" series, btw love the bass sound;nailed it. Favorite track: Angel Fell.
H.L.
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H.L. Catchy tunes and a pleasant voice are the two essentials of top-class female fronted metal. Sounds simple, but many fail in this basic disciplines. Not so LEAH! Her voice is really charming and able to transport deep emotions. Songs like "Angel Fell", "Heart of Poison" or "Siúil a Rún" are hymns to remember and examples of very strong songwriting. But the icing on the cake and a quite unique feature are the distinct celtic elements within this symphonic metal mélange. Favorite track: Angel Fell.
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1.
Arcadia 06:27
Utopia, millennia The golden promise old as time Voices of this glorious decadence Dancing through flames to align Words of warning, and premonition Blackened skies clothe the citadel Fate of judgment, slow-burning anger No longer dormant lies the perfect spell Behold! Your Arcadia Eden’s stadium Hell’s Colosseum In Arcadia Aroma of reason, burning now Tears of tyranny stream like rain A paradise of peace, long forgotten now Wisdom lost, what will remain? Behold! Your Arcadia Eden’s stadium Hell’s Colosseum In Arcadia We shall rebuild One stone at a time The rock will become A mountain tonight A shining, golden Citadel, upon a hill No empire Shall overcome Dreams never to be Forgotten Behold! Your Arcadia Eden’s stadium Hell’s Colosseum In Arcadia
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Always searching for a sign, that the world is falling down Ever ceasing to resign, when the forecast speaks of storms around “You’re never gonna save the world (so give up the fight)" "You’re never gonna change the world (and I don’t even mind)” You rejoice when the dark gets darker ‘Cause it means that you’ll be gone before too long You wanna leave this world in style But what if we are here for a while? “You’re never gonna save the world (so give up the fight)" "You’re never gonna change the world (and I don’t even mind)” “Don’t polish brass on this sinking ship (so wipe off that grin)" "It’s all going to hell in a hand basket (even God can’t win)” These self-fulfilling prophecies A plague, a virus and disease... “You’re never gonna save the world (so give up the fight)" "You’re never gonna change the world (and I don’t even mind)” “Don’t polish brass on this sinking ship (so wipe off that grin)" "It’s all going to hell in a hand basket (even God can’t win)” “You’re never gonna save the world" "You’re never gonna change the world" Time to reach for higher ground Time to take the time Winds of change have blown me down Conquering the line
3.
Angel Fell 05:37
You whisper in magnetic tones My thoughts begin to turn to stone Pools of darkness begin to shimmer black Secrets surface here at last Here the darkness overtakes me I try to run but I can't move Here the stars, they're falling for me I try to run but I can't hide from you Angel fell down from heaven Signet of perfection You moved upon that mountain Enchanted pride, your weapon (but it's all a lie) Wings glisten as they hover nigh Disguised to the blinded eye Cruel and shameless in this underworld And in sorrow, wandering in circles Here the darkness overtakes me I try to run but I can't move Here the stars, they're falling for me I try to run but I can't hide from you Angel fell down from heaven Signet of perfection You moved upon that mountain Enchanted pride, your weapon (but it's all a lie) Lies, lies (In this madness) Lies, lies (In your weakness) Lies, lies (On my shoulder) Lies, lies (Under cover) Lies, lies (In my slumber) Lies, lies (Clouds that hover)
4.
Don't wait for my return I'll enter the highlands So lost! Souls taught Souls lost! So caught Deep, deep, ocean, deep Silent souls, you do keep Did you know, did you foresee? Where did you go? Eternity... Sweet aroma of soul incense When mountains devour minds in a trance Sweeter promises of deliverance This poison in their veins Perpetual death within their own chains Don't wait for my return I'll enter the highlands These ancient stones are crying out Breaking the silence So lost! Souls taught Souls lost! So caught Always looking for the day For the messenger Always looking away Into mortal exile You will always leave them speechless and trembling You will always shake the fear inside, so horrifying You will always take them by surprise, in silence Erasing history, and drowned into the sea... So lost! Souls taught Souls lost! So caught Deep, deep, ocean, deep Silent souls, you do keep Did you know, did you foresee? Where did you go? Eternity...
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Souls scream out Into the void of their hearts Eyes circle To accuse who we are I'm gonna stand in the heat of the fire Swim to the depths of the sea I will fall into the palm of your hand Skies rain down As the heavens cry aloud Thunder echoes Awakening the sons and cosmos for its crown I'm gonna stand in the heat of the fire Swim to the depths of the sea I will fall into the palm of your hand I will stand though I'm weak and broken March to the gates of hell I will trust in the timing of this dance I will trust, I will triumph In the darkest hour I will laugh, I will dance As the shadows cower Souls scream out Into the void of their hearts...
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In principio In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram Terra autem erat inanis et vacua Et tenebra super faciem abyssi Spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas audivi vocem de caelo tamquam vocem aquarum multarum et tamquam vocem tonitrui magni; et vox, quam audivi, sicut citharoedorum citharizantium in citharis suis Spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas Ego Alpha et Omega primus et novissimus Ego Alpha et Omega principium et finis Spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas
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In this little corner of this little world I feel so helpless at times Never ceasing wonder, ever-chasing pearls of Wisdom, into the night Domine mysteriorum Custos aenigmatum All that is revealed, we’re holding in our grasp Forever, and ages to come All that is concealed, and all that has collapsed Power, it’s never enough Some of us still scream And some of us look away Blinding, into the mind Oh this ancient world, crying out from the grave One day, we will be free Domine mysteriorum Custos aenigmatum All that I can understand All my mind can comprehend So treacherous is the hand Which feeds the heart of poison Souls chasing fantasies Sleep walking in these dreams So treasonous is the man Who loves the heart of poison Free me from myself, From my only limitation This burden holding me down All my will, will never be enough
8.
Hourglass 04:32
Slowly, I remain a whisper Softly, I regain my insides And as the hourglass You're slipping away Drifting away, away from me now Time is running out I watch the sun go down Wandering around Until you fade into the ground And as the hourglass You're slipping away Drifting away, away from me now All I know, is the pain Will finally fade someday All I know, is this day Forever burned and washed away Someday, in the shadow of this place I will never see your face, again... Moonlight, never looked so burning bright These visions still burn my eyes, within And as the hourglass You're slipping away Drifting away, away from me now
