Otherworld (EP)

by LEAH

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H.L.
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H.L. A tasty 5-track-snack from LEAH. Two smooth atmospheric songs, two catchy gothic/celtic metal tracks and a duett with Eric Peterson, which is ok, but also shows, that it is not really a significant additional benefit to add a male voice to LEAH's singing. Favorite track: Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep.
Russell Whyman
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Russell Whyman As several of the other reviewers have stated, Leah does seem to have progressed from 'Of Earth and Angels'.

The 'Do Not Stand ...' track initially attracted me as my partner loves the poem. It is indeed atmospheric. I found though that the whole EP is enjoyable. I think the 'Kings & Queens' album will find it's way into my collection sooner rather than later. Favorite track: Shores of Your Lies.
Marshall Wood
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Marshall Wood "Shores of Your Lies" features just piano & LEAH's voice, caught in a thunderstorm at sea, which hints at something sinister. That feeling becomes more pronounced during the chugging rhythm of "The Northern Edge". "Dreamland" starts in a similar vein to the other 4 tracks, until Eric Peterson joins in with an evil whisper that turns into a more traditional metal vocal. It's definitely the darkest moment of the album. But it's the contrast with LEAH's light vocal that makes the track work. Great!
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Oh life goes by Still these cruel winds blow Eroding my life Like a whispering ghost No destination, and we’re hollowly following Shipwrecked on the shores of your lies All of these voices, tauntingly haunting me So I’ll hold on to you for dear life Oh take these heavy chains Which bind my weary soul Burn the words which hunt me down They grip around my throat No destination, and we’re hollowly following Shipwrecked on the shores of your lies All of these voices, tauntingly haunting me So I’ll hold on to you for dear life Oh life goes by Still these cruel winds blow Eroding my mind Like a whispering ghost
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Here sunlight fades away In time the lines dissipate In this labyrinth of the dead We call from the Northern Edge Wage this war to the bitter end Raise this flag for the Northern Edge Here sunlight disappears In time the lines intertwine Here broken hearts shall be opened This time my love is leaving forever In this labyrinth of the dead We call from the Northern Edge Wage this war to the bitter end Raise this flag for the Northern Edge In this labyrinth of the dead We befall and we ascend Raise this flag on the Northern Edge In this corner of the Northern Edge
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Surrounded 05:47
Come to the sea, wash the memories of war away Lay your head down, ease the pain now, even in your dreams It’s far from over, I can see the storm on the horizon Like a little child, I weep over you, ‘till you come back to me My heart is surrounded I’ll lay my weapons down This battle’s just beginning Standing on this mountain I will surrender now Today I’m giving in Bring your wounds, bring your broken blades and chronicles Time to breathe, and time to leave again, making history complete I know it’s far from over, I can see the storm on the horizon But for a little while, let me memorize the last time I will see your face... My heart is surrounded I’ll lay my weapons down This battle’s just beginning Standing on this mountain I will surrender now Today I’m giving in This heavy armor has been weighing you down Skies growing somber and beckoning blood Is there any hope for us beyond these walls Bittersweet, this night shall be, in eternal stone My heart is surrounded I’ll lay my weapons down This battle’s just beginning Standing on this mountain I will surrender now Today I’m giving in to you
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Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep When you waken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glints on snow I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle autumn rain Gentle birds in circling flight I am the soft star that shines at night Oh do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there, I did not die... I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glints on snow I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle autumn rain
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In this dreamland, no one has to hide I awaken and you are at my side Then this warm summer breeze Comes washing over me A reverie for eternity... Twisted in this spiral of our time... Souls gripped in the confines of our minds... Eternal labyrinth of the underworld... Brings us to justice divine! Riding the river of Archeron No coin to recompense Charon Here I die one thousand times Here I wander now the shores of your lies... In this dreamworld where the sun shines cold Where blood runs much colder than snow I am the Usurper between these two worlds Now I am the King of this underworld! Once upon a time when we were all wise, we were so strange See the sunrise, hear the old lies, feel the clanging blades Ancient stories, wisdom, glory, and dismay that day It shall never be forgotten again In this dreamland, no one has to hide I awaken and you are at my side Then this warm summer breeze Comes washing over me A reverie for eternity... Flowing down this circular scroll Till we enter the gates, of lamenting souls Hold me at a distance as we're crossing paths An echo's breath, a romance death! In this afterworld, in the Caverns of Never! No dreams forgotten, forgiven here... Voices they call me, they taunt me, they haunt me! Ceasing the torment, for a moment's mirror... Will we see again the moon's pure light? Will we hear the thunder, roar! We shall sail upon the winds, of lamentation Where the ice storms burn, and the fires blow! Once upon a time when we were all wise, we were so strange See the sunrise, hear the old lies, feel the clanging blades Ancient stories, wisdom, glory, and dismay that day It shall never be forgotten again In this dreamland, no one has to hide I awaken and you are at my side Then this warm summer breeze Comes washing over me A reverie for eternity...

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This 5-song Celtic-metal masterpiece from Canadian artist LEAH takes you from the stormy shores of an ancient era... to fantasy landscapes... to the battlefield of love and loss. Cinematic character vocals from metal god Eric Peterson (Testament/Dragonlord) leave you electrified in his wake with an "echo's breath, a romance death!" Otherworld is where the ethereal and the brutal collide.

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released October 31, 2013

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LEAH Vancouver, British Columbia

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