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Liv Kristine Espenæs
|Birth name||Liv Kristine Espenæs|
|Also known as||Liv Kristine|
|Born||14 February 1976|
|Genres||Symphonic metal, Gothic metal, Folk metal, Pop|
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.
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. She was fired from Theatre of Tragedy in 2003, a fact she learned about through the band's website. 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. With the five musicians from Atrocity she formed a new band, Leaves' Eyes, in August 2003. She has also released five solo albums, the most recent of which was released in October 2014 through Napalm Records.
In 2016, Liv joined Eluveitie as a session vocalist for a couple of their live shows.
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.
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. 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. Theatre of Tragedy's third album Aégis in 1998 saw the band "venturing into fresh musical territory". 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". The music was more clean and soft, "stripped of guitar harshness" but with a "near flawless execution" that "prompted many European critics to award Aégis perfect review scores".
For over a decade, this beauty and the beast aesthetic has flourished with many representatives across the European continent. 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.
|Deus Ex Machina|
|Enter My Religion|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"3am"||1998||—||Deus Ex Machina|
|"Take Good Care"||—|
|"3am" – "Fanedition"||1999||—|
|"One Love"||—||non-album single|
|"Fake a Smile"||2006||94||Enter My Religion|
|"Over the Moon"||—|
|"Trapped in Your Labyrinth"||—|
|"Love Decay (feat. Michelle Darkness)"||2014||—||Vervain|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Fake a Smile||
|"Fake a Smile"||2006||Enter My Religion|
|Theatre of Tragedy – Theatre of Tragedy||band member||1995|||
|Theatre of Tragedy – Velvet Darkness They Fear||band member||1996|||
|Atrocity – Werk 80||additional vocals
(appears also in "Shout" music video)
|Theatre of Tragedy – A Rose for the Dead||band member||1997|||
|Theatre of Tragedy – Aégis||band member||1998|||
|Heavenwood – Swallow||vocals on "Downcast"||1998|||
|Atrocity & Silke Bischoff – "Blue Moon"||additional vocals (non-album single)||1998|||
|Atrocity – Non Plus Ultra 1989–1999||additional vocals||1999|||
|WeltenBrand – Der Untergang von Trisona||vocals on "The Devil Gets the Profiteer"||1999|||
|Das Ich – Re-Laborat||vocals on "Des Satans neue Kleider" (Atrocity Remix)||2000|||
|Atrocity – Gemini||additional vocals||2000|||
|Theatre of Tragedy – Musique||band member||2000|||
|Atrocity – Thank You – A Tribute to The Sisters of Mercy||vocals on "More"||2000|||
|Theatre of Tragedy – Inperspective||band member||2001|||
|Theatre of Tragedy – Closure: Live||band member||2001|||
|Theatre of Tragedy – Assembly||band member||2002|||
|Genius – A Rock Opera Part II||vocals on "To Be Free"||2004|||
|Immortal Rites – Art of Devolution||vocals on "Mirror Reflections"||2004|||
|Hortus Animae – The Lotus Eaters – Dead Can Dance Tribute||vocals on "Summoning of the Muse"||2004|||
|Cradle of Filth – Nymphetamine||vocals on "Nymphetamine"
(appears also in music video for the song)
|Atrocity – Atlantis||additional vocals||2004|||
|Umbra et Imago – Motus Animi||"Ein letztes Mal" (Leaves' Eyes Remix)||2005|||
|Delain – Lucidity||vocals on "See Me in Shadow" and "Day for Ghosts"||2006|||
|Atrocity – Werk 80 II||additional vocals
(appears also in "Fade to Grey" and
"The Sun Always Shines on TV" music videos)
|Doro Pesch – Fear No Evil||backing vocals on "Celebrate"||2009|||
|Legio Mortis – The Human Creation and The Devil's Contribution||vocals on "Life Denied"||2011|||
|Bob Katsionis – Rest in Keys||vocals on "Rendez-Vous in the Sky"||2012|||
|Týr – Valkyrja||vocals on "The Lay of Our Love"
(appears also in music video for the song)
|Romanthica – Eterno||vocals on "Despierta"||2013|||
|Primal Fear – Delivering the Black||backing vocals on "Born with a Broken Heart"||2014|||
|Savn – Savn||vocals on "I Am Free"||2014|||
|Emerald Sun – Metal Dome||vocals on "Call of Nature"||2015|||
|Cradle of Filth - Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay||vocals on "Vengeful Spirit"||2017|||
|Orden Ogan - Gunmen||vocals on "Come With Me to the Other Side"||2017|||
|Midnattsol – The Aftermath||band member||2018|||
|Lux In Tenebris - To A New Eternity||Vocals on the duet « The Grand Design » with Marion-Lamita Peubey||2018|||
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