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Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity have just confirmed more tour dates together in April of next year. Here are the latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates:
Leaves' Eyes with Atrocity:
02.12.05 RUS St.Petersburg @ Port Club
03.12.05 RUS Moscow @ Point Club
10.12.05 CH Islikon @ C4
Leaves' Eyes with Subway to Sally:
15.12.05 D Karlsruhe Festhalle Durlach
16.12.05 D Munich Georg Elser Halle
17.12.05 A Vienna Arena
18.12.05 D Dresden Alter Schlachthof
19.12.05 D Langen Stadthalle
20.12.05 D Köln Live Music Hall
21.12.05 D Dortmund Soundgarden
26.12.05 D Losheim/Saar Alte Eisenbahnhalle
27.12.05 D Bremen Aladin
28.12.05 D Braunschweig Jolly Joker
29.12.05 D B. Salzungen Pressenwerk
30.12.05 D Potsdam Lindenpark
Leaves' Eyes with Atrocity:
07.04.06 CHI Santiago de Chile @ Theatre Caupolincan
08.04.06 CHI Santiago de Chile @ Theatre Gabriela Mistral
09.04.06 ARG Buenos Aires @ Nd Ateneo
11.04.06 BRA Porto Alegre @ Opiniao
12.04.06 BRA Curitiba Espacio Callas
14.04.06 BRA Belo Horizonte tbc
15.04.06 BRA Sao Paulo Direct Tv-Cie Hall
16.04.06 BRA Sao Paulo Manifesto Bar
Norway's LEAVES' EYES have announced the dates for their upcoming German tour called Nord Nord Ost Tour. They will be joined by SUBWAY TO SALLY.
Here's the complete list of dates:
15.12.2005 D - Karlsruhe / Festhalle Durlach
16.12.2005 D - München / Elser Halle (NEW!!!)
17.12.2005 A - Wien / Arena
18.12.2005 D - Dresden / Alter Schlachthof
19.12.2005 D - Langen bei Frankfurt / Stadthalle (NEW!!!)
20.12.2005 D - Köln / Live Music Hall
21.12.2005 D - Dortmund / Soundgarden
26.12.2005 D - Losheim/Saar / Alte Eisenbahnhalle
27.12.2005 D - Bremen / Aladin
28.12.2005 D - Braunschweig / Jolly Joker
29.12.2005 D - Bad Salzungen / Pressenwerk
30.12.2005 D - Potsdam / Lindenpark More...
LEAVES' EYES frontwoman Liv Kristine (ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) has posted the following message on her official web site:
"Autumn is here. At this very moment I am sitting in an Internet cafe in Manchester. Tonight we will finish our tour with LEAVES' EYES and PARADISE LOST in the U.K. This has been another great experience for me, especially meeting all these friendly people of the audience after the gig. I am looking forward to see you all at tour next time!
"The recordings for the my new solo album, 'Enter my Religion', are completed. It has been hard work and many sleepless nights in the studio, but the album reveals a new dimension of my musical world, spirit and personal expierence. This is what I wish to share with you. I hope you will like the new songs as they do mean a lot to me. Moreover, a new videoclip will be shot early November! I will keep you informed."
The Evil Darkness Tour, Scheduled for late summer and fall of 2006 is taking shape. They have announced the 21 US cities that it will stop in over the duration of the tour in 2006. Some venue's are still tentative, and dates are subject to change at this time. The Evil Darkness Tour recently announced the European Rock band Leaves' Eyes as the first confirmed band, as one of three headliners. In addition, talks with Atrocity, which shares band members with Leaves' Eyes, were taking place for the Tour in 2007.
The current schedule of tour dates is as follows:
August 8th, 2006 - San Diego, California @ iPay One Center*
August 11th, 2006 - Phoenix, Arizona @ Glendale Arena*
August 14th, 2006 - Los Angeles, California @ Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena*
August 19th, 2006 - Seattle, Washington @ Seattle Center*
August 23rd, 2006 - Denver, Colorado @ The Pepsi Center*
August 26th, 2006 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma @ Ford Center*
September 9th, 2006 - Dallas, Texas @ Reuinion Arena*
September 12th, 2006 - Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center*
September 18th, 2006 - St. Louis, Missouri @ Savvis Center *
September 22nd, 2006 - Minneapolis, Minnesota @ Target Center
September 26th, 2006 - Chicago, Illinois @ United Center*
September 28th, 2006 - Detroit, Michigan @ The Palace*
October 3rd, 2006 - Columbus, Ohio @ Nationwide Arena
October 8th, 2006 - New York, New York @ Madison Square Gardens*
October 11th, 2006 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Wachovia Center*
October 14th, 2006 - Reston, Virginia @ Richmond Coliseum*
October 17th, 2006 - Raleigh, North Carolina @ RBC Center*
October 20th, 2006 - Atlanta, Georgia @ Phillips Arena*
October 24th, 2006 - Miami, Florida @ Miami Arena*
October 27th, 2006 - Tampa, Florida @ St. Pete Times Forum*
October 30th, 2006 - Orlando, Florida @ TD Waterhouse Centre*
Listings marked with an asterik (*) denote that the venue has not been confirmed, but is in the pre-emptive planning stages, and is the venue of choice.
