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Release date: 25 August 2010
Style: Gothic metal

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01. Year Of The Rat
02. Protection
03. Patriot Games
04. The Passing
05. Exile
06. Sirens
07. The Emerald Piper [Limited Edition bonus]
08. Vulture
09. Amnesia
10. Magical Fix
11. Illumination
12. Caprice [bonus]

The Best Gothic Metal Album Of 2010

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Line-up
Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas - vocals
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Anders Høyvik Hidle - guitars, vocals
Ole Vistnes - bass, keyboards, vocals
Gyri Smørdal Losnegård - guitars
Tarald Lie Jr. - drums
Einar Moen - keyboards

Session musicians
Østen Bergøy - vocals
Pete Johansen - violin
Sigmund Olgart Vegge - vocals


Additional info
Release dates:

Aug. 25: Spain
Aug. 27: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy, Sweden
Aug. 30: Rest of Europe
Aug. 31: USA/Canada

Drums recorded in Tanken Studio, Oslo by Fredrik Wallumrød, January 2010.
Guitars, bass and violin recorded in K-Lab Studio, Stavanger by Anders Høyvik Hidle and Ole Vistnes, February 2010.
Vocals recorded in Amadeus Studio, Oslo by Sigmund Vegge and Waldemar Sorychta, February and March 2010.
Mixed by Waldemar Sorychta and Dennis Koehne in Flying Pigs Studio, April 2010.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers, May 2010.

Produced by Anders Høyvik Hidle and Ole Vistnes.
Co-produced by Waldemar Sorychta.

Photos and front cover artwork by angst-im-wald.
Booklet design by Tinko Georgiev.

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
7.7
Tristania is for one more time in the controversial eye of the cyclone. The first time was when Morten Veland ceased to be a member of the band. The second was when the charismatic and adored by the fans of the band (and of gothic metal as well), Vibeke Stene, left. But the flames of controversy hadn't risen that much, not until recently when their 6th full-length album came to the surface, the 1st with Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas on the female vocals. Yet, this isn't the only change on the line-up, only two of the founding members remain in the ranks of Tristania, Anders Høyvik Hidle and Einar Moen, although Osten still partakes as a guest vocalist which is very welcome, he has also written half the lyrics of the album.

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Morbidron - 01.03.2012 at 15:21  
 
Written by Guest on 29.08.2010 at 20:17

It's like living The Gathering's second album again.. again and once again...


spot on!!!
Morbidron - 01.03.2012 at 15:23  
 
Written by Behdad K on 23.03.2011 at 00:35

Best Gothic album of the year?! WTF?!
It sucks! It was more of a Hard Rock album!


10000% agree !
Reaper_Redeamer - 03.11.2012 at 15:09  
Rating: 3
Written by Cassian on 05.08.2011 at 11:08

It IS an amazing album, if you are a true Gothic/Symphonic metal fan. Less metal sounds and more experimental sounds does not make them a hard rock band, guys.


LOL...

RIP Tristania...
Cassian - 04.11.2012 at 11:08  
 
Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 03.11.2012 at 15:09

LOL...

RIP Tristania...


LOL
Some people just don't have ears.
Blasphemer1992 - 31.01.2013 at 09:14  
Rating: 4 How they can made such a shit ?
Erik M. - 03.06.2013 at 18:38  
 
Written by Cassian on 04.11.2012 at 11:08

Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 03.11.2012 at 15:09

LOL...

RIP Tristania...


LOL
Some people just don't have ears.


And some people are just total fanboys who aren't capable of distinguishing brilliant, great, decent and bad metal. You can't really judge anyone's opinion or rating if you only hand out 9's and 10's, which is utterly ridiculous since that means you only listen to brilliant music/masterpieces and that simply isn't possible. So I suggest you review your own scores and actually learn how to rate your music instead of having a 9.6+ average rating.
Cassian - 08.06.2013 at 05:04  
 
Written by Erik M. on 03.06.2013 at 18:38

Written by Cassian on 04.11.2012 at 11:08

Written by Reaper_Redeamer on 03.11.2012 at 15:09

LOL...

RIP Tristania...


LOL
Some people just don't have ears.


And some people are just total fanboys who aren't capable of distinguishing brilliant, great, decent and bad metal. You can't really judge anyone's opinion or rating if you only hand out 9's and 10's, which is utterly ridiculous since that means you only listen to brilliant music/masterpieces and that simply isn't possible. So I suggest you review your own scores and actually learn how to rate your music instead of having a 9.6+ average rating.


Good point. In fact, I don't rate to review. If you look into my profile you can see I always rate albums 9 or 10, not because everything I listen to is brilliant. They're definitely not.

I'm not a critic, I give an album I like the highest score possible with the hope to improve its ranking, even if the album is not a masterpiece. I don't listen to rubbish bands that create intolerable music; I only listen to those with certain levels of reputation. Their songs/albums are carefully engineered and professionally produced, and I think it's more enjoyable than those created by underground bands with the so-called "brilliance" lying beneath low-quality recording and cheap, amateur cover artwork. It's merely a personal choice, you may call me superficial if you please.
Erik M. - 08.06.2013 at 16:01  
 
Written by Cassian on 08.06.2013 at 05:04

Good point. In fact, I don't rate to review. If you look into my profile you can see I always rate albums 9 or 10, not because everything I listen to is brilliant. They're definitely not.

