(6/10) "Skin and bones" ia already album number five of the band from Gummersbach, Germany. The city is more known for successful handball in the eighties than for metal.
It was in 2003 when Lyriel was founded. They play symphonic metal with folk elements. They describe their music as "Dark romantic celtic rock". The answer on what this means can be found on their newest release "Skin and bones".
The opener "Numbers" is a characteristic number on the album. The main components are the big catchy melodies combined with the admittedly great vocals from Jessica Thierjung. Those are a positive factor of the band. The string section adds the 'celtic component' to Lyriel's sound. Without this the band would be not more than another female fronted symphonic metal band.
Also worth to mention is the duet on the album. Thierjung sings together with ex-Scar Symmetry member Christian Älvestam and the combination works pretty well - as long as Älvestam doesn't growl. In my point of view it would have been better if the songs would consist only out of clean vocals. The growls are a strange element in the track that doesn't fit into the context.
"Astray" is the gloomy ballad on the album; performed just by chello and vocals. This songs is actually a nice intermezzo and fits very well half-way on the album.
The really good song on the album is "Running in our blood". This track is so powerful, has an impressive beginning and a big hookline. It could have been even better if the energetic start would have continued throughout the entire tune. It feels a bit like the band surprised themselves by the aural brutality and back-pedaled.
Basically there is nothing wrong with the album. The songs are OK, the groove is there, the performance is OK. But I had the constant feeling that I have heard it already before.
"Skins and bones" isn't a bad album, but if I want to listen to this kind of music I prefer the originals - Within Temptation and Nightwish.
- Falling skies
- Skin and bones
- Black and white
- Days had just begun
- Your eyes
- Dust to dust
- Der Weg
- Worth the fight
- Running in our blood
- Dream without a dream
- Black and white
Label: AFM Records
Genre: Symphonic Metal