Leah forgoes the symphonic metal in her latest album that
takes the listener on an atmospheric journey through winter.
Leah McHenry certainly has a thing for recording
and producing her own material. The Canadian
started back in 2012 with her debut, Of Earth and Angels, the success of which
led to two ep’s in 2013 and finally another full length, Kings & Queens in
2015. From recognized musicians
including Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Eric Peterson(Testament), Barend Courbois
(Blind Guardian), Timo Somers (Delain), Chen Balbus (Orphaned Land), and Sander
Zoer (ex-Delain) to producers like Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey),
Leah’s projects have attracted great talent that complement her amazing voice.
For her fifth album, Ancient Winter, Leah recruited musicians who could bring more of the older instruments into the mix that includes the hurdy-gurdy, Uilleann pipes, and a host of stringed instruments. Guest appearances this time include: Troy Donockley (Nightwish) on Uilleann pipes, Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling, ex-Eluveitie) on hurdy-gurdy), Shir-Ran Yinon on fiddle/strings (Eluveitie), Oliver Philipps (Everon) on guitar and male vocals on “Puer Natus”, and Rupert Gillett (renowned string musician) on cello and salaw. Once again Leah financed the album herself on her own website for this new approach to what some consider ‘holiday music’ but is really more of a celebration of winter.
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