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Album : Tristania 1997
Shadowcast upon my heart
endark. thy bleak midwintertears
condemned to mourn in silence
The pale moonrise in her eyes
Serene. like a frozen stream
the flowing beauty in thy tears
I crave for thee my once beloved
Beyond. the veils of darkness lost
where now thy roses wrapped in dusk
I suffer thy fullmoonnights
Trespass my undesired darkness
Tears. flowing through thy dreams
the seventh fullmoon rise
I drown in dusk and dark rivers
Summon all my dreams
like roses on your epigraph
written in my tears
thy sorrow and my bleeding heart
She comes so serene
my fallen beauty crowned with leaves
Take me to thy dream
Thy candle will forever burn in me.
Tristania Biography :
Tristania was formed at the end of 1996 by Morten Veland, Einar Moen and Kenneth Olsson from the remains of their previous band Uzi Suicide. Later, Anders H. Hidle and Vibeke Stene joined the band, along with bassist Rune Osterhus. In May 1997 their first EP, Tristania, was released. The same year Tristania released its first full length album, Widow's Weeds. A year later, following the Angina single, they recorded their second full length album, titled Beyond the Veil, which is thought by many fans to be not only the best Tristania project but also the album which best represents the band's sound. The music is considered very atmospheric and full of deep melodic passion. Morten Veland was by then almost like a leader to the group, as he composed most of their works, wrote lyrics, played guitar and sang growling vocals. He was fired (according to his version of events) from the band after the release of Beyond the Veil due to what the remaining members refer to only as 'musical and social differences'.
In 2001 their third album, World of Glass was released. This album was a little different in style and the departure of Veland was significant, as the sound of this album was a combination of typical 'Tristanian' sound. The growling vocals on this album were sung by Ronny Thorsen, a member of Trail of Tears, and the clean vocals were sung by Jan Kenneth Barkverd and ?sten Berg?y. Berg?y then joined the band as a permanent member, and so did Kjetil Ingebrethsen, who was in charge of singing growling vocals.
Vibeke SteneWorld of Glass was released in September 2001, and the album represents the natural next step for the band, after Widow's Weeds and Beyond The Veil, and the band managed both to keep the 'tristanian' sound and the basic elements in the music, as well as to have development and natural progress. The musical diversity that always has been important for the band became even clearer with World of Glass. This album also included the first ever cover-version recorded by Tristania, called The Modern End, originally recorded by the legendary Norwegian band Seigmen.
The band's latest album - Ashes (2005) - was the first of Tristania's albums on the SPV label after their contract with Napalm Records expired. The album takes the once heavily atmospheric gothic sound of the band and replaces it with a decidedly more progressive style. The choirs are gone, as are the more challenging vocal parts reminiscent of World of Glass and Beyond the Veil. Hidle and Einar Moen add their vocals to certain tracks on the album. Two of the songs were actually written by the Tristania.com webmaster, Kjartan Hermansen ('Libre' and 'Circus') while the song 'The Wretched' is based on 'Ascending: Descending' ? a poem by Hermansen. Also on Ashes, the violins of Pete Johansen ? which so often accompanied the previous Tristania albums ? were replaced by the cello melodies of Hans Josef Groh. The album marked a lyrical and musical simplification of the band from the days of Morten Veland, more so than the first album without Veland, World of Glass.
The Ashes Tour in Europe (minus Einar Moen, who remained at home to work on more material for the band, but is still an active member) brought about another change for the band, the addition of a second guitarist ? Svein Terje Solvang ? who previously played with the band for touring purposes. His addition to the band as a permanent member in May 2005 is the first time Tristania has had a two-guitarist team since Beyond the Veil.
In April 2006, Kjetil Ingebrethsen left Tristania to embark on a lower level musical career.
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