Tristania (band)

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Tristania
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Tristania live in Germany, 2005
Background information
Origin Stavanger, Norway
Genres
Years active1995–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official website
MembersMariangela Demurtas
Kjetil Nordhus
Anders Høyvik Hidle
Gyri Smørdal Losnegaard
Ole Vistnes
Einar Moen
Tarald Lie Jr.
Past members Morten Veland
Kjetil Ingebrethsen
Vibeke Stene
Svein Terje Solvang
Rune Østerhus
Østen Bergøy
Kenneth Olsson

Tristania is a band from Norway, formed in 1995 by Morten Veland, Einar Moen and Kenneth Olsson. Tristania's music is usually classified as Gothic metal with death influences, due to its strong tie and legacy within the gothic metal history. [1] [2] Their songs largely deal with dark and sentimental topics, including depression, sadness, suicide, love, absence, and anger.

Norway Country in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Morten Veland Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and producer

Morten Veland is a Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and producer. He is one of the founding members of the Norwegian gothic metal band Tristania, and the founding member of Sirenia and Mortemia.

Gothic metal is a fusion genre combining the heaviness of heavy metal with the dark atmospheres of gothic rock. The music of gothic metal is diverse with bands known to adopt the gothic approach to different styles of heavy metal music. The genre originated during the early 1990s in the United Kingdom originally as an outgrowth of death-doom, a fusion of death metal and doom metal. Lyrics are generally dark and introspective with inspiration from gothic fiction as well as personal experiences.

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The band had not had any known activity since 2016, [3] until October 2018, when they announced that they will return "to the scene for the first time since 2016 at 70000tons of Metal in early 2019." [4]

Biography

Background

In 1992, Morten Veland and Kenneth Olsson formed Uzi Suicide. Since Veland was getting more interested in the UK gothic scene, his songwriting began to take a darker feel. [5] Fragments of the band later became Tristania. [6]

Founding and Widow's Weeds, 1995–1998

Vibeke Stene joined Tristania at the age of 18, and was the band's soprano vocalist for over a decade. Tristania - vibeke stene 08.jpg
Vibeke Stene joined Tristania at the age of 18, and was the band's soprano vocalist for over a decade.

Tristania was founded in Stavanger, Norway by Einar Moen (keyboards), Morten Veland (vocals/guitar), and Kenneth Olsson (drums) in 1995. A few weeks later Anders Høyvik Hidle (guitars/vocals) and Rune Østerhus (bass) joined the band. Vibeke Stene was initially recruited as a guest singer for the demo recording in 1996, but she later joined as a regular member. According to Stene, she did not know she was in the band until she read an interview after Widow's Weeds was released. [7] In May 1997, the band entered the studio for the first time and recorded their demo in Klepp Lydstudio. During the summer of 1997 different labels showed interest in the demo. [8] Tristania signed with Napalm Records and released the EP Tristania.

Vibeke Stene Gothic metal soprano singer, ex female vocals of Tristania

Vibeke Stene is a Norwegian soprano. She is best known as the former vocalist in the gothic metal band, Tristania.

Tristania's first full-length album, Widow's Weeds , was recorded at the end of 1997 and released early 1998. Two guest performers who were involved in Widow's Weeds would later get more prominent roles on Tristania’s albums; singer Østen Bergøy (who would later become a full band member) and violinist Pete Johansen. Tristania got to do their first shows outside of Norway as support act for Lacrimosa in Belgium and at the Mind over Matter festival in Austria in August 1998. Later the same year Tristania went on their first European tour, with Solefald and Haggard.

<i>Widows Weeds</i> (Tristania album) 1998 studio album by Tristania

Widow's Weeds is the first full-length album by the Norwegian Gothic metal band Tristania.

Per Oscar "Pete" Johansen is a Norwegian violinist born 11 May 1962, recognized for his many recordings in albums by gothic metal bands, in which he is distinguished for his peculiar style. The Scarr is his latest known project.

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Beyond the Veil, 1999–2000

The band's second full-length album Beyond the Veil was released in 1999. As on the debut album, Moen and Veland wrote the majority of the music, but Moen and Hidle emerged as a songwriting team. Tristania went on their first headlining tour with The Sins of Thy Beloved, Trail of Tears and Antichrisis as support acts. The band also toured with Tiamat and Anathema in 1999. The band continued touring extensively in 2000. In December 2000 Veland and the rest of the band agreed on going separate ways, due to musical and personal differences. [9]

<i>Beyond the Veil</i> (album) 1999 studio album by Tristania

Beyond the Veil is the second full-length album by the Norwegian band Tristania. It is the last album to feature the band's former vocalist, guitarist and core songwriter, Morten Veland.

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Trail of Tears was a Norwegian gothic/symphonic black metal band originally formed in 1994 by Terje Heiseldal, Kjell Rune Hagen, Jonathan A Perez, Michael Krumins, and Ronny Thorsen, under the name of Natt. Through most of their career the band emphasised the use of contrasting soprano and death grunt vocals, except for the release of Free Fall into Fear in 2005, in which the band switched this contrast mostly to tenor and growls, with less frequent soprano passages. The band disbanded in 2013, being succeeded by Thorsen's project Viper Solfa.

