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Old 01-19-2014, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The three phases of Tristania

Tristania are in a class of their own when it comes to symphonic metal or gothic rock or whatever category of music they are in. They are slower tempo, have catchier hooks and the best vocals IMO.

There are three distinct phases to Tristania's history. The first belongs to the first two albums; Widows Weeds and Beyond The Veil when the founding member Morten Veland was still in the band. The music was heavy, the vocals were growls and the female vocals took second place.

The second phase happened once Morten left to start Sirenia. Suddenly Vibeke took centre stage and her exquisite vocals came first. There were more clean male vocals and less growls. The music stopped being so metal and starting creating more melodic riffs and hooks IMO. The three albums produced at this time; World Of Glass, Ashes and Illumination are my favourite of them all.

The third stage happened when Vibeke suddenly left to become a teacher and concentrate on her family. Tristania was joined by a Sardinian female singer called Mariangela Demurtas. They produced two albums called Rubicon and Darkest White. I'm not a fan of Mariangela's voice so I have not bought the latest two albums.

My question is how would you rate Tristania compared to the other symphonic/gothic metal bands? And which of the three phases is your favourite?
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well let me say that I love to hear Vibeke sing and was sad to see her go. Ashes and Illumination are my two favorite albums by them so the second phase is my favorite. Now the new chick didn't do so well on Rubicon but she did find her footing on Darkest White.

With that said their songs are hit and miss with me. The ones I like I really like and the others not so much. Comparing them to my favorite gothic metal band Lacuna Coil they don't hold a candle to them and they aren't even in the same league as the symphonic metal bands I listen to like After Forever, Epica, Stream Of Passion etc.
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I've heard Epica and liked it. The others I've not really heard yet.
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