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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 Recording Album

Following that thoroughly unpleasant implosion last year, Leaves' Eyes is back up and running with a new lineup and recording an forthcoming full-length release. Drummer Joris Nijenhuis comments:

"Great news from Mastersound Studio - drum recordings are finished for the upcoming Leaves' Eyes album! Expect some heavy and big sounding drums, the album will be filled with some great heavy, catchy and epic songs. Definitely my favorite Leaves' Eyes album so far! Thanks to the following companies for their support: Zildjian Company, Vater Drumsticks, Remo, and Mapex USA." More...

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The Best And Worst Of Heavy Metal In 2016

We're at the end of the year already somehow? It was a big one for me personally as my head banging, bouncer moshing son arrived in May ready to throw the horns straight out of the womb!

There was a whole lot going on in the metal world as well to mark the year of his birth, with about equal parts good, bad, and utterly bizarre.

With the notable exception of one long-dormant mega band whose name is on everyone's lips, it seems like the reunion / reboot craze has finally come to a rest, for now anyway, and we can once again forget about all those broken up '80s and '90s groups seeking another day in the spotlight.

That paved the way for both a crop of new bands (and there were some awesome newcomers this year!) and long-running groups who never called it quits to show us what they could do throughout 2016.

The Good: Metal Highlights of 2016

It was back in 2015 that we started asking why there wasn't more heavy metal invading the world of PC and console gaming, and this year we actually saw some new additions. The top-down bullet hell wonder of "Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods" just arrived last month, while the rhythm game / RPG "Metronomicon" landed at the end of September.

The beginning of the year was also marked by the very metaltastic "Slain," drawing heavily from early Castlevania, and while it had an incredibly rocky launch, reviews are steadily getting more positive as patches are released.

On the music front, this was unquestionably the year of thrash!

New albums arrived from Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, and even the long-awaited return of the band everyone loves to hate, Metallica (although as our reader poll and CROMCarl's review show, there's clearly still some fans out there in the metal underground). More...

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Leaves' Eyes Go Viking on Austin

Monday December 12, 2016-

While there are still a couple weeks left in 2016, this will be my last road report of the year. The show was a milestone in my career as it completes ten years of concert photos and reports. I will be putting these into a new series of books. The visual aspect, energy, epic music and melody was the perfect send off for this ten-year odyssey. Thanks to Come And Take It Productions for making this night and many more nights possible. Their switch from Dirty Dog to Grizzly hall was a better choice for concert attendees. More...

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Leaves' Eyes Announces Tour With Sabaton

Leaves' Eyes just checked in with this announcement about gearing up for a new tour alongside Sabaton:

"At the moment we are still on an awesome North America tour with Sonata Arctica and Omnium Gatherum and just got great news! We are happy to announce that we will return to the USA & Canada in April / May 2017 and go on tour together with Sabaton and Battle Beast! What a great tour package! Check out the dates, we are looking forward to this killer tour!" More...

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Leaves' Eyes Releases "Fires In The North" Clip

Leaves' Eyes released a lyric video for the new song "Fires In The North." The song is the title track from the new EP, which drops on November 4th via AFM Records. The EP is the first release featuring new single Elina Siirala, who was recruited in the fall out with vocalist Liv Kristine.

In addition to the new song, the EP includes three songs from the band's latest album "King Of Kings" in new versions featuring Elina on vocals. The complete track listing is:

1. Fires In The North
2. Fires In The North (Acoustic Version)
3. Edge Of Steel (2016 Version)
4. Sacred Vow (2016 Version)
5. Swords In Rock (2016 Version)

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Leaves' Eyes Announces New EP

Leaves' Eyes - which parted ways with vocalist Liv Kristine earlier this year and subsequently recruited new singer Elina Siirala - now unveils info on new EP "Fires In The North."

The title track is a brand new song, featured in a regular and an acoustic version. In addition, the EP includes three songs from the band's latest album "King Of Kings" in new versions (featuring Elina on vocals). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and "Fires In The North" will drop 11/04/2016.

1. Fires In The North
2. Fires In The North (Acoustic Version)
3. Edge Of Steel (2016 Version)
4. Sacred Vow (2016 Version)
5. Swords In Rock (2016 Version) More...

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AFM Records Announces 20 Year Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who's who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years - Metal Addiction."

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs. More...

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Leaves' Eyes: Live Video With New Singer Posted

Fan-shot video footage of Leaves' Eyes' June 10, 2016 performance at the RockFels festival in Loreley, Germany can be seen below. The band made its live debut with new singer Elina Siirala earlier this year on April 17 at the Hammersonic festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Check it out now below.

