2014, It was never easy to label Lyriel's music. Their mix of Celtic rock, gothic metal, folk and alternative influences has a unique touch to it. With SKIN AND BONES Lyriel stay true to their tradition of reinventing themselves again and again. The album is varied, melodic and despite new influences and a bit tougher stance, typical Lyriel. Singer Jessica Thierjung's voice and the strings (violin and cello) produce Lyriel's special atmosphere, combined with a stronger guitar and drum work this time. Lyriel rely less on synth sounds and let the actual band instruments play a more prominent role. The diversity of ideas on SKIN AND BONES is remarkable and there is a danger that the CD player does not leave so soon. Lyriel don't convince with the soft tones only, but with immense surprise even rocking tracks. Nevertheless, the folky influences have not disappeared. SKIN AND BONES shouldn't be missed, as it is definitely the highlight of Lyriel's artistic creation.