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Formed: 2003
From: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Leaves' Eyes News

Below is our complete Leaves' Eyes news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Leaves' Eyes Posts "The Waking Eye" Video

After dropping the "Halvdan The Black" video clip a few weeks ago, Leaves' Eyes now returns with another music video taken off "King Of Kings." Check out "The Waking Eye" below.

Liv Kristine comments: “We are proud to present our brand new video clip, ‘The Waking Eye!’ It was filmed at several locations in Norway and Germany. Moreover, our son Leon plays the role of the child king Harald, while Alex performs as the grown up Harald Fairhair, the first king of Norway. I’m proud of my two Vikings!”

Alex Krull adds: “For the battle we recruited a horde of Vikings from several Viking groups: Værjaborg, Franci Saravi, Blodorn, Blodhvitnir and Ziu Zynir. As the battle was going on, Rainer 'ZIPP' Fränzen and his team filmed in rain and mud–it was epic fun to be one of the Viking warriors!” More...

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Leaves' Eyes Releases New Video

Leaves' Eyes has a new video clip online from the forthcoming "King of Kings" album set for release next month. Check it out below, and the band comments:

"Dear fans and friends, here's our new video clip for 'Halvdan The Black' showing a collage of impressions from the tours and festivals we did around the globe filmed in North America, the Caribbeans, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Asia!

"Take a closer look and you may discover yourself in the audience! Enjoy the video and stay tuned for more news about 'King of Kings!'"

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Leaves' Eyes Announces European Tour Dates

Leaves' Eyes will celebrate the new album "King of Kings" - due for release via AFM Records on September 18th - with a European tour this fall. Support will come from Spain's Diabulus In Musica and French all star symphonic metal act Melted Space.

The dates for the tour are as follows:

15.10.2015 DE - Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
16.10.2015 AUT - Graz, Explosiv
17.10.2015 IT - Milan, Cerbero
18.10.2015 IT - Rom, Traffic Club
20.10.2015 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
21.10.2015 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
22.10.2015 NL - Zoetermeer, Boerderij
23.10.2015 BE - Vosselaar, Biebob
24.10.2015 FR - Paris, Glazart
26.10.2015 CH - Lyss, KuFa
27.10.2015 DE - Augsburg, Spectrum
28.10.2015 DE - Berlin, K17
29.10.2015 CZ - Prague, Nova Chmelnice
30.10.2015 DE - Dresden, Puschkin
31.10.2015 DE - Hameln, Autumn Moon More...

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Leaves' Eyes Reveals New Album

Leaves' Eyes will drop new album "King Of Kings" this coming September, with the artwork available below. The band also comments:

"Hafrsfjord, Norway's west-coast. A.D. 873. Did you hear what happened? Harald Hårfagre (c.850-932), remembered by medieval historians as the first king of Norway. The battle of Hafrsfjord is described in the Saga of Harald Hårfagre (Harald Fairhair) in Snorri's Heimskringla.

"Harald defeated several petty kings and the battle is considered decisive in the unification of Norway. The seabed in Hafrsfjord hides many secrets and many traces. Moreover, Hafrsfjord is my birthplace. With our upcoming album we would like to take you on a journey through a highly interesting chapter in Scandinavia's history.

"Those of you who were present at our latest concerts surely noticed that there's one new song on our setlist, 'Halvdan the Black' - one chapter of the upcoming album 'King of Kings!' Halvdanr Svarte (c.810-860) was a ninth-century king of Vestfold, Norway. He belonged to the House of Yngling (son of Odin' line) and was the father of Harald Fairhair. 'Halvdan the Black' is just the start of an amazing adventure!

"This production is one unique soundtrack - a brilliant and impressive auditive experience. The album was recorded in Germany, Norway, England, Netherlands, Belarus and Switzerland. 'King of Kings' is produced by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio. Outstanding musical colleagues and ensembles have contributed with their guest appearances like the London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Harry Potter). The fantastic artwork is done by Stefan Heilemann (Lindemann, Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot)." More...

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Leaves' Eyes Signs With AFM

After several successful tours around the globe, Leaves' Eyes is back in Mastersound Studio and also just signed a deal with AFM Records.

"We couldn’t be happier with our choice to sign with AFM Records,“ says lead singer Liv Kristine. "We wanted a trustful and true partner and we feel that with Jochen and his whole team."

