The new video is online since Sunday, 20th September and heralding the new album “The Last Viking” – a true masterpiece that gives you a rare historical view on the Vikings. The raging pagan-hymn “Chain Of The Golden Horn” chronicles Hardrada’s dangerous escape from Byzantium, where a heavy iron chain was hidden in the Bosporus waters to wreck hostile ships.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the first single “Dark Love Empress” has been released in the middle of August – the haunting rock opus tells about the vengeful empress Zoë. When the Viking hero refuses to be one of her many lovers she has him locked in the Byzantine dungeons. The attentive reader recognizes, it’s not happening by accident, that those two clips have been released in that particular order. They successively narrate the whole story.
The thrilling first single showcases what a key strength the Finnish soprano-sensation Elina Siirala has become to the band sound.
Monumental. Epic. Powerful. – The Vikings’ last battle
England in the year 1066. The decisive battle near Stamford Bridge. Warriors fighting death, the grounds soaked in blood. Norway’s king Harald III, called Hardrada („the hard ruler“) lies dying. His whole life flashes before his eyes: cruel wars, fights over power, journeys to exotic worlds guiding to powerful women, emperors and kings falling into ruin. The last Viking King is dead – the Vikings’ age is over. Long live the Vikings.
“The Last Viking” is the 2020-monumental-piece of LEAVES’ EYES. The setting of the symphonic metal masterpiece couldn’t be more tremendous. With their cult-albums “Vinland Saga” (2005) and “King of Kings” (2015) they already turned Leif Erikssons discovery of America and the life of Norway’s first king into music. Now, LEAVES’ EYES bring the Viking Sagas to their bombastic finale.