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Liv Kristine Responds To Mediation Document

Following her former band releasing a mediation document from when Liv Kristine and Leaves' Eyes parted ways, Liv has now posted this message to fans and announcement about plans for upcoming music:

"1,200 messages - YOU ARE AMAZING! I have read all your heart-warming words and good wishes. This is the essence of our true and honest relationship. So much love to my fans and friends!

"Still, I am horrified - how can someone put a protocol not approved on by me online, without asking me for permission? I don't see the necessity in this. Anyway, it puts things straight: I was fired from my own band that day. A sudden action, and well planned.

"Let the past be past! Today I talked with Raymond (Theatre of Tragedy) for further cooperation. Are you ready? Who's in?"

For those who missed the unfolding train wreck, Liv and Leaves' Eyes very unexpectedly parted ways recently, which led to dueling statements about how the breakup went down and whether it was really a mutual decision. More...

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Leaves' Eyes Releases Mediation Document

The duel between Leaves' Eyes and former front woman Liv Kristine continues, this time with the band releasing a mediation statement from earlier this month (available below). Leaves' Eyes posted this message online:

"THE TRUTH ALWAYS REMAINS. Since we are fed up with the lies on social media, and as we promised yesterday, here is the proof that we tell you the truth about what is going on.

"Here you can read the signed protocol documents (English and German) - certified by lawyer Frank Dehn - which proves that the news about the protocol from the mediator of our crucial band meeting is accurate and correct in every way.

"Furthermore the protocol shows that the decisions were made together! Since January this year Liv’s exit from the band was already pending. We hope, we have finally cleared up the situation for every one now! Like posted before we wish Liv all the best for her future!"

This document coming online following claims from Leaves' Eyes that Liv was made aware of the changing situation back in January, which she specifically denied in a recent Facebook post. The protocol in question below is dated as from April. More...

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Leaves' Eyes Responds To Vocalist Situation

The Leaves' Eyes split is officially getting ugly. While the original press release sent out by the band had statements from all parties indicating an agreeable split, of course that turned out to not actually be the case.

Both sides have now sent out dueling statements with completely different claims about what went down. Liv Kristine claims plotting went on behind her back and she was booted from her own band without warning after a new vocalist was already picked.

The remaining members of Leaves' Eyes have fired back with this statement below, claiming everyone agreed to the split through a mediator and that Liv was aware of the situation as early as January:

"Dear Fans and Friends, we are just back from a great weekend in Indonesia. Our first show with Elina went awesome! Despite a heavy tropical storm before the gig 21.000 people showed up in front of the stage!

"We understand that many fans and friends are surprised and shocked about the change in our band. We all know Liv had an important role for the band in the past, and we understand people are sad as it was not an easy decision for every one involved.

"But since a lot of hateful and disrespectful comments are in the social media, we would like to take the opportunity to make some points very clear: Leaves’ Eyes has always been a band, and not a project, nor a Liv Kristine solo project at all. We always worked as a team in Leaves’ Eyes. In the last decade Tosso and Alex wrote the music for Leaves’ Eyes and Liv took care of the lyrics.

"Liv’s solo project is called 'Liv Kristine.' We supported Liv also in her solo career, writing music, recording and producing albums and doing management in the past.

"The decision to part ways with Liv was taken by all Leaves’ Eyes members, including Liv. A mediator - a friend of Liv and Alex - was at the band meeting who can witness that the decision of parting ways was agreed by all members. Liv was happy to have the opportunity to plan changes in her future life and she does not have to go on tour so much anymore. The idea to go separated ways came up already in January. Elina was no part of this decision or process. More...

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Liv Kristine Comments On Being Booted From Band

Update: the band has released a response to this statement claiming very different things than what Liv says below. You can read that part of this sadly unfolding saga over here.

After the seemingly amicable sounding split between Leaves' Eyes and founding member Liv Kristine, the less-than-savory aspects of the story are now of course coming to light. Liv just posted this message online via Facebook:

"Dear Fans & Friends, without you I wouldn't have the strength to continue with music. What you all have done for me with all your endless support and passion keeps me going on in these difficult times.

"Thank you for warning me concerning new postings by someone in Leaves' Eyes, done to harm me and make my situation even worse. I have nothing to hide, nothing to fear. I was told a bit longer than a week ago that I am not preferred as the band's singer for further tours and recordings anymore.

