LEAVES' EYES the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY has released the following statement:
"Some members of the band visited the Summer Breeze festival in Germany this weekend. We met up with our friends from the Nuclear Blast merchandise stand on the festival grounds and got some rather unpleasant news on which we'd like to set the record straight.
"We heard the police showed up and confiscated LEAVES' EYES shirts with a Celtic cross on it. Apparently the police thought the design had something to do with right-wing symphathies. We also heard some fans were forced to take their shirt off with the same design and had to give it to the police as well. Later the police apologised for the mistake and brought back the shirts to the Nuclear Blast stand, after harrassing the merch people five times!
"We as a band want to state that we are shocked and disgusted by all what has taken place. Also, we are amazed by the ignorance of the police in these matters as clearly LEAVES' EYES have nothing to do with such symphaties, nor does the design of the t-shirt. Clearly they need to do their homework a lot better!! We think it is a shame that things like this had to happen at one of the best metal festivals we know and also the merch guys and girls at Nuclear Blast, and last but least to our fans!!!!"
LEAVES' EYES' latest album, "Meredead", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 32. Released on April 22 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Napalm Records, the effort was made available exclusively as limited-edition mediabook CD, including bonus track and bonus DVD "Live At The Metal Female Voices Fest", strictly limited-edition deluxe box set and regular jewel case. The deluxe box set (pictured below) is limited to 1,000 copies and includes the mediabook CD including bonus track and bonus DVD, "Live At The Metal Female Voices Fest", plus pendant (Celtic cross with LEAVES' EYES branding).