Tristania - Rubicon


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Release date: 25 August 2010
Style: Gothic metal

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01. Year Of The Rat
02. Protection
03. Patriot Games
04. The Passing
05. Exile
06. Sirens
07. The Emerald Piper [Limited Edition bonus]
08. Vulture
09. Amnesia
10. Magical Fix
11. Illumination
12. Caprice [bonus]

The Best Gothic Metal Album Of 2010

Line-up
Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas - vocals
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Anders Høyvik Hidle - guitars, vocals
Ole Vistnes - bass, keyboards, vocals
Gyri Smørdal Losnegård - guitars
Tarald Lie Jr. - drums
Einar Moen - keyboards

Session musicians
Østen Bergøy - vocals
Pete Johansen - violin
Sigmund Olgart Vegge - vocals

Additional info
Drums recorded in Tanken Studio, Oslo by Fredrik Wallumrød, January 2010.
Guitars, bass and violin recorded in K-Lab Studio, Stavanger by Anders Høyvik Hidle and Ole Vistnes, February 2010.
Vocals recorded in Amadeus Studio, Oslo by Sigmund Vegge and Waldemar Sorychta, February and March 2010.
Mixed by Waldemar Sorychta and Dennis Koehne in Flying Pigs Studio, April 2010.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers, May 2010.

Produced by Anders Høyvik Hidle and Ole Vistnes.
Co-produced by Waldemar Sorychta.

Photos and front cover artwork by angst-im-wald.
Booklet design by Tinko Georgiev.

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten
Rating:
7.7
Tristania is for one more time in the controversial eye of the cyclone. The first time was when Morten Veland ceased to be a member of the band. The second was when the charismatic and adored by the fans of the band (and of gothic metal as well), Vibeke Stene, left. But the flames of controversy hadn't risen that much, not until recently when their 6th full-length album came to the surface, the 1st with Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas on the female vocals. Yet, this isn't the only change on the line-up, only two of the founding members remain in the ranks of Tristania, Anders Høyvik Hidle and Einar Moen, although Osten still partakes as a guest vocalist which is very welcome, he has also written half the lyrics of the album.

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published 13.09.2010 | Comments (25)

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22.02.2015 - 18:56
Rating: 10
Susan
Smeghead
Rubicon continues to entice me after nearly 5 years. A new era was introduced for a band with several amazing "eras" already; a band who continuously reinvents themselves with huge success.

The fact that so many Metal Stormers don't love their newer works DOES make sense. If their last 4 albums were released under a different band name, or at least the last 2 albums, they would have been very well received here. It's hard for many fans to watch bands evolve so much and to travel so far from their roots, their roots to which we already have an emotional connection. It makes people feel left behind, sadly.

It's easy to remember just the nostalgia and say that we miss Vibeke but Illumination was very, very poorly received here, as was Ashes. Vibeke sang beautifully on both of those. Even the incredible World Of Glass was answered with cries of "we miss Morton" and "RIP Tristania." They persevere, they have with every album since the very beginning. "Tristania" is an idea always being reborn. Even Beyond The Veil was an evolution away from Widow's Weeds.

Rubicon is an adventure that I love taking, listen after listen. I consider each Tristania album to be a wonderful journey and a unique moment, but Rubicon certainly does hold a special place for bringing the aching beauty of music to such a soaring height.
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"A life all mine
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At the end of my days"
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19.03.2015 - 10:52
Rating: 3
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
I listened to this album one more time to just see what's that I dislike so much about it.

Honestly, I have nothing against this vocalist change in Tristania as long as the new one could deliver the same sort of feelings I could get from any strong musical attempt. No ! Not at all,

I don't mean again that Tristania must have been always going on with the same style or structure of songs. Let's just see this album regardless of who made it and what is the background.

Seriously, it's not a quality music, some songs are too bad that I can't even go on with listening to them up to the end. This is not what I call "evolution", it's exactly the other way round, 1000s of steps backward. But what makes me terribly disappointed that it could be ok if it was published under another band name, but unfortunately it seems that all the appreciation they received is due to the name "Tristania". Really, this album is one of weakest albums in genre, even in comparison to the other weak bands with the same style that released albums in the same year, they could stand on top of it without even trying, but actually they're not named " Tristania".

It's interesting to see such things happen, that a band gets this much of attention while the album is not worth it.
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01.05.2015 - 15:19
Dima
Ehh if this was measured on a pH scale it'd be purple. Dunno why I had it at a 7 this whole time.
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01.05.2015 - 20:22
AnGina--
Dark Phoenix
Written by Susan on 22.02.2015 at 18:56
It's hard for many fans to watch bands evolve so much and to travel so far from their roots, their roots to which we already have an emotional connection. It makes people feel left behind, sadly.


In one word: word.

In more words: I agree. As I was listening to the new Sirenia album lately, I took a trip down the memory lane and dug up Beyond The Veil, which I still consider one of my all time favourite albums. And yes, it's exactly that: a nostalgic trip down the memory lane with a strong emotional connection. When I discovered Tristania, it was something so new, ravishing, brilliant to me, that as I unveiled their music song by song, it took my breath away every single time. The reason I fell with it because their sound was unique; so dense, so rich and the atmosphere was so strong and powerful. Even with World Of Glass. It didn't matter that Veland was gone, because World of Glass was stylistically still very close to Beyond The Veil.

Ashes turned the table, the sound became more organic and raw. I still remember I was very disappointed by it, but with time, I got to appreaciate it, I just needed to look at it from a different perspective. Even the last three albums came to my liking, but still, on those three albums I feel they have some amazing songs, while the other don't impress me at all. No matter what, I like seeing what Tristania have become and if the music they make is to their liking and they feel they are telling the world what they want to tell, is absolutely fine by me. I respect and honour that. I just didn't get the "wow" effect, like I don't in so many other albums, regardless of the genre or band name. I came to acknowledge it's easiest for me to state I like/dislike an album, rather than the band itself.
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