Girl sings in band.
Girl marries boy in different band.
Girl and boy's band form new band.
Girl quits old band.
Perhaps not the most traditional of heavy metal biographies,
but that's the story behind Leaves' Eyes.
Liv Kristine Espenæs achieved fame and fortune singing for
Theatre Of Tragedy,
as that band transitioned from the prototypical gothic metal band
in the early days to a more techno-pop-metal stance on their
last couple of releases.
She married Alexander Krull, founder and vocalist for
and shortly thereafter came the announcement that Liv would
front a new project, essentially with Atrocity as the backing band,
and thus Leaves' Eyes was born.
At around the same time Liv decided to leave Theatre Of Tragedy,
citing personal (and perhaps musical) differences.
Espenæs and the Atrocity members are no strangers, as she had
guested on Atrocity albums frequently in the past.
For the rest of the band, this is somewhat of a
departure from their norm,
as the music here is
in the melodic gothic camp, with Liv of course the star of the show
(Krull does sing here as well,
the duo pulling off the beauty-and-the-beast
vocal performance quite well, though his is more of a
secondary vocal role).
Liv has already proven she knows gothic metal, and with
her new band here she seems poised to reach new heights of
And now the story takes another turn, as Liv Kristine left
the band in April 2016, to focus on other projects (not
coincidentally, she and Krull have broken up as well).
The relatively unknown Elina Siirala is now the new singer.