I'm not a critic, I give an album I like the highest score possible with the hope to improve its ranking, even if the album is not a masterpiece. I don't listen to rubbish bands that create intolerable music; I only listen to those with certain levels of reputation. Their songs/albums are carefully engineered and professionally produced, and I think it's more enjoyable than those created by underground bands with the so-called "brilliance" lying beneath low-quality recording and cheap, amateur cover artwork. It's merely a personal choice, you may call me superficial if you please.


First of all, it's your choice for doing so. However, yesterday there was someone in the shoutbox mentioning all her votes got deleted due to handing out only 9's and 10's to her favourite albums. She also cannot vote for albums and in polls for 180 days. Look it up, it's still in the shoutbox.

If you want to lie to yourself and others about how you feel about the albums you're rating, fine by me, but don't be surprised if people don't trust your judgement when it comes to music. In other words, I cannot take an opinion of someone who rates everything 9's and 10's seriously at all. This is not necessarily about you, but just in general. Simply handing out high votes for the sake of improving the rating is a bit weird, since it means you care more about the MS rating than about your own rating. In that case, what's the point of voting? Hell, I even think I'm too generous with handing out 8's and 9's to stuff, but if you'd put my votes in a graph then you'd see a bell curve which is an honest vote distribution.
NocturnalStalker - 09.10.2013 at 19:16  
Rating: 6 With Ashes Tristania made me believe that they can find their new sound after the departure of Morten Veland, but since that time their music seems more and more boring to my ears with each new album. And, in my opinion, departure of Vibeke Stene has killed off the band. Not that Mariangela Demiurtas sings bad, not at all. It's just that she doesn't have such a unique warm vocal timbre I loved Vibeke for. Even the return of Pete Johansen with his ever brilliant violin play doesn't save this record, but it did make me raise the rating by one point after all.
Angel N. - 22.02.2015 at 10:47  
Rating: 3 The best gothic metal of 2010 ? WOW !
Susan - 22.02.2015 at 18:56  
Rating: 10 Rubicon continues to entice me after nearly 5 years. A new era was introduced for a band with several amazing "eras" already; a band who continuously reinvents themselves with huge success.

The fact that so many Metal Stormers don't love their newer works DOES make sense. If their last 4 albums were released under a different band name, or at least the last 2 albums, they would have been very well received here. It's hard for many fans to watch bands evolve so much and to travel so far from their roots, their roots to which we already have an emotional connection. It makes people feel left behind, sadly.

It's easy to remember just the nostalgia and say that we miss Vibeke but Illumination was very, very poorly received here, as was Ashes. Vibeke sang beautifully on both of those. Even the incredible World Of Glass was answered with cries of "we miss Morton" and "RIP Tristania." They persevere, they have with every album since the very beginning. "Tristania" is an idea always being reborn. Even Beyond The Veil was an evolution away from Widow's Weeds.

Rubicon is an adventure that I love taking, listen after listen. I consider each Tristania album to be a wonderful journey and a unique moment, but Rubicon certainly does hold a special place for bringing the aching beauty of music to such a soaring height.
Angel N. - 19.03.2015 at 10:52  
Rating: 3 I listened to this album one more time to just see what's that I dislike so much about it.

Honestly, I have nothing against this vocalist change in Tristania as long as the new one could deliver the same sort of feelings I could get from any strong musical attempt. No ! Not at all,

I don't mean again that Tristania must have been always going on with the same style or structure of songs. Let's just see this album regardless of who made it and what is the background.

Seriously, it's not a quality music, some songs are too bad that I can't even go on with listening to them up to the end. This is not what I call "evolution", it's exactly the other way round, 1000s of steps backward. But what makes me terribly disappointed that it could be ok if it was published under another band name, but unfortunately it seems that all the appreciation they received is due to the name "Tristania". Really, this album is one of weakest albums in genre, even in comparison to the other weak bands with the same style that released albums in the same year, they could stand on top of it without even trying, but actually they're not named " Tristania".

It's interesting to see such things happen, that a band gets this much of attention while the album is not worth it.
Dima - 01.05.2015 at 15:19  
Rating: 3 Ehh if this was measured on a pH scale it'd be purple. Dunno why I had it at a 7 this whole time.
AnGina-- - 01.05.2015 at 20:22  
 
Written by Susan on 22.02.2015 at 18:56
It's hard for many fans to watch bands evolve so much and to travel so far from their roots, their roots to which we already have an emotional connection. It makes people feel left behind, sadly.


In one word: word.

In more words: I agree. As I was listening to the new Sirenia album lately, I took a trip down the memory lane and dug up Beyond The Veil, which I still consider one of my all time favourite albums. And yes, it's exactly that: a nostalgic trip down the memory lane with a strong emotional connection. When I discovered Tristania, it was something so new, ravishing, brilliant to me, that as I unveiled their music song by song, it took my breath away every single time. The reason I fell with it because their sound was unique; so dense, so rich and the atmosphere was so strong and powerful. Even with World Of Glass. It didn't matter that Veland was gone, because World of Glass was stylistically still very close to Beyond The Veil.

Ashes turned the table, the sound became more organic and raw. I still remember I was very disappointed by it, but with time, I got to appreaciate it, I just needed to look at it from a different perspective. Even the last three albums came to my liking, but still, on those three albums I feel they have some amazing songs, while the other don't impress me at all. No matter what, I like seeing what Tristania have become and if the music they make is to their liking and they feel they are telling the world what they want to tell, is absolutely fine by me. I respect and honour that. I just didn't get the "wow" effect, like I don't in so many other albums, regardless of the genre or band name. I came to acknowledge it's easiest for me to state I like/dislike an album, rather than the band itself.

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