ELINA SIIRALA (LEAVES’ EYES): “This Time We Decided To Go More Into The Mystical And Magical Side”

Band photo of Leaves' Eyes
Photo: Stefan Heilemann.

Nothing says historic Viking saga metal like the band Leaves’ Eyes. The German/Finnish band was formed in 2003 by then vocalist Liv Kristine, formerly the lead singer of the Norwegian band Theatre of Tragedy, and the entire lineup of the German band Atrocity, including the only original member left in Leaves’ Eyes today, Alexander Krull. In addition, Leaves’ Eyes made a name for themselves as a multimedia band of superlatives that captivates all of their followers’ senses. Lavishly produced, their high-class music videos, directed by Alexander Krull, expand the band’s storytelling to a visual aspect of superior quality. Their connection and appreciation for Viking re-enactment groups even led to the impressive feature-length documentary film “Viking Spirit” (2020) that delves deeper into the magical world explored on the band’s albums.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten had a chat with singer Elina Siirala about the band’s brand new album Myths Of Fate, their love of Viking Sagas, upcoming tours, and a lot more!

Leaves’ Eyes Lineup

  • Elina Siirala – Vocals
  • Alexander Krull – Vocals
  • Micki Richter – Guitar, Bass
  • Luc Gebhardt – Guitar
  • Joris Nijenhuis – Drums

Check out a video for “In Eternity” from the new Leaves’ Eyes new album Myths Of Fate here.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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