Album Title: 
Kings & Queens
Release Date: 
Friday, January 30, 2015
Review Type: 

Leah is not a band, but the front name of the fronting woman Leah McHenry, who hails from British Columbia – Canada.  So far she has released her debut album in 2012, called ‘Of Earth And Angels’, and an EP in 2013 ‘Otherworld’, which was re-issued in 2014.

What this lady brings us is symphonic metal, but with a high dosage of Celtish/folk influences.  On this album though, she has not limited herself to these influences, but also has mixed in some oriental sounds.

On this new full album she gets the aid of Timo Somers (Delain), Barend Courbois ( Blind Guardian) and Sander Zoe (ex Delain).  But what’s the core of her music is her voice. She is capable of quite a few twists, can sound very warm, sumptuous but also angelic. It’s a bit like Enya, but in a metal way.

I found this a very refreshing, nice album.  At last something that doesn’t tread the same paths once again, but tries to stand out from the crowd.