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3.67 | 23 ratings | 2 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (65:39)
1. Lay of Leithian (4:13)
2. Barahir' Son (4:34)
3. Coming to Doriath (5:23)
4. Song of the Night (2:13)
5. Daeron's Betrayal (3:43)
6. Thingol & Beren (3:06)
7. Hirilorn (5:40)
8. Towards Nargothrond (4:07)
9. Tol in Gaurhoth (6:06)
10. The Two Songs (6:07)
11. The Hound of Valinor (5:39)
12. Siege (6:22)
13. Verge of the Forest (3:44)
14. Ambush (4:42)

CD 2 (65:41)
1. The Bat and the Wolf (5:00)
2. Carcharoth (3:36)
3. Conquest of the Silmaril (5:21)
4. Before the Throne (6:14)
5. Hell's Awakening (3:07)
6. Return from Death (6:01)
7. Daeron' Song (3:13)
8. Hunt to the Death (3:22)
9. Touch of the Silmaril (5:30)
10. In the Presence of Mandos (5:10)
11. The Time Beyond (19:07)

Total Time 131:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Luca Catalano / composer, lead & backing vocals, guitars
- Marco Catalano / composer, lead & backing vocals, drum, piano, narrative voice (Sam)
- Simone Del Savio / composer, lead baritone vocals
- Alessandro Armuschio / composer, keyboards, piano, lead vocals
- Gianluca Castelli / piano
- Luca Marangoni / violin
- Carlo Perillo / viola
- Daniela Lorusso / cello
- Chiara Marangoni / horns, lead vocals
- Massimiliano Clara / lead vocals
- Federica Guido / lead vocals
- Elena Richetta / lead vocals, writer
- Eleonora Croce / lead vocals
- Cristiano Blasi / flutes
- Giuseppe Ferrante / bass
- Cecilia Lasagno / harp, lead vocals
- Leonardo Enrici Baion / clarinet
- Wilma Collo / lyrics' adaptation

Releases information

November 2009 by Electromantic Music

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AINUR Lay of Leithian ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

AINUR Lay of Leithian reviews

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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars Beautiful, symphonic in extremis, extremely long, but somehow fails to intrigue me as much as Hurin's Children. If you want to know more, please read my two previous reviews, because I don't like to repeat myself, something that I would do otherwise in this review.

Big epic piece, I was looking forward this album a lot. Ainur did very well in past and the more you are listening to their albums, the more of a story you feel. These re-tellings of written words are always amazing, given that genre so fitting for these ancient magical fantasy stories, RPI. There are more "rough" parts, there are milder ones, exactly as the story goes up and down according to twist of fate (or more like narrator).

This album is of course poetical, epic, for sure concept and so on, but how it is about music itself actually ? There are parts where you can certainly feel Opera, except forementioned Symphonic elements, you can also experience neat guitar solos, mood parts (especially Before The Throne is full of them).

4(+), not bad album, but I fear it's too long to appreciate fully for now. I don't hope, I certainly know for sure that I will eventually like this album more in future. But take this review as words from someone who listened to this few times and is only in the beginning of the journey.

There are weaker parts, there are very good ones too, in average it doesn't make average, but high quality album. As we're used to from Ainur.

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3 stars Myths, legends, fairytales and SF are often inspiration for musicians in progressive rock. One of the most popular subjects is the work of famous author J.H.R. Tolkien. This double CD by Italian formation Ainur is another example in an endless row. On Lay Of Leithan the band has decided to do i ... (read more)

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