Singer and producer Alexander Krull states: "We are more than happy to sign with AFM Records! It’s incredible to team up with Jochen Richert and his entire supportive staff! We have known Jochen for years and also worked successfully together in the past. This is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Leaves' Eyes!"

Jochen Richert (AFM Records) had this to say: “When you get the chance to work with such an incredible band, you just have to do it. Leaves' Eyes are one of the leading bands in their genre and we know that Liv and her band are professional in every way. In addition, we know each other for many years and get along so well. So Leaves' Eyes for us is the 'total package' and we are delighted and proud to be their new label home."

Nils Wasko (AFM Creative Director) adds: "I can only agree here: it's a pleasure to have Leaves' Eyes on board now. Liv is an icon of the gothic & symphonic metal scene and has led both Theatre Of Tragedy and later Leaves' Eyes to international fame. We are really looking forward to this new collaboration."

This coming May, Leaves' Eyes will hit the roads of U.K. and then tour across Latin America and play at several summer festivals. In the second half of 2015 the fans can expect the upcoming longed-for opus to finally drop.

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Leaves' Eyes Enters Studio For New Album

Leaves' Eyes has entered Mastersound Studio in Germany to record the follow up to the 2014 release "Symphonies of the Night" (see review here). The as of yet untitled release is targeted for a late 2015 drop and will be a conceptual release about highly important chapter in Norwegian history.

Vocalist Liv Kristine posted the following update:

"Dear Fans & Friends,

"[G]ood news from Mastersound Studio!

"We are in the midst of recording Leaves' Eyes new full-length album.

"The album's concept is rooted in a highly important chapter in the history of Norway. The sagas of Norway's kings and the middle-ages has always been of great interest to me and it's such a pleasure to compose and record this huge soundtrack with my dream team here at Mastersound Studio. Thanx to my guys for these enchanting tunes and killer production!

"The album will be released in the second half of 2015.

"More news will follow soon!" More...

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Footage Of 70,000 Tons Of Metal Available

With the 2014 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal in the books, footage of various bands filmed by Metal Underground.com is available for viewing below. Road Reports for the first three of four days of the event can be seen here:

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day One

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day Two

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day Three

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day Three

Day three was port of call day for the largest floating festival. This year, the destination was set by the fans who voted narrowly to make port at Costa Maya, Mexico - a new destination and within a short journey to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben. The boat docked at about noon and I gathered a small group of friends, which included cabin mate and vocalist for Helsott, Eric Dow, LT Rhapsody/21 Octayne drummer Alex Landenburg (who was onboard playing with Bonfire) and Margie, a rabid metalhead who has attended every single 70K cruise. Joining us on the journey was Bonfire vocalist Claus Lessmann and bassist Uwe Kohler, as well as Metal Injection's Dave Pando.

It's was a hot, humid and unforgettable journey into one of mankind's most advanced and mysterious civilizations in Mezo-America, the Mayans. We boarded the coach buses and made our hour long journey into the flatlands of the Yucatan peninsula, now largely abandoned due to high category 5 hurricane strikes in the last 10 years (though you can get a sweet land deal if you wanted to take the risk). Our guide was Manuel,,,who is also known as the "Silver Fox." He provided valuable information on the history of Mayan civilization and touched on the obvious reasons why the word failed to end on December 21, 2012 and the possibilities why the civilization may have disappeared. The map of entire Central American region of ruins also seemed to contain a site that could unlock a title of a future LT Rhapsody song...."The Temple of the Turtles" - or so we had a pretty good chuckle about. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day Two

When day two began, it was about two hours from when day one ended....and I was grateful to have had an hour of sleep compared to many others who had none. Energized by Gloryhammer’s phenomenal set of unicorn greatness....I plotted my day.

It got off to a rocky start for shows, since writing my day one report forced a miss of Poltergeist’s first gig since reforming. Tired set in big time and I begrudgingly missed Freedom Call’s first set as well, two items that will not be missed on Thursday. So today’s schedule ended up like this: Swallow the Sun, Terrorizer, Bonfire, Leaves’ Eyes, The Haunted, Orphaned Land, Dark Tranquility, Carcass, Haggard, Death: DTA Tours. I sacrificed plans to see Satyricon, Fear Factory and Septicflesh, knowing that I had to follow up. More...

