Leaves' Eyes

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Leaves' Eyes
Leaves Eyes at Henkersfest Stuttgart July 2007.jpg
Leaves' Eyes at Henkersfest Stuttgart, Germany in 2007
Background information
Origin Ludwigsburg, Germany
Stavanger, Norway
Genres Symphonic metal, gothic metal, viking metal[1]
Years active 2003–present
Labels Napalm Records
Associated acts Theatre of Tragedy, Midnattsol, Atrocity, Cradle of Filth
Website www.leaveseyes.com
Members Liv Kristine
Alexander Krull
Thorsten Bauer
Sander van der Meer
J.B. van der Wal
Felix Born
Past members Mathias Röderer
Chris Lukhaup
Martin Schmidt
Nicholas Barker
Moritz Neuner
Alla Fedynitch
Seven Antonopoulos
Roland Navratil

Leaves' Eyes is a German-Norwegian symphonic metal band from Stavanger, Norway and Ludwigsburg, Germany.[2] They were formed in 2003 by Liv Kristine, the former lead singer of Theatre of Tragedy and the entire line-up of Atrocity. To date, the band has released five studio albums, a single, six EPs, one live album and a DVD.

Most of Leaves' Eyes lyrics, written by Liv Kristine, concern Norse mythology and the Viking Age. The melodic singing vocals of Liv Kristine are occasionally backed up by death growled vocals from Krull, identified under the vocal style Kristine refers to as "beauty and the beast".

History[edit]

Lovelorn[edit]

Leaves' Eyes have often featured naturalistic themes in their music since the release of their 2004 debut album, Lovelorn. Many of the lyrics to this album were inspired not only by nature, but also by sagas and legends drawn from Norse mythology. The band was received well at Wave Gotik Treffen 2004, the band’s stage premiere.

Every band member had previous professional experience in other musical endeavors for years before joining Leaves’ Eyes, thus essentially making it a supergroup. Frontwoman Liv Kristine sang in the band Theatre of Tragedy in the mid 1990s. This Norwegian band was one of the first to feature a female voice in the metal scene, and their club hit Tanz der Schatten became synonymous with the direction and expression of a whole musical genre.[3] In addition, Liv Kristine was present in the pop music scene and sang the songs to TV hits such as Tatort and Schimanski. The supporting members of the band hail from the death metal band Atrocity.

Vinland Saga[edit]

One year after Lovelorn, Leaves’ Eyes released the follow-up album Vinland Saga in 2005, inspired by Viking Leif Eriksson. The album's first single, Elegy, charted in Germany for four consecutive weeks. Television station ProSieben used Elegy as the official song for the TV series NUMB3RS.

In addition to their studio endeavors, Leaves’ Eyes also tours extensively. In the course of four years, the band traveled through four continents and 34 countries and played 222 concerts. The Live DVD We Came with the Northern Winds - En Saga I Belgia entered the German DVD charts at number 11 in 2009. This exclusive package documented the history of the band and features the concert at the Metal Female Voices Festival in 2007. This headline show was performed with complex props, including a Viking longship on stage.

Njord[edit]

Njord was released in 2009, continuing the band's success in the charts. The album’s first single My Destiny soon became the successor to the anthem Elegy. Njord critically acclaimed [4][5][6] as "an epic masterpiece". The album was done in a much more modern style than those previous, and featured symphonic metal tracks of increasing complexity with the help of the Lingua Mortis Orchestra directed by Victor Smolski. Many of the lyrics were inspired by the English traditional "Scarborough Fair". The band’s live performances were as equally successful throughout Europe and North America as their studio work. For the Special Fan Edition of Njord, Leaves' Eyes recorded the At Heaven's End EP in 2010.

Meredead[edit]

One year later, Leaves’ Eyes released their fourth studio album, Meredead. Produced by Alexander Krull, the artists combined folk elements from previous albums to inspire the mood of Meredead. The opening track, "Spirits’ Masquerade", uses folk instrumentation to refine the album’s varied sound. The tracks Étaín and Sigrlinn lyrically recount the mysticism of past cultures and are supported by uileann pipes. The album also features more traditional-sounding songs, such as Nystev and Kråkevisa. The latter makes use of the Scandinavian nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle. Also present on the album is a cover of To France, an interpretation of the tragedy and emotion of Mike Oldfield’s classic track. Maite Itoiz and John Kelly (Elfenthal), Carmen Elise Espenæs (Midnattsol), the Norwegian Anette Guldbrandsen, and Victor Smolski’s Lingua Mortis Orchestra once again provide supporting vocals and instrumentation.

The EP Melusine in 2011 was a special release in co-operation with German Sonic Seducer Magazine.

Symphonies of the Night[edit]

It was recently announced through an interview with Valkryian Music, that Leaves Eyes had began writing new material for their fifth studio album which they hoped to release spring 2013.[7] On January 7, 2013 the band announced on their official facebook page that the title of their fifth studio album will be Symphonies of the Night.

On March 23, 2013 Leaves' Eyes announced on their official facebook page that vocal recording had begun, with the statement:[8]

At the moment Liv Kristine is tracking vocals for the up-coming Leaves' Eyes album: "The recording sessions at Mastersound studios are so much fun, as well as being highly intense. Today I recorded an amazing and classically influenced new song. We are all very excited about the songs for the new album."

