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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.
In addition the band's previously announced European tour dates, Firewind has now added on additional U.K. and Irish tour dates with Leaves' Eyes. The newly added dates are as follows:
13.09.2012 Cardiff (UK) - Clwb Ifor Bach
14.09.2012 Manchester (UK) - Moho
15.09.2012 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory
16.09.2012 Belfast (Northern Ireland) - Spring And Airbrake
18.09.2012 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
19.09.2012 Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall
20.09.2012 Plymouth (UK) - White Rabbit
21.09.2012 Southampton (UK) - Talking Heads
22.09.2012 London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy
23.09.2012 Margate (UK) - West Coast Bar
Firewind is also set to release "Few Against Many" on May 21st (Europe), May 22nd (N. America), and May 23rd (Japan). A teaser trailer can be viewed at this location.
Symphonic/gothic act Leaves' Eyes has confirmed that the band will play Wacken 2012 in August. The band posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:
We are proud to announce that LEAVES' EYES will be playing WACKEN OPEN AIR 2012!
The amazing Viking Battleship is setting sail to go ashore directly on the stage at this year's edition of Wacken Open Air.
Expect an epic show with a breathtaking stage decoration and quite a few surprises!!
LEAVES' EYES will be the main act at the Party Stage on friday the third of August!
Vocalist Liv Kristine commented on the upcoming perfoemance:
I can't wait to play in Wacken again, our Viking ship heading northwards to make a fantastic show for you! Wacken has always been and will always be an amazing, unforgettable experience to me; the loud, crazy audience from all over the planet, the first-class Wacken crew, and all those memories that goes under you skin. Thank you, Wacken, for having us!
Vocalist Alex Krull also commented:
We are proud to be back with our Viking ship at Wacken and play for our friends and fans at the biggest Metal Open Air worldwide! There has always been a special connection between our bands and our friends at Wacken! See you under the Northern flag, my friends!
A trailer for the appearance can be seen here: More...
Power metal band Firewind announced the first string of European dates in support of the forthcoming LP "Few Against Many" starting on September 25, 2012 in Paris. Symphonic metal band Leaves Eyes will provide support. "Few Against Many" is scheduled for on May 21, 2012 through Century Media Records (EU) and May 22, 2012 through DisManic Distribution via E1 Music (North America).
Check out the confirmed tour dates on the poster below:
On the heels of Roland Navrati's departure from Atrocity due to private reasons, the drummer has simultaneously departed from symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes as well. The band announced that Felix Born, of the German metal band Fragmental, will be the new drummer.
Born had the following comments on joining Leaves' Eyes:
I am really happy to announce that I am the new drummer of LEAVES' EYES. As I got the offer to do a jam session with the band I was highly motivated, because I love their music. The combination of grooves and nice melodies is exactly what I appreciate being a drummer. During the jam session I realized the fact that I wanted the job even more, because I felt very comfortable with the whole band. I am really happy about joining LEAVES' EYES and I am looking forward to seeing you all on the road soon!
Frontwoman Live Kristine had the following comments on Born: More...
The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.
The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.
The track list is as follows:
01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...
Symphonic/gothic metal band Leaves' Eyes will re-release the EP entitled "Melusine" in digital format only on December 16, 2011 (EU) and December 20, 2011 (North America) through Napalm Records. The EP was previously released on April 19, 2011 and will now be available through iTunes and Amazon.
The track list for "Melusine" is as follows:
2. To France (Unreleased Mix)
3. Tell-Tale Eyes (Alternate Version)
4. The Battle of Maldon
5. Legend Land (Acoustic Version)
Stream of Passion has posted a road report online from the band's recent time on the road alongside Leaves' Eyes. An excerpt from the blog follows:
"16th of October - Travel Tilburg - Steinheim, Germany. We all share good memories of the European tour we did with Leaves Eyes 2 years ago. So we were really excited to join them once again and tour together!
"As with every tour it all started on a misty morning, somewhere in Holland, in a certain city, in some street, at some garage box... loading all our gear and instruments into an undersized taxi van. After some puzzling we were officialy: on tour! More...
Leaves' Eyes announced that the band will perform a free acoustic show in Paris with supporting act Stream of Passion on October 18, 2011 at Le Klub in Paris. The bands will also be conducting a signing session for fans.