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Moonspell Kicking Off Tour

Gothic Portuguese metallers Moonspell have returned to North America to begin their headline tour tonight in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room. We also recently chatted with the band about the trek, which can be read right here.

The "America Noir" tour will run through February 20th in Toronto, ON. Support on the tour will be provided by Napalm Records label-mates Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Moonspell Frontman Fernando Ribeiro commented on the tour and the band's return to North America:

"We are excited to be back in the North America and to celebrate every night with our fans in every city we play. It's the 11th time we have come to the States and for sure we will be playing not only from the present but plenty from the past. We invite everyone out there reading these words to come and support us if you know us or come out and discover us, if you're into the darkest of metals, the heaviest of Goth America painted in noir, the Spell is here!"

Moonspell is touring in support of the band's 2012 release "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here). More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Freedom Call, Unearth And Hatesphere Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: Germany's Freedom Call, Boston's Unearth and Danish death thrashers Hatesphere.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Freedom Call, Unearth and Hatesphere join the previously announced acts, with 6 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Poltergeist
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Gloryhammer & Poltergeist Named For 70000 Tons

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next two bands for the upcoming floating festival: Gloryhammer (featuring Christopher Bowes of Alestorm and Thomas Lazlo Winkler formerly of Emerald) and reformed Swiss thrashers Poltergeist (featuring André Grieder, who sang vocals on Destruction's 1990 album "Cracked Brain").

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Gloryhammer and Poltergeist join the previously announced acts, with 9 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Wacken Open Air 2012 Seeing CD/DVD Release

There‘s only one Wacken Open Air, and nothing heats up the summer quite like the world-renowned festival in the north of Germany.

2012’s edition saw heavy hitters like Volbeat, Edguy, and Testament tearing up the stages, with 75,000 moshing metalheads in attendance. The atmosphere was unique as always, the party legendary - and now you can be there, too! Relive the planet‘s biggest heavy metal festival in all its glory on DVD and CD, hitting stores on February 18th, 2014 in the US and Canada.

The CD version can now be pre-ordered at this location, and the festival featured appearances by Volbeat, Edguy, Suffocated, Decapitated, Leaves‘ Eyes, Schandmaul, Circle II Circle, Red Fang, Nasum, Unearth, Graveyard, Moonspell, Djerv, Riotgod, Warrior Soul, Cradle of Filth, and Hammercult.

The 3-DVD-set features 60 tracks from 25 bands as well as a 20 page booklet for a total of four and a half hours of music. The double-CD gives you 32 songs by 13 groups. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Four New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: Death DTA (featuring Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic)), Miami death/progressive fusion act Cynic, Chicago doom metallers Novembers Doom and German hard rock act Bonfire (who will play the entire "Fireworks" album at one of its performances).

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Death DTA, Cynic, Novembers Doom and Bonfire join previously announced acts, with 11 more bands still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Leaves' Eyes Gearing Up For 2014 Shows

After European and Asian tour dates throughout the end of 2013, Leaves' Eyes will be touring with Pythia and Atrocity in Europe this coming year. Dates are as follows:

15.01.14 UK - Cardiff, Bogiez
16.01.14 UK - Nottingham, Basement
17.01.14 UK - Manchester, Sound Control
18.01.14 UK - Birmingham, Temple
19.01.14 UK - London, Garage
25.01.2014 PR - San Juan Pr., La Respuesta

27.01/31.01.2014 - Miami/Caribbean Sea, 70.000 Tons of Metal

08.03.2014 UA - Kiev, Bingo Club
14.03.2014 DE - Arnsberg, Zero
15.03.2014 NL - Almelo, Ramrock Festival
16.03.2014 DE - Berlin, K17
04.04.2014 DE - Stuttgart, Club Zentral
05.03.2014 DE - München, Backstage

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Four Pack Of Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: German classical metal act Haggard, U.S. power metal veterans Vicious Rumors, the recently revived Austrian grindcore act Pungent Stench and Dutch death thrashers Izegrim.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Haggard, Vicious Rumors, Pungent Stench and Izegrim join previously announced acts, with 15 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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Orphaned Land, Raven, Rising Storm Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced that Israeli symphonic metal act Orphaned Land, legendary traditional metal act Raven and German power/progressive metal act Rising Storm have been added to the cruise.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Orphaned Land, Raven and Rising Storm join previously announced acts, with 19 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Overkill
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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