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Liv Kristine – solo album bijna afgerond

leaves eyes 1Zangers Liv Kristine is druk bezig met het afronden van haar nieuwe CD getiteld “Vervain.” Dit is het vijfde solo-album van deze Noorse zangeres.

Zelf zegt ze erover: “ The first mixes sound fantastic. Now I’m looking forward to the final touches of my up-coming solo album!”

Ondertussen speelt de frontvrouwe van Leaves’Eyes op vele festivals in Europa, recent terug uit Italië.

Op het Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgie, viert de groep zijn tienjarig bestaan met de speciale show “Hyms Of A Decade.” Fans hebben online op hun favoriete nummers kunnen stemmen en daar komt dan een selectie uit die de headliner dan zal spelen op de zaterdag. Meer informatie: http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be/

Op die zelfde dag zal tijdens MFVF een spectaculaire reunie plaats vinden van de grondleggers in de gothic metal. Liv Kristine zal het podium delen met Anneke van Griersbergen (The Gathering) en Kari Rueslåtten in een nieuw project. The Sirens zullen ook gaan touren, deze kaarten zijn inmiddels in de verkoop.

Tourdata

14.10.2014 DE Bonn, Harmonie
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/on6xcmr

15.10.2014 FR Colmar, Le Grillen

16.10.2014 UK London, Proud
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/n8y7zpx

18.10.2014 BE Wieze, Metal Female Voices Fest
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/odo7rk5

17.12.2014 NL Zoetermeer, Boerderij
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/pa88rjh

18.12.2014 DE Jena, F-Haus
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/q9jbvzw

19.12.2014 DE Nagold, Alte Seminarturnhalle
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/me4dakv

20.12.2014 FR Paris, Divan Du Monde
Tickets:http://tinyurl.com/kdw43uc

 

Metal Female Voices Fest – programma compleet met grondleggers van het genre

tekst: Frans Neelen

MFVF 2014 - twaalfde editieMet het toevoegen van The Sirens aan het programma, is het affiche voor de twaalfde editie compleet van dit succesvolle en uiterst gezellige Metal Female Voifest Fest festival.

Dit jaar gehouden op 17, 18 en 19 Oktober in De Oktoberhallen van Wieze, Belgie.  Naast grote bands, ook een special project met verschillende zangeressen aanwezig als ‘Metal Female Voices United.’ Zij zullen vrijdag een optreden verzorgen.

De liefhebbers van Female Fronted bands kunnen eigenlijk al niet meer om deze editie heen. The Sirens is een speciaal project van metal zangeressen en pioniers Liv Kristine, Anneke van Giersbergen en Kari Rueslåtten die gerust gezien kunnen worden als grondlegsters van de Gothic Metal voorzien van majestueuze, vrouwlijke vocalen.

Deze dames, die hun sporen al ruimschoots hebben verdiend in respectievelijk Leaves’ Eyes, Theatre of Tragedy, The Gathering en The 3rd And The Mortal, gaan gezamenlijk op pad voor een aantal unieke concerten in Europa.

Uiteraard mag een optreden op Metal Female Voices Fest hier niet ontbreken. Met Sabine Classen’s Holy Moses heeft het festival overigens ook al een grondlegster binnengehaald op trash, grunt gebied en die als lichtend voorbeeld diende voor bijvoorbeeld iconen als Angela Gossow en Alissa White-Gluz.

Kortom, namen en kwaliteit die gewoon op dit festival thuishoren. Het festival heeft zich met Leaves’ Eyes als headliner, die met een speciale show onder de naam Hymns Of A Decade hun tienjarig bestaan aldaar zullen vieren, al verzekerd van een visueel en muzikaal spektakelstuk.

Wie herinnerd zich niet de geweldige show uit 2007 met een compleet Vikingschip op het podium. Ook nu heeft de band al belooft weer flink uit te pakken met pyro’s, visuele effecten en gasten. Naast topacts als Therion (die de zondag editie zal afsluiten), Xandria, Diabulus In Musica en Stream of Passion wordt dit ook weer een editie die je als liefhebber niet links kunt laten liggen.

