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Tristania

Formed: 1996
From: Stavanger, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Tristania News

Below is our complete Tristania news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Tristania To Support Dark Tranquillity In Europe

Norwegian gothic metal act Tristania will support Dark Tranquility in the upcoming "European Construct" tour beginning in London this November 7th. The band is promoting its current album "Darkest White," which was issued back at the end of May via Napalm Records.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

Nov 07: London – The Underworld
Nov 08: Vosselaar – Biebob
Nov 09: Rotterdam – Baroeg
Nov 10: Tilburg – 013
Nov 11: Köln – Underground
Nov 12: Colmar – Grillen
Nov 13: Paris – Trabendo
Nov 14: Lyon – CCO
Nov 15: Barcelona – Salamandra 1
Nov 16: Pamplona – Totem
Nov 17: Porto – Hard Club (Sala 2)
Nov 18: Lisbon – Paradise Garage
Nov 19: Madrid – Arena
Nov 20: Toulon – Vox
Nov 21: Treviso – New Age
Nov 22: Novara – Rock N’ Roll
Nov 23: Pinarella – Rock Planet
Nov 25: Zagreb – Mochvara
Nov 26: München – Hansa 39
Nov 27: Prague – Exit Chmelnice
Nov 28: Wienna – Szene
Nov 29: Graz – Orpheum
Dec 01: Lucerne – Konzerthaus Schüür
Dec 02: Solothurn – Kofmehl
Dec 03: Stuttgart – Universum
Dec 04: Frankfurt – Batschkapp
Dec 05: Berlin – Magnet
Dec 06: Essen – Zeche Carl

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Tristania Issues Track-By-Track Breakdown

Norwegian act Tristania will be releasing new album "Darkest White" this coming May 31st, 2013. The band has now posted a final studio report online with comments on all the tracks from the release. You can read the full report at the band's website here, and excerpts from the track-by-track breakdown follow:

"Darkest White is brutal in its nature, yet very catchy. The verses include quite harsh and distorted vocals by Kjetil and the growling takes over in the chorus. As mentioned in the last part of the studio report, we started the guitar recordings with this song. I remember flying high after listening to the new recording with the amazing guitar sounds Christer had created. The shouting choir in the chorus is a mixture of vocals by Kjetil and me. Like with all of these new songs, I love Tarald’s lyrics for this one. The title was early suggested as an album title. This is the first piece of music we have presented from the album. The feedback has been quite overwhelming.

"Himmelfall is the first Tristania song to date with a Norwegian title. The song features some amazing vocal performances by Mariangela and Kjetil. Kjetil does some really cool low-pitched lines in the verses and Mariangela shines in the choruses where she is doing really powerful stuff.
I think Himmelfall will be a great song to include in our live set. It has a nice heavy and bombastic feel that goes through the entire song. We started to rehearse a live version of it for the upcoming festivals, and it really sounds promising. More...

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Tristania Streaming New Album's Title Track

Tristania has released a new song online titled "Darkest White," which is the title track off the upcoming album due out May 31st, 2013. Check out the song below. This new album will follow the band's 2010 release "Rubicon," and it was produced by Christer André Cederberg and features cover art painted by Eliran Kantor.

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Tristania Releases New Album Teaser

Tristania has announced new album "Darkest White" is due out via Napalm Records this coming May 31st, 2013.

A teaser trailer for the release is now available online and can be viewed below. You can also read a recent studio report from the band, and find the cover artwork, at this location.

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Tristania Issues New Album Studio Report

Gothic metal act Tristania will be releasing new album "Darkest White" via Napalm Records on May 31st, 2013. Tristania guitarist Anders has now posted an extensive studio report online via the band's website here, and excerpts from the studio report follow:

"It has been a few weeks since we completed the recordings for our 7th album, Darkest White. It has been intense. Everything recorded within one month. That’s very fast for a band like Tristania (shortest recording period so far), especially considering our four singers and the detailed arrangements. It has been long days and nights in four different studios. Rich amounts of stress, pressure, frustration and minimal sleep. But definitely worth it.

"While I’m writing this, the album is finally completed, and we’ve just received the final mastered version of the album. We are very proud of the finished product. For the first time I can honestly say that I’m 100% satisfied with the sound on a Tristania album. Even more remarkable for me, it’s the first time I can say that the general vibe of the final result turned out exactly as I was hoping for – only better.

"When entering studio to record an album, you always have goals for how you want the songs to end up; some kind of vision you want to fulfill. It is not always easy to describe with words, but you know exactly how you want the vibe of the album to be at the end of the day. This time around we wanted these songs to sound brutal, intense and full of energy. The sound on our two previous albums has been quite clean and controlled. It was obvious that these songs deserved a different approach. More...

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Tristania Reveals New Album Cover Artwork

Tristania has now revealed the cover artwork for new album "Darkest White," which was created by metal cover artist favorite Eliran Kantor. The album is due out via Napalm Records on May 31st, 2013.

According to a press release, with "Darkest White" Tristania ventures into a considerably darker soundscape than on the previous album, both musically and lyrically. The emotional span of the album is bigger, ranging from the most brutal primal aggression to the most fragile and poignant moments. The album features an array of grand arrangements, doomy moods, and elaborate harmonies blended with intense growling: a flamboyant display of outstanding vocal performances.

