Leaves Eyes opens for Sabaton at Sony PlayStation Theater in New York City

Leaves Eyes Live in NYC 4/21/17.  Photo Mike Porciello

By Michael Porciello

Straight from work, and still in semi – professional attire on a casual Friday, (April 21st) I stepped out of the train at Penn Station and headed up Broadway to the PlayStation Theater to see three incredible bands whose style you really don’t see much of with native bands in the USA. Passing many a trinket vendor, I couldn’t help but notice how vastly this city has changed since I was little. Maybe it was my built in NY attitude that simply told them “no sale” before they even approached me to buy a foam Statue of Liberty crown. Not 15 minutes later, there it was, the cavernous, basement concert venue; one of a few that do not use Ticketmaster, thus affording a later ending time. This was a much needed break up of monotony.

Battle Beast live @ Play Station Theater Photo Mike Porciello

 

Taking the stage at 8 pm sharp was Finland’s Battle Beast. Led by Noora Louhima,  Battle Beast blazed through a 40 minute set starting off with “Straight to the Heart”. Nearing the end of their set, Battle Beast had the crowd in a singalong for “Bastard Son of Odin”. Their style, a good throwback to 80’s power metal, was received quite well from the polite crowd who showed up early. This kind of music may have very little market value here in the USA, but overseas, in countries where English is not the native language, it is resurrected, and perfected. I look forward to hearing more form Battle Beast upcoming.

Leaves Eyes live. Photo Mike Porciello

 

Leaves Eyes is a band who has been on my radar for a long time now. You don’t really see much viking metal, or really just that sharp of a focus and perfection of craft here in America, with our ever changing musical landscapes. Led by Elina Siirala and Alexander Krull, the band took that place over for the 45 minutes that they were on that stage. Elina’s operatic vocals, coupled with Alexander’s death – like growls, Leaves Eyes left me speechless. Opening with “Halvdan The Black”, Leaves eyes literally brings you back in time to the battlefront with each song. From the bloody epic of “Swords In Rock” to “Edge of Steel” you can taste victory each time. Leaves Eyes is a very diverse sounding band. One second operatic, one second brutal. Imagine them acoustic. They have that certain element to their sound that I believe would translate well, complete with full orchestra, and back lit in fire.

Leaves Eyes let it fly in the Big Apple. Photo Mike Porciello

 

Continuing the ever changing battlefront dimensions, the band brought more of the opera meets death, or “Beauty and The Beast” with songs such as “Swords In Rock”, and “Edge of Steel”; each it’s own epic. The highlight of the evening was the brand new “Fires In The North” , which again, the beautiful Elina Siirala handled with style and finesse. Along with Alexander Krull’s fist pumps to get the crowd riled up, many, including myself just stood there in awe, as that chorus was sung. “Fires In The North” sounded twice as good live as the studio recording.  As they left the stage, Alexander Krull (who also fronts death metal band Atrocity) in full knight regalia promised that Leaves Eyes would be back. That’s a show I won’t miss.

Sabaton live in New York City 4/21/17. Photo Mike Porciello

 

At roughly 10 pm, with nearly a packed house, Sabaton took the stage, amidst a cannon and “7.62 Artillery” ammo cases. That’s when things turned into a madhouse. For the 90 odd minutes, Sweden’s favorite war machine tore the house up. Every song they make is like listening to a history professor’s lecture set to music. To experience it live in concert adds that extra element. From “Carolus Rex” to “Swedish Pagans’, they pulled out all the stops. Contrary to belief, this is not Sabaton’s last tour. The Last Tour (a great marketing strategy) is the name of their most recent tour to promote their latest album, “The Last Stand.”

Leaves Eyes Rocked NYC. Photo Mike Porciello


So for roughly 3 and 1/2 hours I was fully entertained by many a battlefront. From the raw power of vikings, to nuclear devastation, these three bands brought out their A Game. Sabaton, with a huge fan base here, may just be getting the respect they finally deserve. I would love to see Sabaton paired with Manowar. THAT would be a hell of a show!  Battle Beast, we’ll undoubtedly be hearing more from. Leaves Eyes, with a lineup change that stunned many a follower, still have that certain 1, 2 punch. We’ll be hearing from them again too once things settle down. As a wiseman once said, “Pray for peace in times of war”.

Date City Venue Country
Tour: King of Kings World Tour
04/25/17 Montreal QC Club Soda CA
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04/26/17 Quebec, QC Impérial de Québec CA
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04/27/17 Toronto, ON The Opera House CA
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04/28/17 Cleveland OH Agora Ballroom US
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04/29/17 Westland MI Token Lounge US
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04/30/17 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub and Billiards US
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05/01/17 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall US
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05/02/17 Minneapolis, MN The Cabooze US
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05/03/17 Winnipeg, MB Park theatre CA
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05/05/17 Edmonton, AB Union Hall CA
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05/06/17 Calgary, AB The Palace formerly Flames Central CA
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05/07/17 Vancouver, British Columbia Vogue Theatre CA
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05/08/17 Seattle WA El Corazon US
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05/09/17 Portland OR Hawthorne Theatre US
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05/10/17 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom US
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05/11/17 Anaheim CA The Grove US
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05/12/17 Tempe, AZ The Marquee US
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05/14/17 Englewood CO Gothic Theater US
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05/16/17 Dallas TX Trees US
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05/17/17 San Antonio TX Alamo Music Hall US
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05/18/17 Houston TX Scout Bar US
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05/20/17 Tampa, FL Orpheum US
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05/21/17 Charlotte, NC The Underground US
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05/22/17 Silver Spring MD The Fillmore US
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08/24/17 – 08/26/17 Halleby Baltic open Air 2017 DE