Kaartverkoop

De kaartverkoop is al van start, de gouden en vip tickets zijn inmiddels al uitverkocht. De reguliere verkoop loopt via Primara winkels in Nederland en Ticketmaster.be. Ook online verkoop via de website: http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be/onlinepresales.html
3-dagen kaart is 80,00 euro
dagkaart Zaterdag is 50,00 euro
dagkaart Zondag is 50,00 euro
Ook is het mogelijk om de kaarten internationaal te laten versturen. meer informatie op: http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be/tickets.html

Informatie

Net als voorgaande jaren is er ruimte voor een camping en is er weer een busdienst naar Wieze mogelijk. Daar is op dit moment nog beperkt informatie over te vinden. Hotel boekingen zijn ook mogelijk via links op MFVF.

Website
www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be
https://www.facebook.com/metalfemalevoicesfest

SAVN – Savn

Artist SAVN - Album 'Savn' cover artwork_CDR Records_Norwaytext: Basak Gunel
copyright: personal blog Melody Of The Soul – http://melodyofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/album-review-savn-savn/

band: SAVN
album: Savn
genre: gothic- symphonic metal
release: 28 April 2014
label: CDR Records Norway

Introduction

SAVN is a Norwegian gothic metal band. The band is formed when The Sins of Thy Beloved members Stig Johansson and Anders Thue decided to create a new band with a new vision. Therefore Savn can be considered as the ‘rising from the ashes’ of these two musicians.

The group officially became ‘active’ when the two bandmembers contacted Midnattsol vocalist Carmen Elise Espanæs as they wanted her to sing one song on the album. However, Carmen got more involved as she took part in the process and she ended up being the vocalist of all of the songs. SAVN is nothing like The Sins of Thy Beloved or Midnattsol and their latest album “Savn”  is a clear proof of a new path for those

Album Review

The self-titled album is definitely catchy and unique from the beginning. With the first song “Musical Silence” the listener will experience the mixture of gothic, symphonic and even folk elements and that is what attracted me to this album from the beginning. It is not just another gothic metal album, it is a real addiction filled with a lot of diversities and little surprises!

One of the elements, which made the album even more beautiful and smooth, is definitely the female vocals. Which can be heard in every song, sung by the vocalist Carmen Elise Espanæs. There’s something in her voice that soothes you,  the vocals are not disturbing (unlike most of the vocals of female singers nowadays) and it fits perfectly to the melodies in the background.

Furthermore, I am sure a lot of listeners will not be surprised to hear that Carmen is the sibling of Liv Kristine (Leaves’Eyes)and there are definitely similarities between the two vocalists musically. As a matter of fact, these two sisters perform on “I Am Free.”

It personally my favorite song of the album. The vocalist Carmen also comments: “I don’t remember if it was Liv that asked me about doing a song or if I asked her, but we talked about it and thought it would be a great idea. And we didn’t just take any song. There was a part in ’I Am Free’ that I felt was perfect for Liv Kristine”. A good decision, hopefully there are more collaborations of the two sister in the future.

It is no surprise then that the production is in the capable hands of Alexander Krull from The Mastersound Studio and also singer in Leaves’ Eyes and Atrocity. His trademark is a rich bombastic sound, with many layers and his style fits perfect to the compositions of SAVN.

When we are talking about a gothic – symphonic metal band, the musical arrangements in the background play an important role. “Savn” is an album that meets the expectations of every listener who wants those magical pianos and symphonic elements. The songs do not sound half-tone.

As a matter of fact, after listening to the songs over and over, I fell in love with the melodies in the background more. A perfect example of the symphonic arrangements can be heard in “Longing For Love.” It’s been a while since I listened to a symphonic song like that, surely breathtaking.

Another highlight of the album is definitely the last song “Lengselens Hånd” which is the only song in the album in the band’s original languge, Norwegian. As a fan of the Scandinavian folk music, this song was a huge surprise for me in the end. It’s hard not to get mesmerized in the whole magic of the song. Apart from the rock – metal vibe which forms the essence of the album, the song stood out among all of them. It reflects the magic of the band and shows just how unique SAVN is.

Conclusion

Generally, SAVN will fulfill the expectations of every symphonic- and gothic metal fans out there. This is not just another female-fronted metal band (to mention a similar term). This debut album is filled with catchy and magical melodies accompanied by the magical female vocals. In the times where the ‘mainstream‘ gothic metal has changed its style and became somehow ‘poppy’ and ‘ordinary’, a band like SAVN definitely proves that hope is not lost and they definitely made me happy with their self-titled debut album. What I would love to hear more would be maybe a bit more growls – which existed in some songs like “I Am Free” and in the last two bonus tracks –  and more acoustic material. A very interesting, well made début for sure!