German medieval rockers Subway to Sally are known for a lot of roadwork. Maybe that's why they have to rely on two support bands for the upcoming tour for their new album "Nord Nord Ost" (="North North East," in stores Aug 22).
During the first half of the trek, Subway to Sally will be supported by Coppelius from Berlin. Starting Oct 28, Leaves' Eyes will take over.
Here's the complete list of dates: More...
Leaves' Eyes frontwoman Liv Kristine is busy producing her second solo album. The well-expected follower to "Deus ex Machina" will be called "Enter my Religion".
"The recordings are going very well. We have produced so many new songs that it will be hard to make a decision concerning the final album tracks. The songs are very diverse - you will hear soft ballads, cadanced pop songs and also rocking tracks. It's all so interesting for me as we are working with some very exotic instruments. This is a new challenge for me as an artist because I can realize so many new ideas I've been dreaming of for a long time." says Liv.
"Enter My Religion" is due late October.
Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes drummer, Moritz Neuner, will play again drums for Italian metal-act Graveworm on their upcoming european tour together with Kataklysm & Eminence. Graveworm tour dates:
Jun. 25 SLOV - Tolmin / METAL CAMP-Festival
Jun. 26 D - München / SUMMER HELL-Festival
Jun. 27 CH - Winterthur / Endstation
Jun. 28 D - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
Jun. 29 D - Heidelberg / Schwimmbad
Jun. 30 D - Hamburg / Markthalle
Jul. 01 D - Köln / Undergound
After 4 weeks in the German single charts with "Elegy", LEAVES' EYES new album "Vinland Saga" entered the German top 100 album charts on rank #62.
LEAVES' EYES' upcoming live dates are as follows:
Sa 11/06/2005 NL - Dordrecht / WANTIJPOP-Festival
Fr 08/07/2005 D - Bochum / BOCHUM TOTAL-Festival
Fr 15/07/2005 D - Wasserburg Geretzhoven / NIGHT OF DARKNESS-Festival
Sa 16/07/2005 IT - Badia / BADIA ROCKS-Festival
Sa 13/08/2005 D - Hildesheim / MERA LUNA-Festival
Sa 20/08/2005 D - Berlin / K17
Fr 09/09/2005 MEX - Monterry
Sa 10/09/2005 MEX - Mexico City
Sa 22/10/2005 B - Wieze / Oktoberhallen METAL FEMALE VOICES-Festival 3
Renowned female vocalist Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes, ex-Theatre of Tragedy) recently spoke to Metal Temple magazine's Michael Dalakos while promoting the new Leaves' Eyes release, "Vinland Saga". Liv spoke about a number of topics, including her upcoming second solo album that is going to be released via Roadrunner Records. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
Metal Temple: [There are] rumors [that you will] be releasing a second solo album. What can you tell us about this?
Liv Kristine: "Yes, it is true, there will be a second solo album. It will be released around autumn. I signed a record deal with Roadrunner Records. A dream came true for me since I had a lot of trouble with my first company. I had to fight for my rights in the court. I was really sad when I realized that some people wanted to put the dollar sign on my forehead. I don't want to be a Barbie Doll in the music industry. I want to write my own lyrics, be part of the recording process..."
Metal Temple: Can we assume it will be in the same vein as your first solo attempt?
Liv Kristine: "Yes. This CD will follow the steps of the first album. It will be quite atmospheric and dark, but I can tell you that I collaborated with other producers like Peter Tägtgren [Pain, Hypocrisy], so expect some very interesting combinations of music! There will be some up tempo songs for the album."
Metal Temple: With your previous band [Theatre of Tragedy] you have managed pretty much to bring a revolution to the heavy metal community. Do you think that you can achieve something equally great with your current band [Leaves' Eyes]? Generally how difficult is it to sound original today?
