Tristania - World Of Glass review
|Album:||World Of Glass|
|Release date:||September 2001|
01. The Shining Path
03. Tender Trip On Earth
06. Selling Out
07. Hatred Grows
08. World Of Glass
09. Crushed Dreams
10. The Modern End [Seigmen cover] [bonus]
What is gothic metal today? Is gothic a good female voice togheter with a male growling? Trisiania thinks so. Now at their third full-lenghth album (without considering the debut EP "Tristania") we can immediatly notice that they slightly changed their style: the artwork indeed transmits us (???) the sensation of a cold World Of Glass, but it has changed from the usual Gothic atmospheres.
Not bad, let's listen to the music. The first thing we notice ragards the male singer: the previous one (a good one I thought) has now been replaced by Ronny Thorsen, that, as we can read in the booklet "appears with kind permission from Trail of Tears" (the norwegian goth band of the good "Profundemonium"). His voice is good, harsh enough but his growling doesn't reach deep notes as well as the previous singer did. Concerning the clean male vocals we have even two other singer, but frankly I cannot distinguish one from the other…..anyway the clean voices are good: deep, sad as always…but nothing special. What shines the most is the cristalline voice of Vibeke Stene that gives us the usual incredible performance. I don't want to be too much critical but I anyway think that Liv Kristine and especially Sharon den Adel are one step above the others.
The musical stile follows and evolves the path taken by the previous "Beyond The Veil" in favour of a music which is more complex, in particular regarding percussion, and a heavy use of chorus. We also find the usual violins (but not as emotional as in "Widow's Weeds") and the slow acoustic parts too, but it all has this feeling of "already listened". They serve themselves now for the first time of a bit of electrical sound and filtered voices but they fuse well with the music.
So, what's wrong with this album? I dont' exactly know but it leaves me indiffernt, it has no shining parts nor a single outstanding song. It doesn't have the heavy power and the obscure mood of some songs from "Beyond The Veil" nor the melancholic atmospheres of "Widow's Weeds". This last one indeed is, in my opinion their best album, with a perfect balance of male and female vocals and of hard and slow parts.
If you loved the previous "Beyond the Veil" to madness, listen to this one too and I think you'll like it, but if you are searching for a good goth album of this kind, I suggest to search for "Widow's Weeds" or to turn your attention to other bands such as Theatre of Tragedy, or Within Temptation which are not known enough.
|Third effort of one of the best gothic bands of Norway, with Mortem Veland gone, the questions popped out... Is it as good as Beyond The Veil? Is the band is taking a new direction?Electronic elements will take over as they did with Theatre Of Tragedy and Paradise Lost?
Well, I'm gladly to say that yes, no and no! Yes is a very good album! (I don't know if better than Beyond The Veil though...]. No, the black/gothic/dark sound is still there! And NO there aren't any electronic elements present! .
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