Rating
9/10

Tracklist

  1. Musical Silence
  2. Hang On
  3. The Demons in Me
  4. Longing For Love
  5. I am Free
  6. Sorrowful
  7. All I Want
  8. Now or Never
  9. Lengselens Hånd
  10. Hang On (Growling Version, Bonus)
  11. The Demons in Me (Growling Version, Bonus)

Band
Carmen Elise Espenæs – Vocals
Stig Johansen – Vocals, Guitars
Anders Thue – Keyboards

Website
http://www.savn-official.com/

Atrocity en Leave’s Eyes – symfonische avond in de Baroeg wekt vooral sympathie op

tekst: Silviapd
foto’s: Monica Duffels

Baroeg 17-11-2013 Atrocity 004 door Monica DuffelsAan de vooravond van een aantal shows in China , doet Leaves’ Eyes de Baroeg aan in Rotterdam. Voorlopig de laatste Europese show van deze goedlopende tour samen met Atrocity en Acyl uit Frankrijk. Ook tourt de Nederlandse Sin7Sins mee.

Wegens interviews, is de entree wanneer Atrocity de avond opent. Toch zijn veel fans al vroeg aanwezig om een nieuw geluid te horen, namelijk Acyl. Deze Franse band brengt zeker een uniek geluid en het debuut is goed ontvangen. Reden genoeg om het eens een luisterbeurt te gunnen.

Atrocity viert zijn twintigjarig bestaan en de zaal wordt dan ook getrakteerd op een tijdreis. Wat voor degenen die deze Duitse metalband niet goed kennen, een mooie bloemlezing is. Voor de fans zitten er een aantal verrassingen tussen die de avond dynamisch maken.

Baroeg 17-11-2013 Atrocity 002 door Monica DuffelsAlexander Krull is het boegbeeld van Atrocity, maar daarnaast ook een bekende producer. Met zijn meterslange haar is hij een verschijning die men niet snel vergeet.

De naturelle performance maakt hem innemend en het zorgt ervoor dat de band sympathiek over komt, ondanks het smalle podium waarop weinig bewogen wordt. Afgezien van een loopje hier en daar, is het toch vooral wapperend haar wat de toon slaat.

Haunted By Demons’ wordt enthousiast ingeluid door Alexander met een knipoog naar het verleden: “In het begin twintig jaar geleden, stonden we hier samen met de Nederlandse band Sinister!” waarna zware riffs het stevige death metal nummer opzwepen.

Baroeg 17-11-2013 Atrocity 006 door Monica DuffelsVoeg daar bovenop de immense grunts van een torenhoge zanger, met een grote longinhoud. De hele set lijkt de frontman met gemak de nummers te vertolken al lachend en grappend met het publiek.

Drummer Joris Nijenhuis weet flink veel energie in zijn spel te steken, al is het soms wat schel qua geluid. Vooral wanneer het terug gaat naar de roots, imponeert de band in snelheid, en complexiteit.

De snelle solo’s van Thorsten Bauer zijn een technisch hoogstandje. Toch zijn de nummers lang niet altijd melodieus of voorspelbaar: vaak wisselen gitaarlijnen elkaar af met een zang die veel tempo veranderen heeft.

Atrocity maakt het zichzelf niet makkelijk, wat bewonderenswaardig is. De zaal is niet altijd even uitnodigend, maar wanneer de band het vraagt dan gaan de handen de lucht in. Met twee Nederlanders in de band is het bijna een thuiswedstrijd.

Baroeg 17-11-2013 Atrocity 005 door Monica DuffelsMarch Of The Undying’ begint meer symfonisch, waarna een snelle blast beat een omschakeling betekent met catchy gitaren. Het gaat zo mogelijk nog sneller op de In Flames favoriet ‘Blood Stained Prophecy.’

Dan komt Lotus van Sin7Sins  op het podium voor een dansje. Een vermakelijke onderbreking. Waarna ‘Death By Metal’ het vrolijke Duitstalige repertoire achter zich laat, waarbij gitarist Sander van der Meer ook de grunts op zich neemt.

Voor de muzikanten is het een lange avond, want wanneer de lichten doven is het niet ten einde. Ze verschijnen daarna ook bij Leaves’ Eyes. Toch zijn beide bands zeer verschillend, niet alleen qua geluid maar ook in podium presentatie (en outfit).

