Liv Kristine - vocals
Alexander Krull - vocals
Thorsten Bauer - guitars, bass
Sander van der Meer - guitars
Roland Navratil - drums
Country of Origin: Norway/Germany
Into Your Light (MCD, 2004)
1. Tonight it is a true honor to be speaking with the lovely and wildly
Liv: The pleasure is truly mine!
The big news with Leaves Eyes right now is the release of
the brand new
studio album "Meredead", please tell our readers what to expect from the new
album, as I understand it takes the band in a new direction.
Liv: Meredead has the sound of Leaves' Eyes, yes, however, it is more
daring, rough, taking new turns. After the era of " " and
"Njord" we thought "ok, our next album is NOT going to take part in the
competition of who's got the biggest classical orchestra in melodic gothic
metal". So we let in new influences to our music. I prefer not to force
Leaves' Eyes into a specific musical genre. I would rather say that
Leaves' Eyes' music combines elements of gothic metal, classical music,
folk music, with history and mythology. We constantly develop; we always
w ant to become better musicians and technicians and bring in inspiration
from all kinds of sources when we compose and produce. This band will
never stand still. Art is always the product of mental evolution,
evaluation and development.
2. Along with a stunning new sound, I understand there are several
guest musicians, as well as some unique musical instruments for listeners to
discover. Please tell us about the guests and instruments.
Liv: The choir "al Dente", wich also sang on "Njord", it's actually from
our local area, from the next village. Concerning the classical playing,
we met Victor Smolski some years ago at a festival with Leaves' Eyes and
Rage in Greece. It's an honour to work with him and the Lingua Mortis
Orchestra from Minsk. Victor is a genius, moreover, he understands the
musical goals of Leaves' Eyes.
I had wanted to sing a duet in
with my sister, Carmen, since our debut "Lovelorn"! It feels so
good having her next to me. I think our voices complete each other
perfectly. Some days ago, we had two visitors at our studio, Maite Itoiz
and John Kelly from the band Elfenthal. I love their music, both of them
are outstanding musicians and composers. There is a deep friendship
between Elfenthal and Leaves' Eyes. It is my deepest wish to sing with
Maite on the next Elfenthal album. Her voice is such an inspiration to me,
and it was such an honour and pleasure for me to sing with both Maite and
John on our album "Meredead". Anette is a long-time friend of mine,
moreover, she studied music and singing. She had some brilliant ideas for
the folk songs, and she has a unique voice. Maite also plays the baroque
For the production of "Meredead" it was highly
important to us
that each song had its own "face", individuality and perfect, crystal
clear sound to strengthen the emotional effect. We just let the music
inspire us to add new and interesting "spices" to our music, like pipes,
nyckelharpa (Swedish folk instrument), the fiddle, cello, classical
orchestra or the flute. That's what makes the album that diverse and
exciting as you discover a different story, different instrumental
combination, different ways of singing even in various languages in each
3. How long was the writing process for the record, and
did you have
this new approach in mind when writing for this album?
Liv: After the release of "Njord" and inbetween all the tourning,
Alexander (husband and producer), Thorsten (guitars) and myself have been
really busy at Mastersound Studio. We needed 1,5 years to compose, record
and produce "Meredead", which was also our goal!
Eyes have been going strong since the 2004 release
"Lovelorn" did you expect the great reaction Leaves Eyes has received and how does it
feel to have such a great line up of records in your catalog?
Liv: The critics have been absolutely amazing so far. The live appearances
we just did for the release of "Meredead" were very energetic with a
fantastic audience! It feels like something wonderful is happening.If I am
able to touch the hearts of my fans and friends with our art, I am
5. Writing music and being able to perform it for others is a
amazing opportunity. How does it feel to you personally to see such favorable
reviews of your hard work, and to see the fans at shows?
Liv: It means everything for me being an artist. Music business is cold and does
not care about your feelings. I have made my experience, been in
front of court fighting for my rights to SAY my opinions and be a free
artist. I've really felt the knife, but my fans and friends and family
kept me strong. When I am standing next to my sister Carmen/Midnattsol on
stage, when I meet my lovely friends Maite and John/Elfenthal or Tarja, or
have my band gathered around my big round table for an Indian meal after a
successful tour.or look into my fans eyes.those are the magic moments that
make me believe strongly that there is a reason why I always wanted to
become a singer, and why I am still here dealing with the music business
after 17 years.
6. Not only have you worked within the lines of Leaves Eyes, but you
already had a strong following from your time in , and of course
you have solo records as well. You have also appeared as a guest vocalist on
other bands tracks such as Cradle of Filth's " ". Is it hard to
balance all this great music with your personal life and family?
Liv: I always dreamt of having my own family, moreover, becoming a singer.
Both dreams have come true! I consider myself to be very lucky. I have a
very strict plan: When I work I work very, very hard non stop! When it is
family time, I am ONLY there for my family. In between I do a lot of
sports, especially running, yoga and fitness. Sometimes, on stage, I keep
singing my lyrics at the same time as I am thinking about my dear ones at
7. One thing that has always been one of my favorite
Leaves Eyes music is it's ability to transport you to another world. I know that
Norway and the lore of that beautiful country has always been important to you.
So please explain to our readers a bit about what makes your home country so
influential in your music.
Liv: I just let the music itself inspire me. If I chose a theme from
Nordic mythology, I would include Norwegian lyrics. It was very intimate
to sing in my mother tongue Norwegian, it makes the lyrics even more
emotional and personal. Singing in Old-English meant digging my nose in my
Old-English grammar books once again, however, I am very interested in
historical languages, which I also studied. I think that Old-English has a
very special "sound" phonetically.
You'll find Froeya, three-headed
trolls, vampires, ghosts, witches, Vikings travelling on sea, Viking
ladies mourning.and of course many images from the Norwegian harsh weather
and wild nature landscapes. I guess there is some homesickness towards
Norway in my lyrics.actually, it's more than obvious that I miss my
8. Even with the expanding sound of the new album, is
you have yet to incorporate into the music of Leaves Eyes that you would like to
try on future releases?
Liv: We will have a look on other traditional instruments for sure!
If possible I would like to learn how to play the acoustic guitar. Tosso,
my outstanding string player, will give me lessons. did it, so I
can learn it too!
9. Getting back to the latest Leaves Eyes news, with the launch of
the new album. When can we expect to see the band on tour?
Liv: I just arrived from our European tour, and I am now looking forward
to further shows and tours. In April we toured with my sister Carmen's
band Midnattsol, and then in May we joined Tarja. Wow! Both tours were
full of magic moments when "the ladies" get together! Check out our
homepage for news concerning shows in your near surroundings! A
North-American, a South-American and an Asian tour are being planned right
10. In closing I would like to wish you, your family and
members of Leaves Eyes all the best. Please leave our readers with any final thoughts
Liv: I have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there
for me all these years! I hope you enjoy "Meredead"!
All the best for you and your family!