Leonov – Wake

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label URL: http://www.fysiskformat.no
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://leonov.bandcamp.com/album/wake
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Leonovband/

Band line-up:

Ole Jørgen Reindal – Guitar
Rune Gilje – Guitar:
Morten Kjelling – Bass
Tåran Reindal – Vocals/Synth
Jon-Vetle Lunden – Drums


1. I am Lion, I am Yours 5:32
2. Eucharist 5:13
3. Shem 10:50
4. Oceanode 6:45
5. Wake 15:00


Since starting up back in 2010, this is Leonov’s sophomore album with a mix of shoegaze, doom, and metal. The album just drips of melancholy, heaviness and great playing.

“I Am Lion, I Am Yours” starts the album with a thick riff that seems to overpower the rest of the instruments, but the organ holds onto the proceedings, along with an emotive voice that rises over the proceedings. A great start to the album. Last song “Wake” truly is a showcase of this album, with its beauty and sadness combination. The vocals are just divine, giving shivers and goosebumps with the band playing heavy, but quietly in parts and a bit heavier when needed. This would be an amazing song to listen to with headphones on in the dark with a storm raging outside. The added thunder rumblings would add to the song, giving it a bit more heaviness and atmosphere, not that this song is lacking in atmosphere.

A great second album that just seems to get better the more that I listen to it. Do yourself and your ears a favour and get this and play it… a lot!

Review by Rick Ecker