Tristania's Ole Vistnes comments: "After the release of Rubicon in 2010, I felt that we had opened the door to our new musical landscape, but that we still had a lot of places to explore creatively. With Darkest White we have dug deeper, searched wider and reached higher to create the most musically challenging and emotionally involving album we possibly could. Like all Tristania albums, I feel this one is detached from musical rules and genre expectations, and perfectly represents the musical freedom that I so much love about Tristania.

"During the writing and recording of the album we worked hard to create the album we had in our minds, but we were also careful to let the songs live a life on their own. We didn’t set out to make the album technically outstanding or theoretically perfect, but we followed our hearts in all parts of the writing and production. I’m proud of Darkest White, mostly because of the uncompromising honesty and attitude that saturated everything from the songwriting and recording to the mix." More...

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Tristania Posts New Album Trailer

Tristania has released a musical teaser from the band's upcoming album, which is due for a May 2013 release. Check out the clip below. Tristania entered the studio earlier this month to record the new release. This new album will follow the band's 2010 release "Rubicon."

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Tristania Begins Recording New Album

Tristania has checked in with the following statement about recording an upcoming new album:

"Friday January 4th 2013 marked the start of the recording process for Tristania’s seventh full length album, to be released through Napalm Records late May.

"The first part of the recording sessions (drums) will go ahead in Tanken Studio with engineer Fredrik Wallumrød, before the band moves to another studio where they will join the producer of the album. More news about that to come.

"The first day went to working on finding the right microphones and equipment, while the recording started today. Tristania’s social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) will be updated regularly throughout the recording process."

This new album will follow the band's 2010 release "Rubicon." Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Sound Storm To Support Tristania On European Tour

Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm announced the first leg of the European Tour 2012 in support of Norwegian gothic metal act Tristania in September. The shows will feature new keyboardist Davide Cristofoli, who recently joined the band this month. Confirmed dates are as follows:

14.09 Dordrecht - Bibelot (NL)
15.09 Mons - On air studio (BEL)
16.09 Zoetermeer - Boerderij (NL)
17.09 London - Underworld (UK)
18.09 Paris - Glaz art (FRA)
20.09 Irun - Tunk (SPA)
21.09 Madrid - Carasol (SPA)
22.09 Barcelona - Mephisto (SPA)
23.09 Marseille - Poste a galene (FRA)
25.09 Osnabruck - Bastard club (GER)
26.09 Berling - K17 (GER)
27.09 Pratteln - Z7 (SWI)
28.09 Frankfurt - Nachtleben (GER)
29.09 Essen - Turock (GER)

The band is happy to meet old and new fans at each venue. Sound Storm is also planning to release some additional news over the course of the next few days. More...

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Channel Zero Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:

"Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium's premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!"

The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed: More...

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Tristania Vocalist Guesting On Trollfest Album

Norwegian band Trollfest is in the process of recording the new album "Brumlebassen," and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about recruiting Mariangela from Tristania to appear on the album:

"Yesterday Mariangela from Tristania stopped by to do some guest vocals for TrollfesT. This is the first time we have had the honour of having female vocals in our music!

"This albums never stops to surprise us, and we find ourselves trying new stuff all the time! Having 'fun' recording this album is a great understatement! Mariangela delivered some killer vocals and its going to be exciting to hear the end result!"

You can also find recently posted studio footage from Trollfest by heading over to this location.

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Atheist Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:

"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...

"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...

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Hell and Heaven Fest Lineup Announced

MEGADETH is confirmed to play the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Hell And Heaven Metal Fest is currently the only open air metal festival in Mexico. The festival had its first edition in October 2010 with three stages and 40 bands. The festival is dedicated to metal, but tries to balance genres such as heavy, glam, metalcore, thrash, speed, death, black and industrial metal.

This year the promoters expect to have a 20,000 audience and have confirmed 57 bands on four stages. The full line-up for the festival is as follows:

MEGADETH (USA)
OVERKILL (USA)
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
MOONSPELL (PORTUGAL)
KATAKLYSM (CANADA)
DESTRUCTION (ALEMANIA)
MAYAN (HOLANDA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
TRISTANIA (NORUEGA)
WEHRMACHT (USA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
PROFECIA (USA)

Plus the following Mexican bands: More...

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Suffocation Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Suffocation is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which sets sail on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas" from Miami, FL. So far 22 of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed. The current list is as follows:

AMORPHIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Tristania Headed To Mexico For Festival

Tristania bass player Ole Vistnes has checked in with the following announcement about the band playing the "Heaven and Hell" fest in Mexico:

"Tristania join forces with Megadeth to make November's 'Hell and Heaven Fest' in Guadalajara, Mexico a festival to remember.

"Mexico has an important place in all the Tristania members hearts. We're always made feel very welcome in Mexico, and although we played there only a few months ago, we're absolutely delighted to being able to return for the Hell and Heaven Fest.

"And of course it's an honour to share the stage with Megadeth. Tristania will play at the 'Hell and Heaven Fest' on November 19th. Confirmed bands until now are Megadeth, Tristania, Overkill, Kataklysm and Destruction."

Further details on the festival are available at this location. In other Tristania news, the band was also confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. More information can be found here.

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Cannibal Corpse To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Cannibal Corpse is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. The currently announced acts (with 19 of 40 being confirmed so far) are as follows:

AMORPHIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE

The cruise will sail Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27th, 2012.

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