World of Glass, 2001–2002

World of Glass was released in September 2001, with guest contributions from Ronny Thorsen, Johansen, and Barkved. The album added classical and industrial elements to Tristania's sound, and included the band's only cover version: "The Modern End," originally by Seigmen. Bergøy, now a permanent member of the band, also began to write lyrics on this album and became the band's main lyricist. Kjetil Ingebrethsen joined the band prior to the World of Glass tour on extreme vocals. On that tour Tristania was supported by Rotting Christ, Vintersorg, and Madder Mortem. More touring of Europe and Latin America followed in 2002.

Break, 2003–2004

For over two years the band took a break from performing live to focus solely on songwriting from 2003 throughout 2004.

Ashes 2005–2006

Vibeke Stene and Osten Bergoy during a concert at the Evolution Festival, 2006. Tristania @ Evolution Fest 2006.jpg
Vibeke Stene and Østen Bergøy during a concert at the Evolution Festival, 2006.

Ashes was released on SPV/Steamhammer Records in February 2005 and featured a stripped-down sound that de-emphasized the classical and operatic elements of the previous albums. The band then toured Europe and Latin America (sometimes without Moen, who chose to remain at home and focus on songwriting) [10] along with Nightwish, Gothminister, and Kreator. After the tours, Ingebrethsen decided to leave the band as he wanted to continue his musical career at a lower level. [11] The band decided not to recruit a replacement, and Hidle took over the growling vocals.

Illumination 2007

Tristania's fifth album, Illumination , was released in January 2007, with touring guitarist Svein Terje Solvang added as an official member. Vorph of Samael appeared as a guest singer and a string quartet appeared on several songs. Shortly after the release of the album, Vibeke Stene suddenly decided to quit her musical career in order to focus on family and her work as a teacher. [12] As a result, all planned touring activities were put on hold. In spring 2007, a few months after Stene left Tristania, the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish were going to announce the name of their new female vocalist. Due to Stene's recent departure from Tristania, it was widely discussed in the musical circles whether Vibeke would be inducted into Nightwish to replace Tarja Turunen. The rumor was quickly denied, however, when Stene said in an interview, "I am not the new singer in Nightwish." [13]

After holding auditions for a singer with a voice different than Stene's, Tristania recruited singer Mariangela Demurtas from Sardinia, Italy, who officially joined the band in October 2007.

Rubicon 2008–2012

Italian vocalist Mariangela Demurtas joined Tristania in 2007. Tristania 01.jpg
Italian vocalist Mariangela Demurtas joined Tristania in 2007.

Østerhus and Solvang both quit the band in 2008. Ole Vistnes joined as the new bassist and Gyri Losnegaard later joined as second guitarist. The new line-up featuring Demurtas on vocals debuted on 29 February 2008 at a festival appearance in Kiev, Ukraine. The next member to depart was drummer Kenneth Olsson, who was replaced by Tarald Lie; while singer Østen Bergøy scaled back to part-time status with the band due to family commitments. Kjetil Nordhus was added to the lineup on clean vocals. The band's sixth album, Rubicon , was released on 25 August 2010.

After the Out of the Dark Festival on 2 October 2011, the Hungarian Lambda Team released a freeware PC game about Tristania, named Tristania 3D. [14]

On 15 December, the band confirmed a new full-length album on their website for late May 2013, which was going to be called Darkest White. [15]

Darkest White 2013–present

Darkest White was recorded in January 2013. [16] The album was critically well received, and often considered the "real come back" for the band after former vocalist Vibeke Stene left the band in 2007. Sputnikmusic stated that with Darkest White "they have actually outdone themselves," while "being the same band who released Rubicon ." [17] The album was praised for its "exploration of dark, desolate beauty" mood and "emotional thread". [18] Another aspect that was well received was the "flawlessly accomplished" three-vocalist style driven throughout the album with the harsh vocals from Anders H. Hidle, the clean vocals from the returning Kjetil Nordhus, and Mariangela Demurtas' female vocals. The combination of this three vocalists was considered "intelligent" and "diligent." [19] [17]

Music

Tristania stood apart from the other bands of the genre with their use of three distinct vocal styles in the "operatic soprano Vibeke Stene, clean-singing baritone Østen Bergøy, and harsh, black metal-style shrieker Morten Veland". [20] Their second album Beyond the Veil in 1999 made use of a ten members choir and featured violin passages from Pete Johansen of The Sins of Thy Beloved, [21] earning "rave reviews" across Europe. [20] By then, the band had risen to "the top of the goth metal heap" [22] with their "lush, symphonically enhanced" approach. [20] They were "dealt a potentially crippling blow" when singer, guitarist and principal composer Veland left the group to form Sirenia. [20] Tristania has continued to prosper with subsequent releases [23] and has since been "regarded as one of the world's premiere goth metal bands". [20]

Discography

Studio Albums

Band members

Current members

Former members

Timeline

Tristania (band)

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