REVIEW: TRISTANIA – “Darkest White”

Tristania. A name that carries heavy and grieving history. There’s no fan of the gothic, death/doom metal scene that has not heard them and praised “Beyond the Veil“. Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, Tristania is back with their 7th studio album entitled “Darkest White” released via Napalm Records. And what a pleasant surprise it is.

tristaniaThroughout their career Tristania established their name as one of the most critical and influential bands in the scene, there’s no doubt about that. Sure, some fans may be divided by the variations of their sound lately but this shouldn’t be a reason to keep you away from “Darkest White“. On the contrary, the new album sounds very appealing to new and older fans.

Right off the bat, the opener “Number” sets the mood with it’s tense approach and sensational character. Mariangela’s sound is well adopted by the band which seems to explore new musical avenues, consolidating fresh and present elements in their compositions while maintaining their identity. The aura maneuvers from dark to light, from black to white. Everything convey a peaceful temper in this record, from the tempos to the melodies. There are still some aggressive outbursts every now and then but in general “Darkest White” inspires a mellifluous state of mind.

The keyboards give way to heavier guitars and ponderous drums, while the synergy between the three different kinds of vocals is diminished. Mariangela’s confidence is much more prominent; an indication that she has found her place in the band. “Requiem” is a prime example of her exceptional voice and paramount performance. Kjetil’s vocals personify the bands gothic front and manner with the most alluring way. Musically there are certainly some nods to their past, however there are few new aspects rounding up this afresh era of Tristania.

The production is fair and well-balanced and the album cover a true testament to the bands antiquity. Absolutely severely wonderful. It serves the music very well. My personal highlights include “Himmerfall“, “Requiem“, “Darkest White“, “Diagnosis” and “Lavender“. Truth is the more I listen to the record, the better it sounds and the more I enjoy it. There are many details and hints to be discovered and with every pass, my musical appetite amplifies.

Tristania is a band with an enduring and blossoming career, that is a known fact. “Darkest White” is both an argument and an invitation to other bands, not to get cemented in their comfort zone but to keep advancing their sound and purview new levels. Definitely one of their best releases in the last years and a reminder that it’s good to cherish the “Beyond the Veil” days but it’s time to welcome a new and inspiring epoch.

RATING: 8 / 10

Darkest White” – Track list:

01. Number
02. Darkest White
03. Himmelfal
04. Requiem
05. Diagnosis
06. Scarling
07. Night on Earth
08. Cathedral
09. Lavender
10. Cypher
11. Arteries

Tristania is:

Mariangela Demurtas – Vocals
Kjetil Nordhus – Vocals
Anders Høyvik Hidle – Guitars & vocals
Ole Vistnes – Bass & backing vocals
Gyri Losnegaard – Guitars
Einar Moen – Keyboaards
Tarald Lie – Drums



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Posted on June 1, 2013, in Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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