Leaves' Eyes announced that Dutch progressive metal band Stream of Passion will be joining the band on some select European dates. The change was due to the recent cancellation by Visions of Atlantis due to an illness to male vocalist Mario Plank (see article at this location.)
The affected dates are as follows:
14.10.2011 CH - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe (without Stream of Passion)
17.10.2011 F - Lyon, Le CCO / H'elles on Stage festival
18.10.2011 F - Paris, Le Club - Free acoustic show + Signing Session!
20.10.2011 UK - Manchester, Academy 3
21.10.2011 UK - London, Underworld
22.10.2011 BE - MFVF IX - Leaves' Eyes
23.10.2011 BE - MFVF IX - Stream of Passion
Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming October shows:
"The Summer fests are over and Leaves' Eyes wants to thank everybody who supported the band at the festivals! Right now, Leaves' Eyes is gearing up for the upcoming October shows and everybody is looking forward to meet the fans from Tunesia (first Leaves' Eyes show on the African Continent), Czech Republic, France, UK and Belgium! See you on tour! You can watch a trailer below."
Leaves' Eyes upcoming tour dates in October are as follows:
08.10.2011 TN - Tunis, Rock on Fire Festival
14.10.2011 CZ - Zlin, Masters of Rock Café
7.10.2011 FR - Lyon, H'elles of Stage festival
20.10.2011 UK - Manchester, Academy 3
21.10.2011 UK - London, Underworld
22.10.2011 BE - Wieze, Metal Female Voices IX
Leaves' Eyes singer, Liv Kristine, has announced a concert, "One night with Liv Kristine," on December 2nd at Alte Seminarturnhalle in Nagold, Germany.
The Norwegian female singer will be presenting a row of her own songs and special cover songs from her own career (solo, Leaves' Eyes & Theatre of Tragedy) acoustically. Last but least you will get the chance to listen to new, unreleased material.
Tickets for the show are available this location.
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following statement about about merchandise being confiscated at the Summer Breeze festival:
"Dear fans and friends, Some members of the band visited the Summerbreeze festival in Germany this weekend. We met up with our friends from the Nuclear Blast merchandise stand on the festival grounds and got some rather unpleasant news on which we'd like to set the record straight.
"We heard the police showed up and confiscated Leaves' Eyes shirts with a Celtic Cross on it. Apparently the police thought the design had something to do with right-wing symphathies. We also heard some fans were forced to take their shirt off with the same design and had to give it to the police as well. Later the police apologised for the mistake and brought back the shirts to the Nuclear Blast stand, after harrasing the merch people 5 times! We as a band want to state that we are shocked and disgusted by all what has taken place. Also, we are amazed by the ignorance of the police in these matters as clearly Leaves' Eyes have nothing to do with such symphaties, nor does the design of the t-shirt. Clearly they need to do their homework a lot better!
"We think it is a shame that things like this had to happen at one of the best metal festivals we know and also the merch guys and girls @ Nuclear Blast, and last but least to our fans!"
Leaves' Eyes will be performing at the M'era Luna Festival in Hildesheim, Germany on August 13th. The band has also announced it will be hosting a signing session at the Sonic Seducer stand. You can check out a trailer for the upcoming Leaves' Eyes performance in the player below.
Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following brief update about the Lillehammer Rock Festival being cancelled:
"Sad news, unfortunately the organization of the Lillehammer Rockfestival has decided to cancel the whole festival. We really hope to play Norway as soon as possible! A press release (in Norwegian) can be read on the festival's website at this location."
Leaves' Eyes will perform a benefit acoustic gig at the Greentunes festival in Berlin. This is the kick start of three benefit acoustic shows from Leaves' Eyes in September and December:
09.09. D-Berlin / K17, 11.09. D-Marbach/Neckar / Schlosskeller and 11.12. D-Steinheim/Murr / Klostermuseum.
Greentunes is a festival event connected to vegetarian and vegan lifestyle featuring bands, DJ's, artists and special lectures. The festival is presented by Die GRÜNEN, Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt, BMT (Bund gegen den Missbrauch der Tiere), PETA, Vebu (Vegetarierbund) and Vier Pfoten which will take place within the Berlin Music Week at K17, Friedrichshain / Berlin on September 9th.