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Oh book of secrets, of whispers and echos How long have you longed to come to life? Courage in hiding, in darkness and shadows Patiently waiting for the right time To descend from the heavens like a sign The time has come for this tower to fall To bring down the sages and ancient walls Breaking the spells of kings and queens Open our eyes beyond the palace of dreams Centuries of building and dynasty wielding Still the cracks are forming all around Vines spiral sacred pillars of iniquity Choking mysteries without a sound Deadened castle secrets bleeding out The time has come for this tower to fall To bring down the sages and ancient walls Breaking the spells of kings and queens Open our eyes beyond the palace of dreams Winter is slowly melting I feel the sun on my face Frost bitter, but burning away I feel heaven's rays The time has come for this tower to fall To bring down the sages and ancient walls Breaking the spells of kings and queens Open our eyes beyond the palace of dreams Tyrannus es Your time will come Tyrannus es Your tower will fall Tyrannus es and scatter as dust Nullum regnum habes
10.
I see the arrows fly, I see the fire coming Hold steady in the line, nothing is surprising And those who are asleep, and those who close their eyes Swimming in self-defeat, choose to believe the lies When the ground is shaking, when shadows surround Hold steady in the line, we're doing something right The words which are deceived, their eyes can plainly see Truth which every living soul, knows so deeply In this present darkness We will push the antithesis Fighting not against the flesh In the heavenly places In this world of darkness Where the cosmic war rages Light will pierce the ages In celestial spaces And so the arrows fly, and fire burns around Hold steady in the line, and hold your ground These gates are made of deception, and fall they shall No weapon formed against us will prevail! In this present darkness We will push the antithesis Fighting not against the flesh In the heavenly places In this world of darkness Where the cosmic war rages Light will pierce the ages In celestial spaces One word spoken... And the walls shall fall! This kingdom built on rock Stone walls of eternity And it shall fill the earth As waters cover the sea There's no delaying Predestined destiny Hold steady in the line A breakthrough symphony!
11.
The Crown 05:02
All I feel Consuming me All I breathe My destiny In my sleep Awaking dream Cloud above Arresting peace Every moment Fighting through Reminding myself Of the truth Shattered pieces Into This weight upon my Shoulders... Won't you come through Take this burden down My eyes are searching for the crown Break these shackles now Take me through this drought Through this desert of doubt Winds are trying to blow me down The sun is burning in my mind No direction, no compass now No home to go to, on my own I'm on my own, won't you come Won't you find me? Won't you find me? Won't you come through... Take this burden down My eyes are searching for the crown Break these shackles now Take me through this drought Through this desert of doubt
12.
Remnant 04:45
Words, they cut so deep Carving into the flesh This cross so heavy There is no rest Betrayal, deception Whips of dishonesty Corruption, Oppression For this reality Triumph in tribulation Nothing can stop us now These scars will serve As a reminder Of shifting, and sifting Shaking us all apart Can we take the pressure Of a refiner's fire? Narrow is the way And few who will find it Wide is the gate to destruction The remnant will remain The relic of promise Sacrifice to regain Our rightful inheritance! Loss and liberation Paradox of this life It’s shedding light In the dark of the night Oh eyes, they see But they are still so blind Their minds are open But they know nothing now Narrow is the way And few who will find it Wide is the gate to destruction The remnant will remain The relic of promise Sacrifice to regain Our rightful inheritance!
13.
There is no farewell In the courtyard, beyond this realm Nothing out of reach When destiny at the helm A fragrant wind, it blows No one knows where it will go Moving mountains and sky To the depths of my soul Oh, enchanted sleep A vision transcending beauty A prayer beyond the sea A distant roar, it echoes through me My fortress is no more You opened my heart along your shore Magic calls us there Eternity, forever yours Better is one day in this court Than a thousand days in my mind Better is the fountain of life Than all the water and oceans combined There is no farewell In the courtyard, beyond this realm Ancient words are there Speaking life to repair Better is one day in this court Than a thousand days in my mind Better is the fountain of life Than all the water and oceans combined
14.
I wish I was on yonder hill 'Tis there I'd sit and cry my fill Until every tear would turn a mill Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán Siúil, siúil, siúil a rún Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I'll sell my rock, I'll sell my reel I'll sell my only spinning wheel To buy my love a sword of steel Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán Siúil, siúil, siúil a rún Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I'll dye my petticoats, I'll dye them red And 'round the world I'll beg my bread Until my parents shall wish me dead Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán Siúil, siúil, siúil a rún Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I wish, I wish, I wish in vain I wish I had my heart again And vainly think I'd not complain Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán Siúil, siúil, siúil a rún Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán But now my love has gone to France To try his fortune to advance If he e'er comes back, 'tis but a chance Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán Siúil, siúil, siúil a rún Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom
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I wish I was on yonder hill 'Tis there I'd sit and cry my fill Until every tear would turn a mill Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán Siúil, siúil, siúil a rún Siúil go sochair agus siúil go ciúin Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I'll sell my rock, I'll sell my reel I'll sell my only spinning wheel To buy my love a sword of steel Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I'll dye my petticoats, I'll dye them red And 'round the world I'll beg my bread Until my parents shall wish me dead Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán I wish, I wish, I wish in vain I wish I had my heart again And vainly think I'd not complain Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán But now my love has gone to France To try his fortune to advance If he e'er comes back, 'tis but a chance Is go dté tú mo mhúirnín slán