Baroeg 17-11-2013 Leaves Eyes 004 door Monica DuffelsHet nieuwe album ‘Symphonies Of The Nights’  is progressiever, bombastischer en laat een meer klassieke kant van zangeres Liv Kristine zien.  Op het Metal Female Voices Fest is voor het eerst nieuw materiaal gespeeld, nog geen maand later speelt de band voor het eerst in China.

Het gaat ze duidelijk goed af, na bijna tien jaar is Leaves’ Eyes een gevestigde orde in de gothic metal wereld. Het is goed druk tijdens het concert, nummers als ‘My Destiny’ en ‘Take The Devil In Me’ worden dan ook luidkeels meegezongen. Toch lijkt er een steviger randje omheen te zitten, die het net even anders laat klinken.

Het is ronduit storend dat het gehele optreden de zang en gitaren erg zacht afgesteld staan en de drums veel te hard de rest overstemt. Joris Nijenhuis heeft in korte tijd de nummers ingestudeerd en hij is zeker vakkundig, maar het is na tien minuten wel vervelend om met moeite gitaren te ontdekken in de geluidsmix.

Baroeg 17-11-2013 Leaves Eyes 002 door Monica DuffelsDat heeft als gevolg dat tijdens het nieuwe nummer ‘Fading Earth’ de gitaarsolo van Thorsten Bauer erg vlak en zwak klinkt, terwijl het juist een zwaarder nummer is. Het is de charme van de Liv Kristine die de aandacht vast houdt, met de sympathieke manier waarop ze contact zoekt met het publiek.

Farewell Proud Men’ laat de viking, folk invloeden horen met de heldere, hoge uithalen van de zangeres Liv Kristine. Wanneer Sander van der Meer de solo inzet, is hij iets beter hoorbaar voor korte tijd weliswaar.

Het nieuwe album draait om een aantal historische heldinnen. Als geen ander weet Liv Kristine de teksten te vertolken met grote passie. Het is fascinerend haar zo te zien genieten, terwijl de omstandigheden in de Baroeg bij lange na niet ideaal zijn.

Baroeg 17-11-2013 Leaves Eyes 007 door Monica DuffelsHet geluid is veel te hard, overstuurd en slecht uitgebalanceerd. Er is weinig licht en het podium is haast te klein voor deze band. Het is duidelijk na al die jaren dat deze band zulke zalen al lang ontgroeit is. Al is er veel interactie mogelijk met het publiek, wat spontane momenten oplevert.

Toch is het een mooie set, omdat veel nieuwe nummers live veel sterker staan. Neem de titletrack die groots opgezet wordt; een intro met doedelzak, stevige gitaarlijnen die een bombastische basis vormen. Kippenvel wanneer het volume aanzwelt met sterke uithalen van Liv Kristine, met een meer klassieke benadering.

Ook het krachtige duet met Alexander Krull op ‘Maid Of Lorraine’ heeft een andere stijl aangemeten, levendige dialogen zijn in groot contrast met de gierende gitaren, die technisch de lat hoog leggen.

De tweede helft van het concert verloopt beter, omdat het publiek de band echt omarmt heeft en Leaves’ Eyes met professionaliteit de spanning vast houdt en toewerkt naar een climax. ‘Hell To The Heavens’ is de krachtige afsluiter, tevens de nieuwe video. Met verve en energie neemt de band afscheid, een ding is duidelijk: dit album kan wel eens het beste zijn wat Leaves’ Eyes heeft gemaakt, moge dat uitbetalen in groter succes. Het is ze gegund na al die jaren kwaliteit waarborgen en standvastigheid.

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Metal Female Voices Fest – quality level is increased on eleventh edition

text: Silviapd
photo: Monica Duffels

Lacuna Coil MFVF XI 19-10-2013 005 door Monica DuffelsAfter the jubilee edition of ten years Metal Female Voices Fest, the question raise if it is still possible to offer fans an exciting program after such a long time.

Frankly since the beginning in 2003 there are bands on the list returning almost every year. That is still the case, but MFVF is developed in a professional festival.

What means that bands are presenting a higher quality, also the opening bands and not only the headliners. The stage set-up is more professional and there is less delay between acts, meaning that fans don’t have to wait. Also the amount of seats is increased and there is more food.

Chaostar MFVF XI 19-10-2013 002 door Monica DuffelsOn a festival likes this, where people meet from all over the world, the social aspect is higher than on other indoor festivals. In that atmosphere it is important that fans have a contact moment with their favourite bands.

Rock Tribune provides signing sessions of almost all the bands. Its pretty amazing seeing fans waiting so patiently in – often – a long queue.

