Liv Kristine

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Liv Kristine Espenæs
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Background information
Birth nameLiv Kristine Espenæs
Also known asLiv Kristine
Born (1976-02-14) 14 February 1976 (age 43)
Stavanger, Norway
Origin Stavanger, Norway
Genres Symphonic metal, Gothic metal, Folk metal, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1993–present
Labels Napalm Records
Associated acts
Website livkristine.com

Liv Kristine Espenæs (born 14 February 1976), better known as Liv Kristine, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who has performed and composed songs mostly for various subgenres of heavy metal music. She started her career in the music industry as a vocalist for the gothic metal band Theatre of Tragedy, and is the former lead vocalist for the symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes. She is known for her work in close association with her then-husband and leader of the German band Atrocity, Alexander Krull. Currently she is a singer of a German band Midnattsol alongside her younger sister Carmen Elise Espenæs.

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Gothic metal is a fusion genre combining the heaviness of heavy metal with the dark atmospheres of gothic rock. The music of gothic metal is diverse with bands known to adopt the gothic approach to different styles of heavy metal music. The genre originated during the early 1990s in the United Kingdom originally as an outgrowth of death-doom, a fusion of death metal and doom metal. Lyrics are generally dark and introspective with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.

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Career

Liv Kristine was born in Stavanger, and joined the Norwegian gothic metal band Theatre of Tragedy in 1994 as a backup singer, but was soon sharing lead vocals duties with Raymond István Rohonyi. [1] She was fired from Theatre of Tragedy in 2003, a fact she learned about through the band's website. [2] She had been living in Germany since 1996 and collaborating with the death metal band Atrocity, whose singer Alexander Krull she married on 3 July 2003. [3] With the five musicians from Atrocity she formed a new band, Leaves' Eyes, in August 2003. [4] She has also released five solo albums, the most recent of which was released in October 2014 through Napalm Records.

Stavanger Municipality in Norway

Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway. It is the third largest city and metropolitan area in Norway and the administrative centre of Rogaland county. The municipality is the fourth most populous in Norway. Located on the Stavanger Peninsula in Southwest Norway, Stavanger counts its official founding year as 1125, the year the Stavanger Cathedral was completed. Stavanger's core is to a large degree 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses that are protected and considered part of the city's cultural heritage. This has caused the town centre and inner city to retain a small-town character with an unusually high ratio of detached houses, and has contributed significantly to spreading the city's population growth to outlying parts of Greater Stavanger.

Theatre of Tragedy Norwegian band

Theatre of Tragedy was a Norwegian band from Stavanger, active between 1993 and 2010. They are best known for their earlier albums, which influenced the gothic metal genre.

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.

Kristine has a soprano vocal range. [5]

In 2005, Liv Kristine was nominated for a Grammy award with Cradle of Filth for the song "Nymphetamine". [6]

Cradle of Filth English metal band

Cradle of Filth are an English extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk, England in 1991. The band's musical style evolved originally from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic metal and other metal genres. Their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by Gothic literature, poetry, mythology and horror films. The band has gone through many lineup changes, with vocalist Dani Filth being the only constant member.

In 2016, Liv joined Eluveitie as a session vocalist for a couple of their live shows after the departure of their singer Anna Murphy.

Eluveitie swiss folk metal band

Eluveitie is a Swiss folk metal band from Winterthur, Zurich, founded in 2002 by Chrigel Glanzmann. The project's first EP, Vên, was released in 2003. Vên was a studio project of Glanzmann's, but its success led to the recruitment of a full band. The band then released a full-length album, Spirit, in June 2006. In November 2007, Eluveitie was signed by Nuclear Blast. The group rose to fame following the release of their first major-label album, Slania, in February 2008. The album peaked at number 35 in the Swiss charts and number 72 in the German charts.

Anna Murphy could refer to:

On 16 April 2016, Leaves' Eyes stated that Liv Kristine, who formed and had the idea of the band project, was no longer the singer of the band. [7]

Leaves Eyes band

Leaves' Eyes is a German symphonic metal band from Germany and Norway. 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 seven studio albums, a single, six EPs, one live album and a DVD.

In December 2017 it was announced that Liv joins her sister Carmen's band Midnattsol. She was originally announced to be a guest on their new album but after some discussions, the band picked her up as a permanent member.

Midnattsol are a gothic/folk metal band from Germany. The band was founded in 2002 by Norwegian vocalist Carmen Elise Espenæs and German guitarist Christian Hector. Midnattsol means 'midnight sun' in Norwegian.

