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Leaves' Eyes Posts Sample Of New Album's Title Track "Meredead"

Leaves' Eyes has posted a sample of the title track off the band's new album "Meredead." You can check out the track by heading over to the Leaves' Eyes MySpace page. Liv Kristine also commented on the song:

"Dear Leaves' Eyes fans, you can have a pre-listen to the title track 'Meredead' from the upcoming Leaves Eyes album, which will be out 22 April! Here comes the title track of our fourth full-length album! Firstly, let me explain the title, which is my own word-creation: To my grammatical knowledge, 'Meredead' could mean 'dead by the sea', 'or the deadly sea'. Poetically, we could add some imagination and lyrical sound and say 'Sea of Death.' Secondly, the word 'Meredead' sums up some of the themes rooted in my lyrics on the album.

"Now you may ask, why sing in Old-English? Since my Old-English studies I've taken great interest in both Old-English poetry and grammar. I just felt that this song required Old-English lyrics, and an Old-English 'sound,' moreover, it needed this historical feel! Old-English or Anglo-Saxon is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by Angeln, Sachsen and Jüten (Germanic tribes, called Anglo-Saxons) and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southeastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century. Although, for me, it meant digging my nose into my Old-English books for weeks (and buying even more at Amazon), I feel that it was really worth it, moreover, it made so much fun! For me, having Norwegian and Danish parents and grand-parents, it's even more interesting that from the 9th century, Old-English experienced heavy influence from Old Norse, a member of the related North Germanic group of languages.

"I highly recommend having a look at the book 'The Cambridge Old English Reader' by R. Marsden. PS: I was amazed that my dear friend and great inspiration in classical singing, Maite Itoiz (Elfenthal), managed to sing her Old-English parts straight away, without any phonetic explanations from me! Well done! Thank you, Maite!"

The recently posted music video for "To France" can also be found at this location.

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