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Kamelot @ B.B. King Blues Club (8/19/2007)

Kamelot is the always impressive in the live and recorded sense Melodic Power Metal band that had made me a hard core fan a couple of years ago. Their appearances at B.B. King Blues Club are always memorable and tonight’s appearance brought along Leaves Eyes. To learn our thoughts and see images from the show just scroll past the logo below.

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Artist: Kamelot
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Leaves Eyes
Date: 8/19/2007
Label: SPV Records

I was definitely excited when news that Kamelot would be returning to New York City was announced and it was made even better by the appearance of Leaves’ Eyes as the group’s sole opening act for the area’s show. I admit that there are times when I enjoy the bringing together of several different bands but for this one in particular I was quite cool with only having the two to watch. I felt that this would guarantee a slightly longer set from each band and also allow the audience to remain focused on the night a little easier without too many other things to worry about. I had also been to a number of shows in a row where it was five bands each time so I needed a little bit of a breather, in as much as a Kamelot show allows me to actually rest. In my humble opinion, Kamelot is probably the best at delivering Melodic Power Metal in today’s vastly shifting music scene, and while I have been one of the newer listeners to their stuff they continually manage to impress me time after time. I first caught them during the initial leg of the tour that supported “The Black Halo” and at this time I had only just reviewed the CD but like many who have been before and after me, this is a CD that snares you and keep you as a fan going forward. The guys headed off for Europe after this and ended up recording a live CD and DVD which they called “One Cold Winter’s Night”, a title which is actually a line from “The Haunting (Somewhere In Time)” and the release would find the band returning to the US and NYC especially. The blockbuster show found them with Epica in support, and yes you are correct, they are named after a Kamelot release. The two shows found the band performing in front of capacity crowds at the famous Times Square venue B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, so it made logical sense that for the new album “Ghost Opera” that the guys would once again be sure to hit the Big Apple in proper style. Here is how the night went down in case you missed it.
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“Legend Land” by Leaves’ Eyes

Artist: Leaves Eyes
Title: “Legend Land”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 7/18/2006
Genre: Gothic Atmospheric Metal
Rating: 4/5

Picking up where “Vinland Saga” left off, we find the return of Leaves Eyes and their latest EP “Legend Land”. The six song release offers five new tracks along with an additional version of the title track in an expanded form. This EP is a must-have if you already like the group for it follows seamlessly in the same patterns as their excellent predecessor to it. The themes of Viking lore most prevalent once again but still remain fresh courtesy of the lovely Liv Kristine, whose melodies are enchanting as always. The title track is a powerful number and also features Alex who handles the Dark vocals in this Beauty and the Beast vocal styled band and again he delivers the point and dramatics to the songs as necessary. Musically there are few bands who sound like Leaves Eyes, despite their being one of many female fronted Metal groups. There is a deep Gothic sense, but also a lot of Atmosphere and with Kristine singing about Vikings and her native Scandinavia there is a sense of Folk to the whole presentation. One cannot say that they are another Nightwish or Epica or Within Temptation as Leaves Eyes stands very clearly on their own feet with their own accomplishments to support them. While I would have preferred a full album from the group there is nothing bad that I can say about this EP as every song provides a level of enjoyment and made the release a repeat play on the changer time and time again. “Legend Land” is a good track on its own but “Skraelings” is a very interesting number in the way the rhythms pound and then slow down on turns and use all sorts of vocal styles. “Vikings Word” is a decent number but my overall favorite would be “The Crossing” as this possessed a little of all the feels one finds in this band.
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Blind Guardian @ B.B. King Blues Club (11/30/2006)

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Artist: Blind Guardian
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Leaves Eyes
Date: 11/30/2006
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

I think that when it comes to Metal shows and possible places to play that the numerous aspects of the genre and B.B. King Blues Club go hand in hand. After covering almost every show that was worth seeing for the Metal side, it made for a perfect closer to my own attendance here in 2006 as I found myself preparing to see the one and only Blind Guardian. The majesty of this band and their impact on Metal music made it a fitting end for this outlets coverage, as they are one of the truest and strongest holders of the banner in this genre. The band’s absence from US touring for some years made this a must see performance and the event would sell out quickly and with ease – those who were not paying attention months in advance were surely to be left begging someone to get them in tonight. Supporting the tour would be another new favorite of mine, the band Leaves Eyes that hails primarily out of Germany. Here are some thoughts on the show and the vibe of the night.
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Leaves Eyes: Live Photos @ C.B.G.B. (10/4/2005)

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Leaves Eyes were one of the many bands performing for a tour labelled as “The International Extreme Music Festival” and lucky for us it made a stop at C.B.G.B.’s on the Lower East Side. That full show was documented in a narrative found on THIS LINK; Now please enjoy a gallery of photographs that were captured from their performance.

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Leaves Eyes by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Leaves Eyes by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Leaves Eyes @ C.B.G.B. (10/4/2005)

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Artist: Leave’s Eyes, Atrocity, God Dethroned
Venue: C.B.G.B. (New York, NY)
Opener: Hell Within, Mantiss, Lilitu
Date: 10/4/2005
Label: Napalm Records

With an event called the “International Extreme Music Festival” and the venue of choice to be the recently newsworthy CBGB’s I knew that this was to be one of those interesting nights. The tour looked to be a nice lineup of some very heavy groups and I think it originally started with about 9 acts before the show hit NYC. Among the listed on ads the following performers were run down as follows: God Dethroned, Byzantine, Nightrage, Hell Within, Epoch Of Unlight, Thine Eyes Bleed, Lilitu, Atrocity and Leaves Eyes. My plan was primarily to cover the Leaves Eyes and Atrocity set as I had just reviewed “The Vinland Saga” CD on the site and found it to be an incredible piece of music. I also enjoyed some of God Dethroned material and Nightrage was a band a colleague has been talking up. There was an early start time based on the number of bands set to perform and this did not bother me in the least. I had to attend to something’s the following day and that would prevent the all-nighter coverage this evening. By the time the show hit NYC Nightrage had pulled off due to unconfirmed reasons and Thine Eyes Bleed and Byzantine were no longer listed. Instead we would find Mantiss added and the roster set at 6 bands. God Dethroned would be holding the headlining spot. I was not sure whether or not this was a good idea as while they are popular I felt that Leaves Eyes would be the biggest draw tonight. I also felt that legendary or not, that CBGB was a poor choice of venue, it would be too cramped if this sold out and cause a lot of people to be turned away. This would not be an issue tonight as sadly poor promotion left the draw at an extreme minimum. Arriving on time to do an interview with Leaves Eyes I found them over an hour away stuck in traffic according to the Tour Manager. When I spoke to several girls who were diehard Liv Krull fans they expressed concern as appearances earlier had been cancelled. It was nice to be able to inform them that while they were late; they were in fact on the way.
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