On May 9, 2013 the band announced that the vocal recordings were finished and that Alexander Krull had begun the mix of the album:

Good news from Mastersound Studio: The vocal recordings for all songs of our up-coming release "Symphonies of the Night" have just been completed. Moreover, Alex is already busy with the mix of the album. We have taken a great inspirational step since the production of "Meredead", both sound-wise and vocal-wise. It has been such a pleasure evolving in my singing techniques and knowledge and I thank my band members for "giving me an inspirational kick" when I needed to gain momentum behind the microphone. "Symphonies of the Night" is hauntingly dream-like and heavy to the core!

"

The band premiered the first new song off of the album, titled "Hell to the Heavens", at Summer Breeze Festival.[9]

Artwork for the new album was released on August 26, 2013. A few days later the band released a video saying that they would be performing in Metal Female Voices Fest 2013. A teaser of the studio version of Hell to the Heavens was also in the video.

Band members[edit]

Liv Kristine & Alexander Krull
Current members
  • Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull – lead vocals (2003–present)
  • Alexander Krull – keyboards, vocals (2003–present)
  • Thorsten Bauer – guitar (2003–present)
  • Sander van der Meer – guitar (2010–present)
  • Joris Nijenhuis – drums (2013–present)
Live members
  • Niels Löffler – bass guitar (2011–present)
  • Oliver Holzwarth – bass guitar (2009)
Past members
  • Mathias Röderer – guitar (2003–2010)
  • Chris Lukhaup – bass (2003–2007)
  • Martin Schmidt – drums (2003–2004)
  • Nicholas Barker – drums (2004–2008)
  • Moritz Neuner – drums (2005–2007)
  • Alla Fedynitch – bass (2007–2010)
  • Seven Antonopoulos – drums (2008–2010)
  • Roland Navratil – drums (2010-2012)
  • J.B. Van der Wal – bass (2010–2013)
  • Felix Born – drums (2012–2013)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
GER
[10]
SWI
[11]
BEL (FL)
[12]
BEL (WA)
[13]
US
Heat
[14]
Lovelorn
  • Released: May 26, 2004
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[15]
Vinland Saga
  • Released: May 30, 2005
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[16]
62
Njord
  • Released: August 26, 2009
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[17]
30 88 58 82
Meredead
  • Released: April 22, 2011
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download[19]
32 97 37
Symphonies of the Night
  • Released: November 15, 2013
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[21]
49 172 124 18
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[10]
We Came with the Northern
Winds: En Saga i Belgia
  • Released: February 27, 2009
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, DVD
75
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[10]
FRA
[22]
Into Your Light
  • Released: August 3, 2004
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[23]
Elegy
  • Released: May 2, 2005
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[24]
76
Legend Land
  • Released: June 9, 2006
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD
75
My Destiny
  • Released: July 24, 2009
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[25]
54
Melusine
  • Released: April 19, 2011
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[26]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album
2004 "Into Your Light"
Lovelorn
2005 "Elegy"
Vinland Saga
2006 "Legend Land"
Legend Land
2009 "My Destiny" Patric Ullaeus[27] Njord
2010 "Take The Devil In Me"
2011 "To France" Patric Ullaeus[28] Meredead
2013 "Hell To The Heavens"[29]
Symphonies Of The Night

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Njord". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Napalm Records website
  3. ^ "Biography « Leaves' Eyes – Official Website". Leaveseyes.de. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Review: Leaves' Eyes - Njord". Sputnikmusic. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Review: "Leaves' Eyes: Njord" - Sea of Tranquility - The Web Destination for Progressive Music!". Sea of Tranquility. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  6. ^ Review by Phil Freeman (2009-09-29). "Njord - Leaves' Eyes | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Liv Kristine [Leaves' Eyes". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  8. ^ "Leaves' Eyes Official". Facebook. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Leaves' Eyes - Hell To The Heavens (Live @ Summer Breeze 2013)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  10. ^ a b c http://www.officialcharts.de/suche.asp?search=Leaves%27+Eyes&x=2&y=10&country=de
  11. ^ http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=Leaves%27+Eyes&cat=a
  12. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/search.asp?search=Leaves%27%20Eyes&cat=a
  13. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/search.asp?search=Leaves%27%20Eyes&cat=a
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/leaves-eyes-mn0000626728/awards
  15. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lovelorn/id390305963
  16. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vinland-saga/id390355042
  17. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/njord/id390305234
  18. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/blind-guardian-bassist-performs-with-leaves-eyes-at-metal-female-voices-fest-video-available/
  19. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/meredead/id432781056
  20. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-511-the-charts-arent-hurting-too-badly
  21. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/symphonies-of-the-night/id724082138
  22. ^ http://lescharts.com/search.asp?search=LEAVES%27+EYES&cat=s
  23. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/into-your-light-ep/id390303586
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elegy-ep/id390309172
  25. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-destiny-ep/id390303074
  26. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/melusine-ep/id486296210
  27. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/leaves-eyes-my-destiny-video-released/
  28. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/leaves-eyes-to-france-video-released/
  29. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/leaves-eyes-hell-to-the-heavens-video-released/
  30. ^ [1][dead link]

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