Walking in when Serenity is finishing their set, isn’t the best timing. The progressive power metal band from Austria is touring intensively last years with Kamelot and Delain, doing them good. Singer Georg Neuhauser is confident on stage and each time his voice impresses me.

Since female vocalist Clementine Delauney joined, the group became stronger. ‘War Of Ages’ is a challenging album, showing that Kamelot has a real competitor (their last album is more over a repeating of what they did in the past).

Chaostar comes from Greece and adds a real own sound to todays program. There are traditional instruments on stage, a violin and also electronic arrangements mixed with Eastern vibes.

Kobra and the Lotus MFVF XI 19-10-2013 005 door Monica DuffelsThe tall blond Androniki Skoula, dressed in red is quite an appearance. Her voice is high, and bombastic. It is nice when she use folk influences. An old song comes with an plan flute.

Skull is a good storyteller and that makes her performance authentic, although sometimes she is busier posing than seeking for interaction with her band members.

The quality level of bands is increasing and there are more bands showing a wider spectrum of the female voices. It is not only about high, bombastic voices anymore and that is a good development concerning the diversity.

Kobra and The Lotus is a heavy hard rock band coming from Canada. They are active since 2008, although their debut is released this year. Recently touring with Halestorm increases their fan base all over Europe.

Asrai MFVF XI 19-10-2013 005 door Monica Duffels

Also Brittainy Paige is an eye catcher on stage; not only having a strong, powerful voice but also a dynamic performance that comes with such a sound (heavy guitars and drums). It is important for a singer to find a balanced sound without losing tension. Paige understands that pretty good and it is a pitty the sounds is too massive in Wieze.

Last minute Dutch dark gothic band Asrai is added to the program, replacing Visions Of Atlantis. They aren’t touring that much, so it is a nice surprise to see them in Wieze.

Immediately Asrai grabs the attention, their sound is fresh and heavy at the same time. There is a new face in the band and recently EP ‘Between Dreams And Destiny’ is released. Some new songs are played and the general impression is a heavier, darker sound.

Asrai MFVF XI 19-10-2013 006 door Monica DuffelsThe show is dynamic and vivid. The circumstances are harder on such a big stage; there is less frontlight and that makes it harder to follow the movements of the band members (especially the keyboards and drums are hidden in the dark).

Stay With Me’ is a well-known song and its soon crowed in front of the stage. Magriet Mol is a strong frontlady, not only having a great voice but also reaching the audience easily with her performance.

Her movements are very expressive, carried by the catchy melody. Add a rising beat and drums of Karin Mol and there is immediately a strong interaction.

The whole day the venue is half empty, the real fans are gathered in the front but many people are walking around. During Asrai it is finally more crowded in the back, it’s after five so the camping is awake too.

Kontrust MFVF XI 19-10-2013 003 door Monica DuffelsFor many the first Dutch band is a real highlight, and it is not easy to top their energy. Luckily Kontrust is more than capable to raise the energy level. The crossover band from Austria is ready to make a big party with their contagious sound.

The mixture between screams, drumbeats, heavy guitars and even reggae influences makes the band special. Their sound is impossible to compare with any other band and that is already impressive nowadays.

More than the music their live performance is striking. The duets between frontlady Agata and male singer Steve are the real eye-cather, especially the show elements like red flags around the microphone and hand puppets. Without any doubt they are the most spontaneous, humoristic band on stage today.

Leaves Eyes MFVF XI 19-10-2013 003 door Monica DuffelsThe first headliner of the day is German band Leaves’ Eyes. On Friday Liv Kristine performed solo for the fist time in this area, and today it is full force accompanied by the whole band.

It’s the kick-off from a new worldwide tour, in November  ‘Symphonies of the Night‘ will be released. An album that live will impress the most, because it shows the strength of this formation; on stage Liv Kristine totally has control over every detail and every tone in her voice. What makes it fascinating to look at.

Over twenty years she is still one of the top vocalists in the gothic metal scene and for a very good reason. There is nobody like her, the lightness in her voice and the technics to create a soft – and then bombastic sound.

New songs are presented today, among them ‘Galswintha’ that reflects the new path of the band. It is darker, heavier, stronger, bombastic and easily fitting in the clear voice of Liv Kristine.