Liv Kristine: "I think it is very difficult to sound different, to achieve your own sound so people can understand what a band is playing after listening for a couple of seconds. Most bands today try to adopt elements from their favorite bands and if they are lucky enough to blend them with some elements of their own hoping for a personal sound. When you run a band like Atrocity or Leaves' Eyes it is very difficult to stick to your sound when many bands try to sound like you. Personally I believe that the best thing one band can do is to stick to its sound and be as much original as possible. You must try to develop your sound at one level but never forget where you come from.
"That was the main problem with Theatre of Tragedy. They have created a very personal sound. There was a dramatic difference between 'Aegis' and 'Musique'. They didn’t want to have any connection with their past. For example their singer was interested mostly in Eminem (!!!), so the band had a break with their past and started working on totally different material. This was very difficult for me. I will never try something like this with Leaves' Eyes."
Read the full article at Metal Temple.
Here you can watch an exclusive preview of the new Leaves' Eyes videoclip "Elegy". Since Monday, the MCD "Vinland Saga" with the single-track is in stores. Liv Kristine explains the concept of the new album here.
Also, the limited edition of “Vinland Saga” will feature loads of great bonus stuff:
When Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull was relieved of her duties as vocalist for Theatre Of Tragedy in 2003, she was just as shocked as her fans. When she returned with Leaves’ Eyes a year later, fans were surprised to learn she was still in the dark as to why she had been let go, her former TOT bandmates having cut all ties with her. In addition, Liv had been replaced by The Crest vocalist, a young lady by the name of Nell. Rather than dwell on the matter, Liv focused all her energy on Leaves’ Eyes debut album, Lovelorn, which led to an extensive European tour at the end of 2004. A three gig stint in her native Norway marked Liv’s first live appearances at home since getting the boot from TOT, and resulted in unexpected and much needed closure. More...
LEAVES EYES, featuring ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY's LIV KRISTINE, will release their new album, Vinland Saga, on July 19th in North America. The album will be preceded by a MCD entitled Elegy, which will be released as a teaser on June 28th.
LACUNA COIL, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA and LEAVES' EYES are among the acts confirmed for the Metal Female Voices Festival III, set to take place on October 22, 2005 at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
THE LEGIONS OF HETHERIA
One more opening act will be announced during the coming weeks.
The new Leaves' Eyes 6-track Mini CD "Elegy" (view cover) which includes only unreleased material will be released May 2, 2005 for the price of a single.
1. Elegy (Single version)
2. Senses Capture (Non-album track)
3. A Winter's Poem (Non-album track)
4. Solemn Sea (Demo version)
5. Mot Fjerne Land (Non-album track)
6. Elegy (Album version)
Freelance writer Bryan Reesman has submitted the following report to GRAMMY.com:
If the multi-platinum success of EVANESCENCE proved to narrow-minded rock jocks that female-fronted metal bands were viable, a fresh wave of melodic European headbangers should cement that affirmation, with their distinct blend of heavy guitars, symphonic underpinnings and soaring female vocals. Thanks to the breakthrough of "Fallen", like-minded groups that court gothic and classical influences are starting to find success on American shores.
"For quite a number of years we've personally loved that sound and tried to champion it," declares Marco Barbieri, president of the Century Family of labels that includes Century Media and Nuclear Blast. "We initially liked the European, gothic-inspired stuff that came out of some of the doom and death metal bands of the early '90s. When women started joining these bands, they made it that much more exciting and compelling."
Their sounds are quite distinct. NIGHTWISH blends gothic brooding with intense guitars and classical bombast. Their recent album, "Once", features orchestra, choir and a Native American flute player. LACUNA COIL play gothic-tinged heavy rock that invokes a more aggressive Evanescence (and they have been around much longer). LEAVES' EYES, lead by former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine, serve up dreamy, medieval-style metal. All of these bands employ lush keyboards and often contrast their beautiful female singing with harsh male growls normally reserved for death metal. That latter concept may not sound commercial, but EVANESCENCE may have paved the way for its acceptance through the male rap-metal exchanges of "Bring Me To Life".
Odin Thompson, label manager for Napalm Records USA and Moribund Records, sees a basic appeal for these groups — they write great music." These bands bring that heavy edge but inject it with melody and arrangements that have been long lost from rock and roll ," he asserts. "They also offer light to the normally dark world of heavy metal, which makes them special amongst their peers." Thompson believes this subgenre has the potential for tremendous commercial success at a major label level, something Napalm has strongly believed in for years with acts like SINS OF THY BELOVED, TRISTANIA and SIRENIA.
