Leah – Orphaned Land Guitarist Chen Balbus Guest Musician on New Album


Canadian Symphonic / Celtic Metal artist Leah recently released Ethereal Cover of Skyrim Video Game Theme Song “The Dragonborn Comes” . Leah is currently working on her brand new Celtic Metal album that will be released this Fall. She has checked in with a little update on how things are going with the new album!

First, the songs that came together ended up being a lot more metal than I originally planned, which is totally great. BUT… there’s a lot more Celtic & Fantasy elements, which make for a great combination if you ask me : )

Troy Donockley of Nightwish has finished all his tracks for the new album.

The flutes and pipes he played really added some MAGIC to what was already there. Lots of goosebumps for me when I heard the end result!
So I’m absolutely thrilled about that! : )

Next, I also have a new guest player!

Chen Balbus, the guitarist from Orphaned Land (Middle Eastern/Oriental Metal) is gracing a couple tracks with the saz and the oud.

I was really surprised at what a difference they made in places, and it really wowed me! My next thought was, “umm…. I really need to do more with these instruments… they are also magical!”

Those are 2 new guests that I’m very happy to have on this album.

Timo Somers (Delain) is neck-deep in guitar tracks for the album as we speak!

Drums from Sander Zoer (Ex-Delain) and bass from Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) are on the way as well!

Then, it’s vocals for me in June!

I’m going to attempt to sing my vocals in a very home-made vocal booth : ) Using some newer technology, I’ll be recording directly from my microphone, which will send the signal and record directly to my producer’s computer. It’s supposed to act like Skype, but for music (so much higher quality). I’m really hoping the tech works out and it all goes smoothly.

This is now really an international effort! Let’s see, Troy is in the UK, Chen is in Israel, Timo, Sander, and Barend are in the Netherlands, Oliver (my producer), who is a huge part of this project is in Germany, I’m in Canada. Is that all? I almost forget how many people are involved now!

I’ll be thinking about choosing a single, and of course doing a video this Summer…. Lots to look forward to!

That’s all for now, and in the near future, I’ve got a little surprise adventure planned for you…….


Leah‘s latest album “Kings & Queens” has been released on January 30th 2015 in Europe and on February 3rd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings. An Impressive new album from Leah featuring Timo Somers [Delain], Sander Zoer [ex. Delain] and Barend Courbois [Blind Guardian, Vengeance].

Our review of “Kings & Queens” can be found here.

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