Leaves Eyes MFVF XI 19-10-2013 004 door Monica DuffelsAfter the semi-acoustic opening of Thorsten Bauer on guitar, the show is strong and bombastic. The beauty and the beast concept of male vocalist Alexander Krull in combination with his wife on stage, is still attractive. Many fans are waiting for songs like ‘Elegy’ or ‘My Destiny‘ and singing along. It is really crowded also in the back.

Each time the musicians are getting stronger on stage, and the new material makes it more appealling. It is rare that a band has such a dynamic career and still is open for new influences. Today Leaves’ Eyes surpasses themselves once again in the most powerful way imaginable.

Delain is the second headliner of the evening, presenting a special set with guests. One of them is Sharon den Adel, and surely many Within Temptation fans are in the crowd. Both bands have some similarities, like having mainstream success, besides the family bound.

Delain MFVF XI 19-10-2013 005 door Monica DuffelsCharlotte Wessels dressed in white this time, is definitely not the strongest vocalist from today. She has a strong pop-orientated voice, instead of the bombastic ones today, but that is a matter of taste.

The band is a strong well balanced formation, mainly Charlotte shows the capability of entertaining a large fan base. The songs are well performed by all musicians and it is smart of them to invite guests on the stage to make it more exclusive. Serenity’s Georg Neuhauser fits beautifully, resulting in a dynamic duet.

Then at the very last songs, the woman that is an example for so many singers enters the stage. Almost unrecognizable in black, Sharon den Adel blows away Wieze. Even old Winthin Temptation song is played ‘Restless‘, with Martijn Westerholt behind the piano. After a long set, Delain says goodbye and of course their big hit ‘The Gathering’ is the perfect adrenaline rush, including catchy guitars and uprising drums.

Delain MFVF XI 19-10-2013 007 door Monica Duffels

The Italian band Lacuna Coil has the honor to close the evening, also playing a special set. For the fans ‘Karmacode‘ album from 2006 is played entirely. That doesn’t mean that well known songs from their ‘Comalies‘ period aren’t forgotten.

The format of strong duets between male vocalist Andrea Ferro and beauty Cristina Scabbia is familiar and working well as a trademark worldwide. In fairness there is nothing new presented by them. Since their show on the Lowlands festival in 2007 Lacuna Coil is pretty disappointing ever since.

Lacuna Coil MFVF XI 19-10-2013 005 door Monica Duffels

It seems the band has an ‘American’ air around them, somehow not willing to deliver live anymore. The sound is often pretty bad. Each performance on MFVF is loud, what makes it pretty annoying to listen to them.

Above that the show is familiar and I can’t discover any pleasure or happiness, just an automatic pilot. There is no front light what makes it hard to see their faces.

Something that is a downside the whole day; bands are moving and there is no real light in the front or in the back. A spotlight is definitely necessary, more than beautiful laserlights.

The guest performances made MFVF XI a success today and the social reunion created a special atmosphere; there are people from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Japan. That is enough prove that the festival is still standing strong!

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Metal Female Voices Fest – 2013 edition with the leading ladies from the gothic metal

MFVF XI

After the jubilee edition, the question rose how to surpass that program. The leading team Philty and Val managed to gather an impressive list of bands for the 2013 edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest.

Among them leading ladies of the gothic metal, familiar faces that guarantee a successful performance and therefore a solid fan base traveling over to Wieze, Belgium. For example Tarja, Lacuna Coil and Delain. Most of those bands also released a new album.

On thursday 18th October Liv Kristine will give her first live performance as a solo artist. Besides her main band Leaves’Eyes, her side project turned into a solo career. Finally after many performances in Germany, she is presenting a more fragile sound to the Benelux. The day after Leaves’Eyes will perform as well.

It is no secret that many years of trying, one of the biggest female singers in the scene wasn’t performing on MFVF: Sharon den Adel will perform as a guest together with Delain. However Within Temptation isn’t coming over, mainly because they are in the middle of their recording process for a new album.

The list of bands continues with Stream of Passion, Anneke van Giersbergen, ReVamp, Visions Of Atlantis, Kontrust, Imperia and on thursday Eve’s Apple. The formation of many female singers coming together annually on the Wieze stage.  Last year it was an acoustic show, this year the first electric performance will be there!

Program

Thursday 8th October:
Eve’s Apple (community professional singers)
Liv Kristine (first solo performance Benelux)

Friday 9th October:
Lacuna Coil
Delain
Leaves’ Eyes
Kontrust
Visions Of Atlantis
Imperia
Magion
and others

Saturday 10th October:
Tarja
ReVamp
Anneke van Giersbergen
Crimfall
Stream of Passion
Dalriada
Eleanor
for the complete line-up: http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be/bands.html

Information

For the first time MFVF XI has an online app ‘Twoppy’ and you are able to scan the QR code on the website. it shows more news and timetables.
On http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be/home.html links to Facebook and Twitter are provided for actual information and schedules.

