Tristania - World Of Glass review
|Album:||World Of Glass|
|Release date:||September 2001|
01. The Shining Path
03. Tender Trip On Earth
06. Selling Out
07. Hatred Grows
08. World Of Glass
09. Crushed Dreams
10. The Modern End [Seigmen cover] [bonus]
Third effort of one of the best gothic bands of Norway, with Mortem Veland gone, the questions popped out... Is it as good as Beyond The Veil? Is the band is taking a new direction?Electronic elements will take over as they did with Theatre Of Tragedy and Paradise Lost?
Well, I'm gladly to say that yes, no and no! Yes is a very good album! (I don't know if better than Beyond The Veil though...]. No, the black/gothic/dark sound is still there! And NO there aren't any electronic elements present! [Well a little bit...].
The music itself is really beautiful (I think I use this word too much) but it is!! Just listen to the wonderful (and beautiful) soprano voice of Vibeke Stene, the folky violins, the Gregorian choirs... The lyrics are great too, just take a look at 'Tender Trip On Earth', 'Selling Out' and 'World Of Glass'. The whole album is filled with dark passages in contrast with the female voice and the growls provided by Trail of Tear's Ronny Thorsen.
The songs are really complex and some of them are very hard to digest, but give them time, you will love every single one of them, among my favorites are 'Tender Trip On Earth', which starts on a fast pace and slows down as the song goes on. This song features a catchy chorus and clear vocals. 'Selling Out' is a difficult song to review, since it is very experimental, clean male vocals as the song begins, Aneke's voice, and then comes the growls followed by the chorus... 'Deadlocked' is a very original song and a surprise on the album, since it is a "balladesque" song.
Overall Tristania gave us a very diversified album, different from Beyond The Veil, less aggressive, more experimental. Tristania have move a step forward, hardcore fans of Beyond The Veil, try before you buy. And if you haven't heard of tristania, this Cd might be a good start.
|What is gothic metal today? Is gothic a good female voice togheter with a male growling? Trisiania thinks so. Now at their third full-lenghth album (without considering the debut EP "Tristania") we can immediatly notice that they slightly changed their style: the artwork indeed transmits us (???) the sensation of a cold World Of Glass, but it has changed from the usual Gothic atmospheres.
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