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Leaves' Eyes has posted the first "Meredead" tour video report online, which is from the band's run of shows with Midnattsol and Serenity. You can check out the video clip below.
You can also check out footage of the band discussing the new album "Meredead" by heading over to this location.
Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about seeking fan feedback on which songs to use for an upcoming 15 track sampler release:
"Due to the great feedback we received regarding the free & exclusive Facebook MP3 Compilation, we have decided to release a 'Volume 2' soon! We would like you to help us choose the track list for the 15-track sampler that will feature 'Napalm Records Classics.'
"We have put together a list of 50 possible 'classics' and started a poll on the official Napalm Records Facebook page! So become a fan and vote for your favorite classic track! The top 15 tracks will be included on the compilation, which will of course be free again and only available on our Facebook page!"
Bands appearing on the poll include Tyr, Tristania, Sirenia, Summoning, Korpiklaani, Leaves' Eyes, and more.
Leaves' Eyes has posted a video clip online in which the members of the band discuss the new album "Meredead." You can check out the clip below, or watch the band's recently posted music video for "To France" at this location. "Meredead" was released today, April 22nd, 2011.
Leaves' Eyes will be heading out on a European tour with Tarja this coming May. A video interview has now been posted online with Liv Kristine and Tarja discussing the tour, which can be viewed below.
Leaves' Eyes has posted a sample of the title track off the band's new album "Meredead." You can check out the track by heading over to the Leaves' Eyes MySpace page. Liv Kristine also commented on the song:
"Dear Leaves' Eyes fans, you can have a pre-listen to the title track 'Meredead' from the upcoming Leaves Eyes album, which will be out 22 April! Here comes the title track of our fourth full-length album! Firstly, let me explain the title, which is my own word-creation: To my grammatical knowledge, 'Meredead' could mean 'dead by the sea', 'or the deadly sea'. Poetically, we could add some imagination and lyrical sound and say 'Sea of Death.' Secondly, the word 'Meredead' sums up some of the themes rooted in my lyrics on the album.
"Now you may ask, why sing in Old-English? Since my Old-English studies I've taken great interest in both Old-English poetry and grammar. I just felt that this song required Old-English lyrics, and an Old-English 'sound,' moreover, it needed this historical feel! Old-English or Anglo-Saxon is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by Angeln, Sachsen and Jüten (Germanic tribes, called Anglo-Saxons) and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southeastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century. Although, for me, it meant digging my nose into my Old-English books for weeks (and buying even more at Amazon), I feel that it was really worth it, moreover, it made so much fun! For me, having Norwegian and Danish parents and grand-parents, it's even more interesting that from the 9th century, Old-English experienced heavy influence from Old Norse, a member of the related North Germanic group of languages.
"I highly recommend having a look at the book 'The Cambridge Old English Reader' by R. Marsden. PS: I was amazed that my dear friend and great inspiration in classical singing, Maite Itoiz (Elfenthal), managed to sing her Old-English parts straight away, without any phonetic explanations from me! Well done! Thank you, Maite!"
The recently posted music video for "To France" can also be found at this location.
Digital download store Metalhit.com has launched the first of many future monthly compilations to be available for free download worldwide. Owner, Mike Riddick, comments:
"What’s unique about these monthly compilations is that they will feature as-of-yet unreleased tracks from metal bands spanning a variety of genres. Metalheads want to be ‘in the know’ on the latest titles, and what better way to do this than to offer up legal downloads of the latest from metal’s greatest labels...days-to-weeks before their official release!"
Metalhit’s first compilation includes 11 downloadable tracks from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, While Heaven Wept, Blut Aus Nord, Feral, Necros Christos, Nightshade, Putridity, Satan’s Host, Spearhead, Hope for the Dying, and Leaves’ Eyes.
The compilation can be downloaded at this location. Another set of free songs will be available in May.
Leaves' Eyes has posted a music video online for the song "To France," which will be appearing on the upcoming album "Meredead." You can check out the clip below. A teaser trailer for the upcoming album and tour can be found here. "Meredead" will see release on April 22nd, 2011.
Leaves' Eyes has posted a second teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming "Meredead" tour, which can be viewed below. The first teaser is still available at this location. The new album "Meredead" is set for release on April 22nd, 2011.