Confirmed artists include:
Das Ich & Friends
Additional details on the Greentunes festival can be found by navigating over to this location.
Leaves' Eyes has announced it will be headlining the H'elles on Stage festival in Lyon France on October 17th, 2011. Other bands that have been confirmed to perform at the festival include Visions of Atlantis, Aperion, Auspex, and more.
For additional details on the upcoming H'elles on Stage festival, head over to the gathering's official MySpace profile.
You can also check out a recently posted tour video blog from Leaves' Eyes in the player available after the jump. More...
Leaves' Eyes has posted a new video tour blog online, which contains behind-the-scenes footage as well as segments of the band performing live. The clip can be viewed below, or you can check out the previously uploaded tour video here.
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about the upcoming Heilig's Blechle 2011 festival changing venues:
"Because of developments concerning the festival location, the organization had to move the festival. Heilig's Blechle will now take place at the Arena Ludwigsburg!
"Also the festival has some awesome updates: 5 extra bands added to the bill, 2 full day festival, Aftershow Party at the RockFabrik in Ludwigsburg (with all bands). The stage will be double the size! Same ticket price! All previous sold tickets will stay valid for both days!"
Additional details on the festival are available here, and the bill is shaping up as follows:
Watch Me Bleed
After previously explaining the concept for the song "Mine Tåror Er ei Grimme," Leaves' Eyes has now posted the following comments about the track "Sorhleod:"
"Dear Fans & Friends, Here's my Song of Sorrow, my first song written and sung completely in Old-English. I remember the first time I heard Thorsten's instrumental demo version of it: I was filled with great joy, and I got goose-bumps! If I may say so, this is probably my favorite piece of music on 'Meredead.' I just felt that this song required Old-English lyrics, moreover, I feel like I can almost sense the movements of the waves in the chorus' rhythm.
"The perspective in Sorhleod is seen from a man's point of view. Thematically, it has a certain connection to the title track Meredead, in which the terrible fate of the men, dead by the sea, is seen from a female point of view. In Sorhleod the man explains the harsh and dangerous life, stuck on a drakkar, in ice-cold, raging winter weather, on sea, i.e. a hopeless situation, even for a tough, experienced Viking. As you probably have read, a Viking didn't stop sailing until he found land, i.e. retreat and return to home was out of the question. That's 'how' Leif Eiriksson ended up discovering America ('Vinland'), missing out on Greenland due to misty weather.
"In Sorhleod, the drakkar is still lost on the open sea, and the men fear, that they might not survive. We don't know if his prayers to Mary will be heard, though. His prayers to Mary is of essential importance: Historically, the 'action' in my poem takes place after 1000 AD, as Norway was gradually Christianized in a process starting at approximately 1000 AD by Christian missionaries (which was substantially finished by 1150 AD)."
The song "Sorhleod" is taken of the band's "Meredead" album. You can check out a trailer for the album at this location.
Liv Kristine of Leaves' Eyes has issued the following statement about the "Mine Tåror Er ei Grimme" song from the band's new album:
"Dear Fans & Friends, the basic idea behind this song is the medieval ballad. Musically, we decided to base the instruments on the vocals, as the vocal lines and the lyrics came first in the composing process of this track. That s rather an exception to the rule, by the way; normally music comes first, and then vocal lines with lyrics.
"Thematically, the lyrics are of elegiac content: It is a melancholic poem, in which a wife mourns a lament for her dead husband, fallen in battle. We follow her in the mental processing of the pictures of his brutal death, but as the same time she is trying to forget them, i.e. to move on with her life somehow. She is trying to find the answers in her elegy, and in her heart. The red gold surely refers to the sun, however, has a connotation to blood , both essential for the existence of life.
"It was quite an emotional experience to record this song, as it has a sad content. Moreover, I sung it in Nynorsk (New Norwegian or Norwegian Nynorsk), which is the majority language form of Western Norway, including Stavanger, where I grew up. Have fun reading Nynorsk!
"PS: Thank you, Anette, for adding traditional feel to the vocals."
You can also check out a trailer for the "Meredead" album by heading over to this location.