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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 And Atrocity Check In From S. America

LEAVES'EYES and ATROCITY will be guests on Brazilian STAY HEAVY TV. The show will be broadcasted next week. Here you can find a video trailer with some impressions of the South America tour.

The bands have also posted an update as follows:

"Dear fans,
after the sold out show in Santiago de Chile ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES went to Buenes Aires / Argentina. The show was sold out, too, and just amazing! Thank you Argentina and Chile!!! 15.09., LEAVES` EYES and ATROCITY had a great signing session at BLACKMORE ROCK BAR in Sao Paulo! We also did some nice interviews: Liv and Alex were interviewed by FM Rock and Pop (Argentinia).

Check out Zona Metal. They recently posted the first photos of the ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES shows in South America.

Now we arrived in Brazil, looking forward to the shows in Curitiba, Sao Paulo and Recife. Moreover, we will be the guests of the Brazilian Stay Heavy TV! We are having a great time meeting all of our fans in South America!

See you at the shows,
LEAVES' EYES & ATROCITY"

Finally, fans impatiently waiting for the release of "Legend Land" have a chance to listen to all the songs of the new EP two weeks before official release at the release party presented by LEAVES' EYES, sounds2move.de and Napalm Records. In cooperation with Kornhaus Hünfeld there will be the exclusive release party on May 20th where you can hear all the EP's songs for the first time. Moreover, drummer MORITZ NEUNER will be the speacial guest DJ, and will be available for a face-to-face talk and for signing autographs. There will also be some goodies to be won and the band's official merchandise also will be available.

Exclusive LEAVES' EYES "Legend Land" release party:

date: 20.05.2006
venue: Kornhaus Hünfeld (Josefstraße 16, 36088 Hünfeld, Germany)
doors open: 9 p.m.
charge: 3 Euro
programme: + exclusive "Legend Land" pre-listening
+ very special guest: DJ Moritz Neuner (Leaves' Eyes, Atrocity, Darkwell, Graveworm)
+ big raffle
+ merchandise stand

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Liv Kristine Offers Dress In Charity Auction

Vest yourself with the dress LIV KRISTINE started her career in and support a charity project! You have the unique chance to purchase an original LIV KRISTINE dress by auction.

Together with the German charity association "Gothic Aid e.V." the singer of LEAVES' EYES exclusively sells one of her dresses at auction. The black velvet dress was worn by the gothic queen on her first three tours with her former band Theatre of Tragedy when she started her career.

The auction will end 19.04. at eBay.

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Leaves' Eyes "Legend Land" EP Details

Leaves' Eyes' "Legend Land" will be released at the end of May/beginning of June for the price of a single. You can also look forward to a special and exclusive Limited Fan Edition of the EP. LEAVES' EYES will perform for the first time two of the new songs from the upcoming MCD "Legend Land" on the upcoming tours. More news coming up soon.

LEAVES' EYES - "Legend Land"

1. Legend Land
2. Skraelings
3. Viking's Word
4. The Crossing
5. Lyset
6. Legend Land (Extended Version)

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Leaves Eyes To Release Legend Land

Continuing the successful journey of their critically acclaimed "Vinland Saga" CD, German/Norwegian act LEAVES' EYES have completed recording of a new mini-album, presenting five brand-new exclusive tracks, entitled "Legend Land".

The EP will be released for the price of a single at the end of April/beginning of May 2006 in connection with the band's upcoming tours, which includes dates througout Europe, USA, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

The tracks included on the EP are: "Legend Land", "Skraelings", "Viking's Word", "The Crossing" and "Lyset". Vocalist Alex Krull explains: "At first we'd planned to release a single from the 'Vinland Saga' album. However, we decided to record a complete EP with brand new and exclusive songs. This is our way of saying thank you to our fans and their great support. The past tours were amazing! As we will tour a lot this year it will take a while until we have finished our next full-length album. These five powerful and atmospheric tracks developed out of a couple of new brilliant ideas."

Vocalist Liv Kristine adds: "The new songs sound fantastic. They are very strong. We had a wonderful time continuing our work with the Viking concept and making further discoveries."

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Leaves' Eyes Confirm Tour Dates w/ Atrocity in '06

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

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Leaves' Eyes To Tour Germany In December

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...

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Leaves' Eyes Frontwoman Completes Solo Album

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."

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Evil Darkness Tour 2006 Taking Shape

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.

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Subway To Sally Announce Fall Tour

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...

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Liv Kristine Busy Producing Second Solo Album

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.

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Leaves' Eyes Drummer To Tour With Graveworm

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

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Leaves' Eyes Charts On German Top 100

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

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Liv Kristine Talks About Upcoming Solo Album

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.

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Watch Leaves' Eyes New Video

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:

More...

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Liv Kristine Makes Peace With Theatre Of Tragedy

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...

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Leaves' Eyes Confirm North American Release Date

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.

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Confirmations For Metal Female Voices Festival III

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:

LACUNA COIL
AFTER FOREVER
EPICA
LEAVES' EYES
ELIS
MIDNATTSOL
ASRAI
MERCURY RAIN
DILUVIUM
AUTUMN
SKEPTICAL MINDS
THE LEGIONS OF HETHERIA

One more opening act will be announced during the coming weeks.

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Leaves' Eyes To Release 6-Track Mini CD

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.

"Elegy" Tracklist:

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)

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Did Evanescences's Success Open Doors For Others?

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.

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Leaves' Eyes To Release New Album In May

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.

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