Bus reservations on this page for rates Bus time table (same as last year). VIP tickets are always selling fast, as well as the gold ones: both are sold-out. There are a few tickets left. The best way is to order them online on the official website or buy a day-ticket at the Oktoberhallen venue.
TICKETNET.BE / PRIMERA winkels (NL)
METALTRIP (Spain) : Combi / 19/10 / 20/10
MFVF ticket shops: Metaltix, Free Record Shop, Fnac, Hard Rock Market (Brussels) , Metalzone and Alcatraz on concert and festival locations.

Price 3-day ticket: 83,00 euros
Price Saturday ticket: 57.50 euros (doors open at 11h)
Price Sunday ticket:  57.50 euros (doors open at 10h)

More information about the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium and public transport or arriving by car on: http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be/info.html

Liv Kristine – composed the most emotional ballads on ‘Libertine’

text: Gerianne Meijer
photo’s: Alexander Krull & Stefan Heilemann

Liv Kristine Espenæs – Krull as the full name of the singer is, released her fourth solo album ‘Libertine‘ a month ago. It is an album with pop influences and also a return to the roots: an interesting combination. There is a Dutch review on Muzikantenweb for further details.

At that time she was touring in Europe with Leaves’ Eyes her main band. When she arrived home, in one day the email questions were answered. What follows is a short update with the charming Liv Kristine revealing more about her solo record. 

Compared to your previous album ‘Skintight’ (Napalm Records 2010), ‘Libertine’ seems to contain more up-tempo rock songs. It seems difficult for you to shake off your ‘loud music’ roots. Do you find yourself always coming back to that style of music for a reason? Or did you just feel like creating some heavier songs?

Liv Kristine:  ” To compare “Libertine” with my former releases, ‘Dues ex Machina’ (1998) was very atmospheric and reminding you a bit about Irish Enya, a real pop-album. ‘Enter My Religion’ (2006) was more guitar-based and earthly with many interesting exotic folk influences. ‘Skintight’ (2010) had some influence from Johnny Cash, which sometimes gives the listeners a warm and here-and-now campfire feeling experience.

Libertine’ (2012) is a back-to-the-roots album for me, containing the most emotional ballads I’ve ever composed, Some songs even have a dark, but sweet feeling to it. Through both the piano, the dark bass lines and heavy guitars, as you pointed out. I see every album becoming more and more individual, just like I am getting closer to myself in a way. I would say all of my albums are somehow indie, pop or rock.”

Songwriting

I know you have written a lot, if not all, lyrics yourself. How much did you participate in the writing of the music on ‘Libertine’?

Liv Krtine: “ I write all lyrics, for my solo project and Leaves’ Eyes. I just love poetry and linguistics! When composing for Leaves’ Eyes most ideas are recorded instrumentally by Alexander Krull (singer), Thorsten Bauer (guitarist) and Sander van der Meer (guitarist) at first. Then I start working on my vocal melodies and lyrics.

A solo album song-writing process mostly runs in the opposite direction: initially there’s a vocal melody or a single bass or piano line from which all songs start growing. I composed three songs, the rest was co-composed with J.B.van der Wal, under the production of Mastersound, Alexander Krull (husband, producer). The only exception is the Kate Bush cover, of course.”

Influences

The opening song on ‘Libertine’ titled ‘Interlude’ feels like a serenade. Was that song inspired by someone. What or who, is your main inspiration in general?

Liv Kristine:  “Interlude is a very atmospheric opener and intro pece of music. It has a sweet sound to it. It is a love declaration written like a poem. Coming to influences, I am lucky to have parents who love music too, so I’ve always spent a lot of time listening and singing along to music.

I started to sing even before I could walk or talk, however, I never had any musical education and I never studied music (I studied linguistics, German, English and historic languages). It was my inner voice that told me that singing is a part of me, it just comes from the heart.

Actually, when I was little, I thought that every human being could sing! Well, I guess I’m lucky, having a kind of perfect hearing. Coming to influences I grew up with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Edvard Grieg and Tschaikowsky. Also female singers like Enya, Madonna, Kate Bush, Abba, Tori Amos and Monserrat Caballe.

