Vinland Saga by Leaves’ Eyes tells the story of Leif Erikson’s voyage to Greenland in 1000 A.D which is considered by many historian as the first to discover to Americas. An ambitious project indeed, Liv Kristine, formerly of Theatre of Tragedy, draws upon her personal Norwegian heritage for inspiration on Vinland Saga.
The Thorn certainly possesses an epic quality in the music which is contrasted by the soothing vocals of Kristine and a male growling vocal.
It is important to point out that Leaves’ Eyes utilized actual classical instrumentation as opposed to keyboard programming. The merging of metal with classical works beautifully on Vinland Saga with Kristine being the epoxy to bridge the genres that contain many similarities, yet few band’s have truly mastered the blend.