Leaves' Eyes will be releasing the new album "Meredead" on April 22nd, 2011. The band has now posted a preview of the song "Kråkevisa" online, which can be heard through the band's MySpace page. Vocalist Liv Kristine commented on the track:
"Kråkevisa (The Crow Song), also called Mannen og Kråka (The Farmer and the Crow), is a traditional folklore in the genre Scandinavian medieval ballads. I know it from primary school as we used to sing it in the school's choir. There are different versions in Norway, which also uses other melodies. It is one of the best known folk tunes in my home country, however, it is also well-known in Sweden, Denmark and across the Faeroe Island. It's interesting that Kråkevisa is said to be related to 'Hákun Ríður Í Timburskóg', the Faeroese children's rhyme. Let me translate Kråkevisa's first verse; first the Norwegian version, then the English one: More...
Leaves' Eyes has posted a new trailer for the band's "Meredead" album, which can be viewed below. "Meredead" is set for release on April 22nd, 2011.
The band has also posted the new song "Sigrlinn" online, which can be heard through the Leaves' Eyes MySpace page. Liv Kristine also commented on the song:
"When Thorsten presented his first idea of this song, I immediately knew that it had to be sung in Norwegian. I chose 'nynorsk,' which is next to 'bokmaal,' one of two official Norwegian written standard languages in Norway. I chose the title "Sigrlinn" for one single reason: Phonetically, there is a 'sweet' and traditional sound to the name, which is perfect for my 'sung' poem. I would call it romantic poetry, written in dialogical form between the protagonists Sigrlinn and Sveinung, and the narrating choir or the narrating single voice. For Alex, it meant hard work to sing in Norwegian 'dialect' (both my sister Carmen (Midnattsol) and myself supervising him – poor Alex!).
"However, by the help of phonetic transcription he mastered this task perfectly! Even I had to get used to the thought of singing a complete lyrical piece in my mother tongue. I would say that it makes the song even more personal. It felt very important and comfortable to have my sister singing with me (Thank you, my dear Carmen!)! Thematically, my poem presents the married couple Sigrlinn and Sveinung, living by the fjord. Sveinung leaves his wife for the sake of bringing home more goods, which might be heroic, however, there is no happy end to his journey. Bad weather, the harsh mountainous landscape, Froeya and the three-headed troll play the decisive role to his fate."
Leaves' Eyes has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming release of the "Meredead" album and the tour dates in support of the release. You can check out the trailer below. "Meredead" is set for release on April 22nd, 2011.
Guitarist Thorsten Bauer of Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following statement about the band's new album "Meredead:"
"I would like to take the chance to talk about two of the most epic, elaborate and distinct songs on our new album 'Meredead.' They were also among the most time intensive ones to write and record, since both have very long and unique song structures. They also feature many different natural sound sources like marching snares, choirs, orchestra, uilleann pipes, Irish whistles and mandolins. Recording such songs is always a big challenge and excitement at the same time. And I hope that you will hear the passion, hard work and dedication that we put into these songs.
"Spirits' Masquerade: The doomy start of that song with its' dynamic choirs and marching snare drums would just be the perfect soundtrack to march into war. At the same time the song comes along in an unusual time signature with heavy and almost 'proggy' staccato guitars, like on Njords 'Ragnarok.' The Uilleann pipes and the mandoline both set a short moment of hope, before the band jumps into the very heavy verse and chorus to bring back an atmosphere of doom. I like very much how Livs voice is supporting the dynamics and dramatic of the song and also the way she is singing along with the choir, pretty unique. Just when you think the end of the song and total doom has come, a whole new world opens. Irish whistles, Livs voice and later the choir put you somewhere on the green island of Ireland. The dynamic range of the song is really mind blowing and I get goosebumps in that song part every time I hear it, before the song is building up again towards a massive and epic final. Yes, I always liked the endings of old Manowar songs like 'Battle hymns' and 'Black Wind, Fire and Steel.' Epic Metal! More...
On the 19th of April 2011 the new May edition of Sonic Seducer magazine will be out including a special musical highlight: the exclusive 5 track "Melusine" EP from Leaves' Eyes.
