I remember the first time I listened Tristania was back in 1999, then see them live in 2001, and how their sound at that time blew my mind into tiny little pieces. I used to listen the Beyond The Veil back to back for hours. It was so new, so dark, so deep. Only compared with early Theater of Tragedy or The Sins Of Thy Beloved. Unfortunately that time is gone now, and Tristania has transcended to a different style of band that still keeps me at the edge of my seat with every album they release, but in a different way
Darkest White is not the exception to the feeling every time I hear something new from this band, as the album is a reflection of where the band is now, and their journey during the last 15 years of musical career. The album opens with Number, a song that has some industrial and electronic elements with a strong guttural voice that is eclipsed by the beautiful voice of Mariangela Demurtas, and that shows how complex Tristania could be. Darkest White is a more groovy song full of experimental textures that make the song stand up on its own, really catchy and enjoyable. Himmerfall, is a melodic song full of deep clean vocals that remind me to old Tiamat or Crematory, the guitar riffs here are really laid back and easy to enjoy.
Requiem and Diagnosis became those kind of songs on this album that showcase the potential and beautiful voice of Mariangela Demurtas, really melancholic and emotive to the point of almost bringing your heart to a total stop. Scarling, it’s more of a modern progressive song with electronic elements, and a deep vocal work that has a lot of influence from bands like Muse or Radiohead. Night On Earth, is heavy and melodic song full of nice ambient moments and minimalistic moments that it would stick with you for the rest of the day.
Lavender, is the soft song of the album that sneak at you with clean male vocals that you make you look at the song title to make sure is Tristania, a very experimental, but a good song nonetheless. Cypher and Arteries closed the album with a more melodic touch, full of textures that combined with progressive elements, it makes this album a definitive must have this summer.
Tristania has evolved once again from a sound to another, their flexibility at the time to create music shows the musical legacy, that not only they are in touch with the modern state of metal, but with Darkest White the crafted their own way into it. I am really excited about what they can do next, I’m just hoping we don’t have to wait too long for it.
02. Darkest White
07. Night on Earth
08. Cathedral (limited-edition bonus track)
Genre: Gothic Metal
Record Label: Napalm Records
Playing Time: 51 minutes
Mariangela Demurtas (vocals)
Kjetil Nordhus (vocals)
Anders Høyvik Hidle (guitar and vocals)
Ole Vistnes (bass and backing vocals)
Gyri Losnegaard (guitar)
Einar Moen (keyboards)
Tarald Lie (drums)