Review by Bryan on November 16, 2004.
There are those who say women have no place in metal or hard rock music. But, for every naysayer, there is another who swoons over the sounds of estrogen sailing over blast beats and chainsaw guitars.
Leaves' Eyes singer, Liv Kristine, has a voice to melt even the blackest of hearts, and is no stranger to heavy music. She enjoyed many years of success with industrial-metal outfit, Theatre of Tragedy. Now, she's teamed with members of Atrocity and crafted Lovelorn. It's certainly not going to stir up a brutal, boot-to-your-face pit. Much of the music is ethereal, combining orchestrated effects to create cool and haunting lullabies. But it undeniably has a hard edge, blanketed by the soft breaths of Kristine. Her voice serenades this record, and with hardly any effects used, her natural pipes clearly shine above all else. The guitars function at a perfect parallel to the keyboards. Although at times the distortion is a wee bit too high, making the six-stringer sound too synthetic for its own good. This contrasts the natural, worldly feel the rest of the music is striving for.
The title track and "For Amelie" land soft ripples on your eardrums, while other songs like "The Dream" and "Temptation," rattle things around a bit with some great hooks and grooves. There is a smoking guitar solo in the last track, "Return to Life." But where is anything like it in the other songs?
Lovelorn's lyrics paint the picture of a fantasy/love fable, certainly not what those sitting in dark corners, twitching to the sounds of Burzum immediately look for. But, a lot of metal fans (even those in dark corners) have an affinity to this sort of music. Liv Kristine and Lovelorn will seduce you in ways you never knew possible.
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Rating: 8.8 out of 10