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From the coast of British Columbia, Canada, auburn-haired symphonic metal artist LEAH is drawing attention from all over the globe. Inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Loreena McKennitt to European symphonic and progressive metal, LEAH creates something magical and refreshing. Her debut self-released album "Of Earth & Angels" received international critical acclaim, landing her on "The Best Symphonic Metal Album" Metalstorm Awards for 2012.

International fans call her “The Metal-Enya”. From ethereal ballads to folk-tales, mysterious world instrumentation and operatic blast beats, LEAH’s music is a breath of fresh air among a sea of female-fronted rock.

LEAH has had success in gaining thousands of fans around the globe, strictly through her online presence and social media, despite never having done a tour.

“Otherworld” (EP) was released in 2013 [re-issued in 2014] and features Eric Peterson’s vocals [Testament/Dragonlord] on the ethereal metal track, “Dreamland”. “Otherworld” followed in the same steps as the debut, but took everything a step forward and gave us a hint on what’s to come in the future.

“Kings & Queens," the anticipated new album from LEAH is sure to be loved by fans of symphonic metal and female fronted rock. This album is powerful, beautiful and often dances on the edge of progressive. Most of all it’s hard not to be drawn into and enchanted by LEAH's diverse and mesmerizing vocals.

Featuring musicians such as Timo Somers and Sander Zoer (Delain), and Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian & Vengeance), as well as artwork by Jan Yrlund (Apocalyptica, Sirenia), this 15-track masterpiece emerges as the heaviest of all her releases. Dabbling in worldly Celtic, middle eastern, and New-Age flavors, while lyrically laced with epic imagery of dystopias, fallen empires, spiritual warfare, love and destiny, this album proves to be very promising and is expected to be received by fans and critics as one of the top symphonic metal albums of the year.

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released February 3, 2015

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LEAH is a Canadian symphonic metal artist with Celtic & World influences.
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