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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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Lyrics (12)


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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Vonpire - 12.05.2011 at 21:46  
Rating: 7
Written by Behdad K2 on 23.03.2011 at 00:35

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


Totally Agree.

Ridiculous this award! Worse, only new Sirenia album...
SceneryOfLoss - 13.05.2011 at 22:13  
Rating: 8 I don't think it's so bad. It really follow "Ilumination"'s direction and Mariangela does a stunning performance, plus the violins sound totally amazing!
Cassian - 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.
Night Sight - 17.09.2011 at 13:19  
  When i compare it with their classic albums like "Ashes" and "illumination" it is honest to rate it 2.
Morbidron - 01.03.2012 at 15:21  
 
Written by Array 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 K2 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.

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