"I'm sure the majors are probably working on their own [groups]," surmises Barbieri. "I feared that a lot of manufactured, female-fronted bands would be coming out after the first EVANESCENCE single. Thankfully we've been spared that from the corporations, and it's being done the right way. Those that have been doing it [awhile] are gaining presence and profile."
The most obvious example of such visibility is Italy's LACUNA COIL, whose two-year-old album "Comalies" scanned more than 200,000 units domestically, cracking the Billboard Top 200 for several weeks last year after extensive grassroots development on radio, video play on Fuse and MTV2, and tours with P.O.D. and Ozzfest.
Read the full article at Grammy.com.
German gothic metal outfit LEAVES' EYES, featuring members of Theatre Of Tragedy and Atrocity, have posted the following update:
May 30th will be the date to release Leaves’ Eyes fans from waiting: The new album “Vinland Saga“ will be in stores. The sextet will enchant their audience with another fantastic and mystic concept album which will take you through its music and lyrics on a wonderful journey into long-forgotten times. With the use of various classical instruments “Vinland Saga” will be a unique pleasure for your ears. With the evolution of the typical Leaves’ Eyes elements the album will have a diverse sound.
Prior to this a mini-CD for the price of a single will be released. It will contain 5 unreleased tracks including the excellent title track of the single and a demo version of another song as an appetizer for “Vinland Saga”. Within the next weeks the shooting for the second video clip of Leaves’ Eyes will take place.
The new drummer of ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES is Moritz Neuner (a.o. Graveworm, Darkwell, Abigor). The production of the new LEAVES' EYES record has just started and the first drumtakes are already done. Also ATROCITY work on songs for a new album.
On related news, Atrocity's frontman Alex Krull is currently working on a remix for the CRADLE OF FILTH's song "Nymphetamine" ( featuring guest vocalist LIV KRISTINE), which is one of the nominees in the Best Metal Performance category for the GRAMMY Award 2005.
Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes claim to have been attacked by French police after a show in Paris. This led to the arrest of Atrocity frontman Alexander Krull, who was also injured in the fracas, among a number of others. They were eventually released without charge, or explanation.
After their grand finale show of the Atlantis Lovelorn Tour in La Locomotive, Paris, Nov. 28, Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes experienced an arbitrary infringement by the French police.
Right after crew and band had finished the loading of their bus in front of La Locomotive and the adjacent varieté Moulin Rouge, policemen appeared and told the bus driver to leave the street immediately. Due to traffic jam this was not possible at once. The policemen started to speak in a very aggressive tone that culminated in the threat of arresting the bus driver. Moreover, they took his papers away, thus Liv Kristine and Alexander Krull complained about the rude behaviour of the police. Then, suddenly a bunch of policemen, some in civil dresses, rushed the bus and attacked the musicians. As a result of their action, Alex Krull was injured, as several policemen beat him and violently pulled him out of the bus and down to the grown. Also, Liv Kristine was thrown against the wall of the bus and was hurt, too. Without any explanations, Alex Krull was arrested, along with him bus driver Helge, the Dutch tour guide Harald and the German journalist Robert Suß who had only tried to calm the policemen and keep them from attacking Liv Kristine again. They were all arrested in front of hundreds of visitors at Moulin Rouge and other clubs who witnessed the happening. The four of them were taken to the police station, where they had to stay for about three hours without any explanation for the arrest, any hearing or announcing of their rights. Only intensive pressure from the German embassy lead to their release. Still the police gave no explanation for their aggressive treatment, nor any excuse.
All these facts concerning these inconceivable happenings will be announced to both the German Foreign Bureau and the Head of Police in Paris.
Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes, fronted by the spouces Alex Krull and Liv Kristine, are currently in the middle of their European tour with Darkwell and Battlelore. They have issued the following update:
One week ago, Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes started up to continue with the Atlantis Lovelorn Tour and are overwhelmed by the great response of their fans. There is a very special tourreport with lots of exclusive photos from the first part of the tour updated here [ at the Gallery and Tourreprt sections of the band's site]. There are also new live pics from the concert in Bad Salzungen, 15.10.04 in the gallery.
During the last week Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes already played in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland and they are now looking forward to meet their fans in Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and France, where they will tour in the next two weeks. Unfortunately, the gig of Atrocity and Leaves? Eyes in Moscow, 04.12., is postponed to an uncertain date. More news will follow.