From the very beginning, I’ve followed my musical instinct: I wanted to combine a romantic, female, angelic voice with powerful and impressive music. Then suddenly, when I was eighteen years old, I found myself in the middle of writing music history with Theatre of Tragedy. My favorite album at the moment is “Ark” by Brendan Perry – absolutely amazing, can’t stop listening to it!”

Paris

The song ‘Paris, Paris’ is obviously inspired by France. Do you get a lot of inspiration from other cultures?

Liv Kristine:  “Most influence come from my homecountry, Norway. Then why Paris? I haven’t always liked Paris, as I also have experienced a few bad things there, however, we have slowly become friends now. I like the special feeling I often have when I visit Paris: the narrow streets, the little cafés serving the even smaller espresso, all the beautiful fountains, the Seine, and (as often happens in Paris)the rain!

One of my favorite cafés is in Paris, where I usually have a cup of tea and carrot cake when it’s raining outside. ‘Paris Paris’ was actually a demo song I prepared for Theatre of Tragedy, but it was never recorded. However, I re-wrote it for fun using the program Garage band. My co-musicians loved it and all the instruments were recorded new. It is definitely a very refreshing song.

What draws you to other cultures?

Liv Kristine: ” It is rather the nature that draws me to other cultures and places. I am dreaming about going to Himalaya, doing a mountain tour by foot, meeting and getting to know the peoples and their history. I have to tell you I just love little villages surrounded by nature, which is also my main motives when I paint my pictures. There is something exciting, like a secret to every village, I think.”

Where did the idea of the Kate Bush cover come from? It is not an easy song to sing. Were you afraid of any criticism of Kate Bush fans or others?

Liv Kristine: ” So far the critics have been absolutely amazing! I am so touched. Kate Bush and Tori Amos are truly my greatest influences vocally. Since I never had any musical education I have found my own way to prepare my voice before a concert or recording session. In which I sing along to either of these wonderful voices.

It was my best friend, Katja, who had this idea that I should cover Kate. During one of our girls’ evenings (parties) I started singing from the top of my voice along to Kate, but the next day I was worried what the neighbors would say. Katjas neighbors did not complain. and my friend inspired me to record the track for ‘Libertine’. It was recorded in a one- take session.”

Gratefulness

Your first solo album was released many years ago in 1998, but when did you first feel the urge to make a solo album?

Liv Kristine: “I’ve been singing for longer than I can remember. I think ‘Deus ex Machina’ came at the right point of time yes.”

Would you feel like you couldn’t express a part of yourself if you did not have your solo career?

Liv Kristine: ” I have to tell you that I feel truly privileged. First of all I am grateful to my fans and friends for giving me all this respect, love and good energy. Some of them following me since my ex-band Theatre of Tragedy came into existence about eighteen years ago. My fans have granted me this freedom I appreciate so much.

Through both Leaves’ Eyes and my solo project, I am able to live out my musical instinct. There has never been a day since I at the age of seven realized that I had been given a special musical gift genetically. Since my childhood there has never been a day at which I haven’t been creative in some or the other way. I just love singing, composing, writing, recording and most of all: playing gigs!

What is it like to perform these songs live, since they must be really close to your heart?

Liv Kristine: ” Absolutely amazing!  There was this moment during my concert in Nagold (Germany) December 2011, when I first presented the demo song ‘Libertine’ to my audience. I had also performed a handful of Theatre of Tragedy songs, because it was my wish. There and then I understood in which musical direction my up-coming album would be, more powerful, more back to the roots.  Everybody was there, my closest friends and family, my fantastic fans from all over the world: Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, UK, Finland, Spain, Holland and all over Germany. I was so happy: this was a very special night for me, so special that I will do it again in December 22. this year!

Closer

How do you see your musical growth through the years and how does that reflect on your albums?

Liv Kristine: “I am getting closer and closer to myself, I feel that my artistic heart is happy, I am really having a good time although it is such hard work. I have so many ideas: I tell you I never get bored.”

Do you have a message for your Dutch fans?

Liv Kristine: “Thank you for being there for me all these years, with Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves’Eyes and my solo work. I hope you enjoy ‘Libertine’ as much as I did composing and recording it. I can’t wait to play it live for you! See you soon, I can’t wait to be back in beautiful, humble Holland – Love Liv.

More information on: http://www.livkristine.de

Word of Thanks to: Liv Kristine, Napalm Records and  Hardlife  promotion.

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