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Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull (born 14 February 1976 in Stavanger, Norway), better known as Liv Kristine, is a singer/songwriter who performed and composed songs mostly for various sub-genres of heavy metal music. She currently works in close association with her husband and leader of the German band Atrocity, Alexander Krull. She started her career in the music business as vocalist for the gothic metal band Theatre of Tragedy and is the current vocalist for the symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes.

Career

Interested in music from an early age, Liv Kristine 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 four solo albums of pop rock, the most recent of which was released in September 2012 through Napalm Records.

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

Kristine has a soprano vocal range.

Private life

On 3 July 2003 Liv Kristine married Atrocity vocalist Alexander Krull. They have a son, Leon Alexander.

Her younger sister, Carmen Elise Espenæs, is the vocalist of the German folk metal band Midnattsol. Liv Kristine and her husband Alexander are vegetarians.

Contributions to music

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.

Theatre of Tragedy's "A Hamlet for a Slothful Vassal" (1995)
A simultaneous duet between soprano and death vocals can be heard in this 24 second sample from Theatre of Tragedy's self-titled debut album.

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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. A few critics have since lamented that the approach has been "done to death by countless bands" to the point that it has become something of a cliché in the genre.

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