|Birth name||Liv Kristine Espenæs|
|Also known as||Liv Kristine|
|Born||14 February 1976|
|Genres||Gothic metal, symphonic metal, folk metal, Viking metal, Industrial metal|
|Associated acts||Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves' Eyes, Cradle of Filth, Delain|
Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull (born 14 February 1976 in Stavanger, Norway), better known as Liv Kristine, is the former vocalist for the band Theatre of Tragedy and current vocalist for the band Leaves' Eyes.
Musical from an early age, Liv Kristine joined Theatre of Tragedy as a backup singer, but was soon sharing singing duties with Raymond István Rohonyi. She was fired from Theatre of Tragedy, which she learned about through the band's website. Already living in Germany since 1996, she formed a new band, Leaves' Eyes, in 2003 with the five musicians from Atrocity, which includes her husband, singer Alexander Krull. She has also released four solo albums, the most recent of which was released in September 2012 through Napalm Records. In 2005, Liv Kristine was nominated for a Grammy award. Kristine possesses a soprano vocal range.
Contributions to music
Kristine helped to pioneer the beauty and the beast vocals approach, later used by many other successful bands such as Tristania, After Forever, and Epica. The term "beauty and the beast" refers to an aesthetic contrasting "angelic" female vocals with male growls or aggressive singing. Paradise Lost and The Gathering had already made use of this technique on some songs from their earlier albums but it was the Norwegian Theatre of Tragedy, Kristine's former band, that first released an entire album devoted to this approach with their self-titled debut in 1995.
A simultaneous duet between soprano and death vocals can be heard in this 24 second sample from Theatre of Tragedy's self-titled debut album.
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A second album Velvet Darkness They Fear arrived in the following year. Theatre of Tragedy's third album Aégis in 1998 saw the band "venturing into fresh musical territory". The piano was replaced by electronic keyboards while Raymond Rohonyi opted to discard his death growls in favor of a "soft, spoken, sometimes whispering voice". The music was more clean and soft, "stripped of guitar harshness" but with a "near flawless execution" that "prompted many European critics to award Aégis perfect review scores".
For over a decade, this beauty and the beast aesthetic has flourished with many representatives across the European continent. Cradle of Filth has also been known to make use of this approach through guest female vocalists such as Liv Kristine and Sarah Jezebel Deva. A few critics have since lamented that the approach has been "done to death by countless bands" to the point that it has become something of a cliché in the genre.
Theatre of Tragedy
Guest vocal appearances
Liv has done guest vocal appearances for Atrocity, Cradle of Filth, Das Ich, Genius, Heavenwood, Hortus Animae, Immortal Rites, Umbra et Imago and WeltenBrand as well as the debut album Lucidity by Delain.
Theatre of Tragedy
- "Liv Kristine – Official Website". Livkristine.de. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
- Reesman, Bryan. "Atrocity: Twenty Years of Passion, Progression and Perseverance," Metal Maniacs, December 2006, p. 113
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- Interview with Liv Kristine about 'Njord'- Metalexperience webzine, december 2009. Metal-experience.com (2009-12-16). Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
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- Interview at. Musictap.net. Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
- Nordlys – CD von Midnattsol. Emp.de (2007-12-27). Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
- Leaves´Eyes. Fourteeng.net. Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
- Reesman, Bryan (November 1, 2007). "They Will Rise: Metal's female ranks on the move". GRAMMY.com. Archived from the original on May 29, 2007 (incorrect value). Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Theatre of Tragedy". MusicMight. Retrieved 2013 Sep 25.
- Eldefors, Vincent. "Aégis review". Tartareandesire.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
- Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Cradle of Filth". MusicMight. Retrieved 2008-04-25.
- Begrand, Adrien. "Blood and Thunder: The Great Beast Resurrected". PopMatters. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
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