"I asked for the situation concerning Indonesia and the soon-to-happen up-coming shows. The answer was 'no.' I asked if there's a replacement and I got no clear answer. I can't believe this process happened behind my back, parallel to a huge disappointment in my private life. A few days later there certainly was a replacement. I must say - that was 'quick!' More...

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Leaves' Eyes Splits With Liv Kristine

Update: Both sides have now released new statements accusing the other of lying and playing dirty. You can read Liv's here and the rest of the band's at this location.

In a twist that has left many fans reeling, Leaves' Eyes has parted ways with vocalist Liv Kristine. One of our wonderfuly snarky FB fans commented, "since the band was named after her the new band name will be Krull's Eyebrows!" The band issued this statement online about the situation:

"Dear Fans and Friends, with the upcoming shows, tours and releases Leaves' Eyes will introduce their new female singer: Elina Siirala, Finnish vocalist living in London. Leaves’ Eyes and former vocalist Liv Kristine will part ways.

"Liv was the female voice of the band since the beginning in 2003. Together we toured through 50 countries and 5 continents, moreover we recorded 6 studio albums with outstanding singer Liv. We are full of pride in what we have reached together! From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank Liv for amazing 13 years of being our front lady, the work we have done together and all the passion for music that we shared all these years! We wish Liv all the best for the future, her solo career and other projects! Liv will always be an important part of the Leaves’ Eyes history but now we are looking forward to a new chapter and the new musical adventures of Leaves’ Eyes!

"We embrace Elina with open arms and hearts! She is a fantastic singer and performer. Please, welcome the new female voice of Leaves’ Eyes: Sensational Elina Siirala!"

Liv Kristine had this to say: "I am highly proud of having been founding member and front lady of Leaves' Eyes, which has played a vital role in my life since 2003. Good luck guys, thank you for the amazing music, outstanding moments with our worldwide audiences, moreover, the passion we all share. Love, Liv" More...

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Omnium Gatherum To Tour With Sonata Arctica

Omnium Gatherum will return to North American soil in November / December 2016 supporting Sonata Arctica and Leaves' Eyes.

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates are now available exclusively at this location. Tickets will go on sale April 29th at all other outlets. Dates for the trek are as follows:

Nov. 06 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
Nov. 07 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
Nov. 08 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
Nov. 09 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 11 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Nov. 12 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Nov. 13 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC Canada
Nov. 14 - Mavericks - Ottawa, ON Canada
Nov. 16 - Dallas - Kitchener, ON Canada
Nov. 17 - Park Street Saloon - Columbus, OH
Nov. 18 - Token Lounge - Westland, MI
Nov. 19 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 21 - Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 22 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 24 - The Exchange - Regina, SK Canada
Nov. 25 - Dickens - Calgary, AB Canada
Nov. 26 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB Canada
Nov. 28 - The Venue - Vancouver, BC Canada
Nov. 29 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Nov. 30 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR More...

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Leaves' Eyes Posts Tour Trailer

Leaves' Eyes is about to set off on a European trek in support of latest album "King of Kings" (reviewed here), and now a teaser trailer for the festivities can e seen below. Catch Leaves' Eyes live on these dates with Diabulus In Musica and Melted Space:

15.10.2015 DE - Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
16.10.2015 AUT - Graz, Explosiv
17.10.2015 IT - Erba (Como), Centrale Rock Club
18.10.2015 IT - Rome, Traffic Live 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
03.11.2015 UK - Southampton, Talking Heads*
04.11.2015 UK - Bristol, Marble Factory*
05.11.2015 UK - Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms*
06.11.2015 UK - Sheffield, Corporation*
07.11.2015 UK - Manchester, Academy 3*
08.11.2015 UK - Glasgow, The Audio*
10.11.2015 UK - London, 02 Islington Academy*

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Leaves' Eyes Releases Lyric Video For Title Track

Symphonic metal act Leaves' Eyes - featuring the husband/wife team of Liv Kristine (ex-Theatre of Tragedy) and Alexander Krull (Atrocity) - released a new lyric video for "King of Kings" - the title track of the band's new album, which drops in the USA tomorrow - Sept. 18th - via AFM Records. A review for the album can be viewed at this location.

The track list for the album is:

1. Sweven
2. King of Kings
3. Halvdan the Black
4. The Waking Eye
5. Feast of the Year
6. Vengeance Venom
7. Sacred Vow
8. Edge of Steel
9. Haraldskvæði
10. Blazing Waters
11. Swords in Rock

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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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