I wish I had found German Folk/Symphonic Metal band Lyriel before now. Their newest album, “Leverage”, gives me serious eargasms. Lyriel describe themselves as ranging “from dreamy ballads, a pinch of medieval tunes, to heavy rock songs with elements of classical and Celtic folk music.” This is very accurate, and the mixture of all these elements on “Leverage” is extremely polished and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. The album finds a great balance of metal, amazing vocals, folky string instruments, and anthemic choruses. There’s always something interesting going on here; there’s never a dull moment in the instrumentation or vocals. Vocalist Jessica Thierjung sings equal parts elf maiden and siren seductress, sometimes a mixture of the two.
That said, fans of really heavy, fast metal may not like Lyriel. Fans of female-fronted metal, symphonic metal, and folk metal will most likely find a lot to love here. I’d definitely give it a try regardless, especially on a gloomy day. The extremely anthemic choruses are sure to pick up your spirits and make you bob your head in glee.
Songs to listen to: Leverage, Voices In My Head (heaviest on the album—there’s some harsh vocals!), The Road Not Taken (Yes, the Robert Frost poem. It’s AMAZING), Aus Der Tiefe (most folk-y of the album). They’re all good, really.