Personal life

On 3 July 2003, Liv Kristine married Atrocity vocalist Alexander Krull. [3] They have a son, Leon Alexander. [3] Liv Kristine and her husband split-up in early January 2016. [8]

Her younger sister, Carmen Elise Espenæs, is the vocalist of the German symphonic/folk metal band Midnattsol [9] and of the Norwegian gothic/folk metal band Savn. [10]

Contributions to music

Liv Kristine at a live show in Israel, 2016 Liv Kristine, 2016-2.JPG
Liv Kristine at a live show in Israel, 2016

Kristine helped to pioneer the beauty and the beast vocals approach, later used by many other successful bands such as Tristania, After Forever, Epica and Within Temptation in their beginnings. The term "beauty and the beast" refers to an aesthetic contrasting "angelic" female vocals with male growls or aggressive singing. [11] 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 second album Velvet Darkness They Fear arrived in the following year. [12] Theatre of Tragedy's third album Aégis in 1998 saw the band "venturing into fresh musical territory". [12] 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". [13] The music was more clean and soft, [13] "stripped of guitar harshness" but with a "near flawless execution" that "prompted many European critics to award Aégis perfect review scores". [12]

For over a decade, this beauty and the beast aesthetic has flourished with many representatives across the European continent. [11] 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. [14]

Discography

Liv Kristine and Alexander Krull Leaves Eyes Liv Kristine and Alexander Krull at Henkersfest Stuttgart July 2007.jpg
Liv Kristine and Alexander Krull

Studio albums

TitleAlbum details
Deus Ex Machina
Enter My Religion
  • Released: 13 February 2006
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Formats: CD, digital download [16]
Skintight
  • Released: 27 August 2010
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, digital download [17]
Libertine
  • Released: 7 September 2012
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, digital download [18]
Vervain
  • Released: 24 October 2014
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
GER
[19]
"3am"1998Deus Ex Machina
"Take Good Care"
"3am" – "Fanedition"1999
"One Love"non-album single
"Fake a Smile"200694Enter My Religion
"Over the Moon"
"Trapped in Your Labyrinth"
"Skintight" [20] 2010Skintight
"Paris Paris"2012Libertine
"Love Decay (feat. Michelle Darkness)"2014Vervain
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs

TitleAlbum details
Fake a Smile
  • Released: 27 January 2006
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download [21]

Music videos

TitleYearDirectedAlbum
"Fake a Smile"2006
Enter My Religion
"Skintight"2010 Patric Ullaeus Skintight
"Paris Paris"2012Libertine
"Love Decay"2014
Vervain

Other appearances

AlbumNotesYearRef.
Theatre of Tragedy Theatre of Tragedy band member1995 [22]
Theatre of Tragedy – Velvet Darkness They Fear band member1996 [23]
Atrocity Werk 80 additional vocals
(appears also in "Shout" music video)
1997 [24]
Theatre of Tragedy – A Rose for the Dead band member1997 [25]
Theatre of Tragedy – Aégis band member1998 [26]
Heavenwood – Swallowvocals on "Downcast"1998 [24]
Atrocity & Silke Bischoff – "Blue Moon"additional vocals (non-album single)1998 [24]
AtrocityNon Plus Ultra 1989–1999additional vocals1999 [27]
WeltenBrandDer Untergang von Trisonavocals on "The Devil Gets the Profiteer"1999 [24]
Das IchRe-Laboratvocals on "Des Satans neue Kleider" (Atrocity Remix)2000 [24]
AtrocityGeminiadditional vocals2000 [24]
Theatre of Tragedy – Musique band member2000 [28]
AtrocityThank You – A Tribute to The Sisters of Mercy vocals on "More"2000 [24]
Theatre of Tragedy – Inperspectiveband member2001 [24]
Theatre of Tragedy – Closure: Live band member2001 [29]
Theatre of Tragedy – Assembly band member2002 [30]
Genius – A Rock Opera Part IIvocals on "To Be Free"2004 [31]
Immortal Rites – Art of Devolutionvocals on "Mirror Reflections"2004 [24]
Hortus AnimaeThe Lotus Eaters – Dead Can Dance Tributevocals on "Summoning of the Muse"2004 [32]
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine vocals on "Nymphetamine"
(appears also in music video for the song)
2004 [33]
AtrocityAtlantisadditional vocals2004 [24]
Umbra et ImagoMotus Animi"Ein letztes Mal" (Leaves' Eyes Remix)2005 [34]
Delain Lucidity vocals on "See Me in Shadow" and "Day for Ghosts"2006 [35]
Atrocity Werk 80 II additional vocals
(appears also in "Fade to Grey" and
"The Sun Always Shines on TV" music videos)
2008 [36]
Doro Pesch Fear No Evil backing vocals on "Celebrate"2009 [37]
Legio Mortis – The Human Creation and The Devil's Contributionvocals on "Life Denied"2011 [38]
Bob Katsionis Rest in Keys vocals on "Rendez-Vous in the Sky"2012 [39]
Týr Valkyrja vocals on "The Lay of Our Love"
(appears also in music video for the song)
2013 [40]
Romanthica Eterno vocals on "Despierta"2013 [41]
Primal Fear Delivering the Black backing vocals on "Born with a Broken Heart"2014 [42]
Savn – Savnvocals on "I Am Free"2014 [43]
Emerald Sun – Metal Domevocals on "Call of Nature"2015 [44]
Cradle of Filth - Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay vocals on "Vengeful Spirit"2017 [45]
Orden Ogan - Gunmen vocals on "Come With Me to the Other Side"2017 [46]
Midnattsol The Aftermath band member2018 [47]
Lux In Tenebris - To A New EternityVocals on the duet « The Grand Design » with Marion-Lamita Peubey2018[48]

Related Research Articles

<i>Nymphetamine</i> 2004 studio album by Cradle of Filth

Nymphetamine is the sixth studio album by Cradle of Filth. Recorded between February and July 2004, it was released on 28 September by record label Roadrunner. Nymphetamine marks the first recorded appearance of guitarist James McIlroy on a Cradle of Filth album. He would later record guitar for the band's 2010 release Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa. Nymphetamine is also the band's final album to feature keyboardist Martin Powell.

