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Njord is the third studio album by the German/Norwegian symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released on 28 August 2009 on Napalm Records.[6] Njörðr comes from Norse mythology and is a name associated to the Vanir god of the sea and the wind.

Njord
Cover njord leaveseyes.jpg
Cover design by Stefan Heilemann
Studio album by
Released26 August 2009
RecordedMastersound Studios, Steinheim, Germany, 2009
GenreSymphonic metal, gothic metal, Viking metal
Length55:56
LanguageEnglish, Norwegian
LabelNapalm
ProducerAlexander Krull
Leaves' Eyes chronology
My Destiny
(2009)
Njord
(2009)
Meredead
(2010)
Singles from Njord
  1. "My Destiny"/"Northbound"
    Released: 24 July 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
About.com4/5 stars[2]
BBC(positive)[3]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Sea of Tranquility4/5 stars[5]

In this album the band used for the first time a full orchestra and choir and wrote for them suitable arrangements.

The album was also released in a digipak deluxe edition, including two bonus tracks and a model of a Viking longship with Leaves' Eyes logo on the sail.[7]

Contents

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull; all music composed by Alexander Krull, Mathias Röderer, Thorsten Bauer, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Njord" 6:14
2."My Destiny" 4:13
3."Emerald Island" 5:24
4."Take the Devil in Me" 3:51
5."Scarborough Fair"Traditional4:04
6."Through Our Veins" 3:40
7."Irish Rain" 4:01
8."Northbound" 4:23
9."Ragnarok" 5:11
10."Morgenland" ("The Morning Land") 2:54
11."The Holy Bond" 3:41
12."Frøya's Theme" 8:20
Total length:55:56
Limited edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Landscape of the Dead"4:36
14."Les Champs de Lavande" ("Lavender Fields")2:41
Total length:63:13

PersonnelEdit

Leaves' EyesEdit

Additional musiciansEdit

  • Lingua Mortis Orchestra from Minsk, Belarus, directed by Victor Smolski
  • Al dente Choir from Kleinbottwar, Germany, directed by Veronika Messmer
  • Christian Roch - Uilleann pipes and whistles on "Scarborough Fair" and "Irish Rain"
  • Anette Gulbrandsen - backing vocals on "Northbound"
  • Gunnar Sauermann, Cristoph Sutzer, Robert Suß, Uwe Fichtner, Markus Rutten, Steven Willems, Stefan Heilemann - Vikings on "Njord"

ProductionEdit

  • Alexander Krull - producer, engineer, mixing and mastering at Mastersound Studios
  • Mathias Röderer, Thorsten Bauer - assistant engineers
  • Victor Smolski - orchestra recording engineer

ChartsEdit

Year Chart Position
2009 German Albums Chart[8] 30
UK Indie Chart[9] 40
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Flanders)[10] 58
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Wallonia)[11] 82
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 88
Independent Albums (USA)[9] 105

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format
Spain, Finland 26 August 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Benelux, France 28 August 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
Internationally 28 August 2009[13] Napalm Records Deluxe CD packaging containing Viking Longship model and extra sticker (limited to 500 copies)
The rest of Europe 31 August 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
Canada 1 September 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc
United States 29 September 2009[7] Napalm Records Compact Disc

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Leaves' Eyes - Njord review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  2. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Leaves' Eyes - 'Njord'". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. ^ Moffitt, Greg (2009). "Leaves' Eyes Njord review". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ Spencer, Trey (1 September 2009). "Leaves' Eyes Njord review". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  5. ^ Pierce, Ken (20 November 2009). "Leaves' Eyes: Njord review". Sea of Tranquility.org. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Leaves' Eyes: My Destiny EP track listing revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "LEAVES' EYES To Release 'Njord' As Viking Longship Model Edition". Blabbermouth.net. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Album – Leaves' Eyes, Njord". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Napalm Records Chart Results". Napalm Records. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Njord". Ultratop (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Njord". Ultratop (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Njord". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Njord - Leaves' Eyes, CD & Viking ship". EMP Merchandising. Retrieved 18 April 2014.