Liv Kristine and Leaves’ Eyes Part Ways

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In shocking news, at the beginning of a tour of Indonesia, Liv Kristine and Leave’s Eyes announced a parting of the ways via their respective Facebook pages:

Dear Fans and Friends,

With the upcoming shows, tours and releases Leaves’ Eyes will introduce their new female singer: Elina Siirala, Finnish vocalist living in London. Leaves’ Eyes and former vocalist Liv Kristine will part ways for personal reasons.

Leaves’ Eyes:Liv was the female voice of the band since the beginning in 2003. Together we toured through 50 countries and 5 continents, moreover we recorded 6 studio albums with outstanding singer Liv. We are full of pride in what we have reached together! From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank Liv for amazing 13 years of being our front lady, the work we have done together and all the passion for music that we shared all these years! We wish Liv all the best for the future, her solo career and other projects! Liv will always be an important part of the Leaves’ Eyes history but now we are looking forward to a new chapter and the new musical adventures of Leaves’ Eyes!

Liv Kristine comments: “I am highly proud of having been founding member and front lady of Leaves’ Eyes, which has played a vital role in my life since 2003. Good luck guys, thank you for the amazing music, outstanding moments with our worldwide audiences, moreover, the passion we all share. Love, Liv”

Liv herself posted the following on her own official Facebook page, hinting that the split may not have been completely her decision:

Dear Fans & Friends,

it’s with sadness I see the latest news reaching you. That this chapter in my life would have to end so soon was not my intention. Life must go on. For all of us. I wish Leaves’ Eyes with their decisions and plans all the best for the future. I will keep you posted with good news soon!

Love,
Liv

The original press release on Leaves’ Eyes Facebook page was modified on Sunday morning at around 11:40am in the UK to add “personal reasons” as being the explanation for the split and to add this statement from the band’s new girl:

Elina comments: “I can’t quite express how grateful and honoured I am for being asked to join Leaves’ Eyes, one of the most iconic bands in symphonic metal! I have the utmost respect for Liv and the band and what they’ve achieved over the years! I take on this challenge with a huge excitement and look forward to the new chapter in my career. It’s truly thrilling to be working with such talented musicians who also are some of the nicest people I’ve met. My biggest passion is to make music and perform, so right now I can’t wait to see what the future will bring!”

Leaves’ Eyes: “We embrace Elina with open arms and hearts! She is a fantastic singer and performer. Please, welcome the new female voice of Leaves’ Eyes: Sensational Elina Siirala!

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