Tristania are a Gothic Metal
band from Norway.
The lovely Vibeke Stene was initially recruited as a guest singer for the demo recording, but she later joined as a regular member. During the summer of 1997 different labels showed interest in the demo. Tristania signed with Napalm Records and released the EP Tristania.
Tristania's first full-length album, Widow's Weeds, was recorded at the end of 1997 and released early 1998. The album is symphonic metal with elements from a large variety of genres including gothic metal, death metal, classical music, and black metal.
The band's second full length album Beyond the Veil was released in 1999. In December 2000 Veland and the rest of the band agreed on going separate ways, due to musical and personal differences. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
The demo for the seventh album that gave birth to the final version of the songs in Darkest White were produced between June and September 2012. Soon after, the band reajusted the songs by themselves, in an improvised studio at Ole Vistnes' apartament, between September and December 2012. On January 2013, the band enetered the studio to make the definitive recordings of the album, finishing in less than a month, the band's shortest recording period so far
- Anders Høyvik Hidle – guitars (1995–) / harsh vocals (2006–)
- Einar Moen – synth, programming (1995–)
- Mariangela Demurtas – vocals (2007–)
- Gyri Smørdal Losnegaard – guitars (2009–)
- Ole Vistnes – bass, backing vocals (2009–)
- Tarald Lie Jr. – drums (2010–)
- Kjetil Nordhus – vocals, acoustic guitars (2010–)
Notable Past Members:
- Morten Veland – harsh vocals, guitars (1995–2000)
- Vibeke Stene – vocals (1997–2007)
- Østen Bergøy – vocals (2001–2010)
- Widow's Weeds (1998)
- Beyond the Veil (1999)
- World of Glass (2001)
- Ashes (2005)
- Illumination (2007)
- Rubicon (2010)
- Darkest White (2013)
This band displays the examples of these tropes:
- Ambiguously Brown: Mariangela
- Bald of Awesome: Kjetil Nordhus
- Costume Porn: Vibeke and Mariangela wear some truly beautiful outfits live.
- Cover Version: "The Modern End" by Seigmen
- Creative Differences: One of the reasons Morten left.
- Averted with Vibeke, who left to become a singing teacher, and Østen Bergøy, who became a father.
- Darker and Edgier: Ashes lacked the symphonic elements and was overall moreso on a lyrical level as well as a musical one.
- Despair Event Horizon: The main lyrical theme.
- Epic Rocking: A lot of their songs are quite long, the longer songs on average, being 7 to 8 minutes, with "Midwintertears" being the longest, at 8:32.
- Genre-Busting: Symphonic Gothic Metal with touches of Death Metal and Black Metal.
- Gothic Metal: The poster band for the Norwegian Gothic Metal scene.
- Harsh Vocals: Generally range between blackened screams or higher-pitched growls.
- I Am the Band: Anders Høyvik Hidle
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Varies greatly, but it generally ranges from a 2 to a hard 8
- Religion Rant Song: Quite a few.
- Revolving Door Band: To the point where only two members that found the band are still around.
- Soprano and Gravel Vibeke and Mariangela(Soprano), Morten and Anders(Harsh), and Kjetil and Osten (Tenor)
- Special Guest: Vorph of Samael provides guest vocals on "Mercyside", "The Ravens" and "In The Wake" off Illumination.
- Start My Own: Morten Veland left due to musical and personal differences and went on to form Sirenia.
- When Stene decided that she would be returning to the music industry, she would be joining the new band God Of Atheists, featuring Ihsahn and Trym of Emperor and ICS Vortex, formerly of Dimmu Borgir.
- Symphonic Metal
- Token Minority: Mariangela Demurtas is actually Italian.
- Vocal Dissonance: Kjetil Nordhus is the one that does the clean vocals. The younger and smaller man, Anders does the harsh vocals. It'd look like it'd be the other way around.
- What Could Have Been: There were rumors 2007 about Vibeke joining Nightwish, around the same time original Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen was fired. She quickly dispelled this rumor though.
- Woman in Black: Both Stene and Demurtas.