Atrocity (band) German heavy metal band

Atrocity is a German heavy metal band from Ludwigsburg that formed in 1985.

<i>Vinland Saga</i> (album) 2005 studio album by Leaves Eyes

Vinland Saga is the second full-length album by the symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released in 2005. It is a concept album that tells the story of the voyage of the Norse explorer Leif Erikson and his discovery of Vinland. The main vocals are by the Norwegian singer Liv Kristine, but some harsh vocals performed by her husband and producer Alexander Krull can be heard on the songs "Solemn Sea", "The Thorn", and "New Found Land".

<i>Lovelorn</i> 2004 studio album by Leaves Eyes

Lovelorn is the debut studio album by the Norwegian/German symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released in 2004. Almost all vocals on the album are by Liv Kristine, but there are also some death growls by Alexander Krull.

<i>Legend Land</i> 2006 EP by Leaves Eyes

Legend Land is an EP by the symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released on June 2, 2006 as a follow-up to the album Vinland Saga. Almost all vocals are by Liv Kristine, but there are also some death growls in the tracks "Legend Land", "Viking's Word", and "The Crossing" provided by Alexander Krull.

<i>Elegy</i> (EP) 2005 EP by Leaves Eyes

Elegy is a Maxi single/EP by symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released on 2 May 2005. Almost all vocals are by the Norwegian singer Liv Kristine, with some backing "growls" by her husband Alexander Krull. The song "Elegy" is taken from the then upcoming album Vinland Saga, and a further track from that album, "Solemn Sea" is also included in demo form. The rest of the tracks are exclusive to this release, but unlike the following EP Legend Land, they do not share the Vinland theme.

Alexander Krull German singer

Alexander Krull is the lead vocalist for the German metal band Atrocity, as well as backing vocalist in the band Leaves' Eyes.

<i>Nordlys</i> (album) 2008 studio album by Midnattsol

Nordlys is the second full-length studio album by the German Gothic/folk metal band Midnattsol. It was released on 28 March 2008 through Napalm Records.

<i>Werk 80</i> 1997 studio album by Atrocity

Werk 80 is the fifth full-length album by German industrial gothic metal band Atrocity and was released in 1997. It's the band's first full-length album with cover versions of popular 1980s songs. Atrocity released a sequel, Werk 80 II, in 2008.

Valkyre is a Belgian metal band with influences of gothic metal, classical, folk music and melodic metal.

<i>My Destiny</i> (EP) 2009 EP by Leaves Eyes

My Destiny is a Maxi single/EP by the symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released on 24 July 2009. The songs "My Destiny" and "Northbound" are extracts from the then upcoming album Njord. The rest of the tracks are exclusive to this release.

<i>Njord</i> (album) 2009 studio album by Leaves Eyes

Njord is the third studio album by the German/Norwegian symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes, released on 28 August 2009 on Napalm Records. Njörðr comes from Norse mythology and is a name associated to the Vanir god of the sea and the wind.

<i>Enter My Religion</i> album by Liv Kristine

Enter My Religion is the second album by Leaves' Eyes female vocalist and lyricist Liv Kristine. It was released in 2006 on Roadrunner Records.

<i>Meredead</i> 2011 studio album by Leaves Eyes

Meredead is the fourth studio album by the German/Norwegian symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes. It was released on 22 April 2011 on Napalm Records. The Deluxe Edition of the album contains a bonus DVD with five songs from a live performance recorded at the Metal Female Voices Fest, in Wieze, Belgium, on 24 October 2010.

<i>Symphonies of the Night</i> 2013 studio album by Leaves Eyes

Symphonies of the Night is the fifth studio album by the German/Norwegian symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes. It was released on November 26, 2013, through Napalm Records. The record was produced by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio, Germany and features album artwork by Stefan Heilemann. Like previous albums, Symphonies of the Night features songs sung in different languages, including English, Shakespearean English, Norwegian, French and Irish. The album title was said to be inspired by Symphony of the Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.

King of Kings is the sixth studio album by the German symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes. It contains guest appearances of a.o. Simone Simons from the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica and Lindy-Fay Hella from the Norwegian dark folk act Wardruna. It is their last album with Liv Kristine on vocals.

<i>The Aftermath</i> (Midnattsol album) 2018 studio album by Midnattsol

The Aftermath is the fourth studio album by the German Gothic/folk metal band Midnattsol. It was released in 2018 on Napalm Records.

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