The "Melusine" EP contains exclusive tracks and versions of songs which have not been released in this form previously. The title track was recorded only for this EP and this edition of Sonic Seducer magazine. The cover artwork for the EP can be viewed after the jump, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Melusine (Exclusive Non-Album Song)
2. To France (Sonic Mix)
3. Tell-Tale Eyes (Alternate Version)
4. The Battle Of Maldon (Remastered Version)
5. Legend Land (Acoustic Version) More...
Italian act My Black Light has announced it will be supporting Midnattsol and Leaves' Eyes in Italy on April 30th. The upcoming My Black Light shows are as follows:
Apr 2 MARATONA ROCK SANTHIA', VC, ITALY
Apr 15 INFERNOCAFE' VIA CALVO 3B Turin, Italy
Apr 30 Rock n roll Arena Romagnano Sesia - Novara, ITALY
May 15 UNDERGROUND - RADIO AZZURRA NOVARA, ITALY
You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the My Black Light MySpace profile.
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Heilig's Blechle Open Air festival:
"The South Rocks! This is the motto of the Heilig's Blechle Open Air which will start its' first round. The event provides a mixture of metal, rock and gothic music. The location, an airfield near Stuttgart, offers an easy access and camping on the site.
"On Friday there will be a warm-up show in Renningen with acts like Watch Me Bleed. On Saturday there will be: Morphosys (Death Metal), Necroid (Death Metal), St'. Zion (Alternative/ Metal), Breschdleng (Hardcore), Loaders (Metal), Leaves Eyes (Symphonic Gothic Metal), Undertow (Dark /Metal /Thrash) and Atrocity (Death / Gothic Metal) as the headliner."
Leaves' Eyes has posted a trailer online for the band's upcoming "To France" music video, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"The first trailer from the video shoot of 'To France' is online! Leaves' Eyes shot their new video clip 'To France' in Gothenburg/Sweden together with Patric Ullaeus and Revolver film company. In the trailer you can watch some behind the scenes footage."
You can also check out the band's recent statement to the people in Japan at this location.
Leaves' Eyes has posted the following message online to the people of Japan in regards to the recent disasters:
"Message to Japan: Our hearts and thoughts belong to Japan and the people who are suffering at the moment!
"To the politicians: Why something like this has to happen until you realize you should not play with fire if you can't control it - Stop the nuclear madness! Now! The Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity family."
Leaves' Eyes also recently announced two upcoming U.K. shows with Visions of Atlantis. Information on the tour dates is available here.
Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following announcement about two upcoming U.K. shows with Visions of Atlantis:
"Dear Leaves' Eyes fans, we are coming back to the UK! Check the dates:
20.10.2011 UK Manchester Academy 3 Tickets
21.10.2011 UK London Underworld Tickets
"Support: Visions of Atlantis We are looking forward to see you at the shows and play new songs from the upcoming album 'Meredead,' too!"
The band also recently announced it will be shooting a new music video for a song off the new album. "Meredead" is set for release on April 22nd, 2011.
After announcing the band will be playing the upcoming Hell Over Vellach festival, Visions of Atlantis has now checked in with the following update about new live shows with Leaves' Eyes:
"Hey out there! 2 more dates where just added to the tour calendar of Visions of Atlantis for 2011. Visions of Atlantis and label mates of Leaves' Eyes will hit the stages on the following dates together:
20th of October 2011 MANCHESTER (UK) - ACADEMY 3
21st of October 2011 LONDON (UK) - UNDERWORLD
"Check the venue's pages for further information and tickets and prices or check our Facebook page for more news on these shows! Stay tuned, yours VoA Family."
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about shooting a new music video:
"Greetings from cold Göteborg Sweden! At this moment we are shooting the new video for our version of the Mike Oldfield classic 'To France' with director Patric Ullaeus from Revolver Film. Patric also was responsible for the video of 'My Destiny.' The location, an impressive old castle is absolutely stunning and we're looking forward to seeing the end result!"
The band will also be releasing the new album "Meredead" on April 22nd, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. Spirits’ Masquerade
3. Velvet Heart
5. To France
8. Mine Tåror er ei Grimme
9. Empty Horizon
12. Tell-Tale Eyes
13. Sorhleod (Bonus Track)