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Trail of Tears

Formed: 1994
From: Kristiansand, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Trail of Tears News

Below is our complete Trail of Tears 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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Trail Of Tears Streaming New Album's Title Track

Trail of Tears is set to release new album "Oscillation" this coming April 26th, 2013. The title track is now available for streaming through the player below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Waves of Existence
2. Scream Out Loud
3. Crimson Leads on the Trail of Tears
4. Oscillation
5. Path of Destruction
6. Vultures Guard My Shadow
7. The Dawning
8. Room 306
9. Our Grave Philosophy
10. Lost in Life
11. Eradicate More...

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Andy Winter Releases New Album

Andy Winter is behind several noteworthy releases in the more progressive and avant-garde spectrum of the Norwegian post-black metal scene, and now he has released his own new album "Incomprehensible."

The album was produced by Andy Winter himself, mixed by Shaun Thingvold, mastered by Maor Appelbaum, and features artwork by Travis Smith. Samples from all the tracks on the album are now available for streaming via Amazon here.

The track listing is as follows (guest musician appearances listed in parentheses):

1. Reversed Psychological Patterns (Agnete M. Kirkevaag of Madder Mortem)
2. My Illusions Are My Own (John Haughm of Agalloch)
3. Perfection Is The Blank Page (Kjetil Nordhus of Tristania, Trail of Tears & Green Carnation)
4. Somewhere Else To Disappear (Dan Swanö of Nightingale & Bloodbath)
5. Through The Eyes Of A Surrealist (Lars A. Nedland of Borknagar, Solefald & Age of Silence)
6. Far Beyond Autopilot (Heidi S. Tveitan of Star of Ash & Peccatum)
7. The Transversal Conjecture (Paul Kuhr of Novembers Doom & Subterranean Masquerade)
8. Back To Square Two (Lars E. Si of Winds, Before the Dawn & Sensa Anima) More...

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Trail Of Tears Reveals New Album Details

Trail of Tears is happy to announce that the band has signed to Germany's Massacre Records for the release of new album "Oscillation" on March 22nd, 2013. Comments Ronny Thorsen:

"After a recording process full of challenges we are very happy to announce the signing to Massacre Records for our seventh album Oscillation. Massacre has a long history and a strong reputation and has shown interest and support towards the band for a long time. We look forward to detonate Oscillation upon you all through the channels of Massacre!"

The track listing will be:

1. Waves of Existence
2. Scream Out Loud
3. Crimson Leads on the Trail of Tears
4. Oscillation
5. Path of Destruction
6. Vultures Guard My Shadow
7. The Dawning
8. Room 306
9. Our Grave Philosophy
10. Lost in Life
11. Eradicate More...

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Trail Of Tears Reveals "Oscillation" Artwork

Trail of Tears has issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's upcoming new album:

"Boys and girls, as promised here it is: the cover artwork for Trail of Tears 7th full-length album, courtesy of the amazing Jan Yrlund! OSCILLATION will be released early 2013, stay tuned for more info!"

Check out the artwork below, and more info on Trail of Tears is available via Facebook. More...

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Trail Of Tears Cancels Shows In Brazil, Argentina

Norwegian band Trail of Tears has posted the following announcement online about canceling upcoming tour dates:

"It is with regret and a big portion of anger that we have to announce the cancellation of the shows in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 10th and 11th respectively.

"The reason for the cancellation is a breach of contract made by the Argentinian promoter Fiction Press, who failed to provide the agreed advances to cover flights and other costs. As a result it is impossible for the band to travel to Brazil only as it would involve a huge loss for everyone involved.

"We did a lot of work and put a lot of efforts into making these two shows as it has been our firm determination to come to play for our Latin brothers and sisters. Once again the Latin metal community, the greatest fans in the world, are suffering for what can only be described as equally terrible and useless promoters.

"Refunds should be directed to the source of purchase and once more we apologise for having to write this. We surely wish that we didn`t have to."

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Trail Of Tears Posts Video Blog Online

Norwegian act Trail of Tears, which recruited new drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow back in March, has now posted a video report online from the band's recent live appearance in Belarus. Check out the clip in the player available below.

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Trail Of Tears Announces New Drummer

Trail of Tears announced the departure of drummer Cato Jensen back in January. The band has now issued the following statement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: here he is! The new Trail of Tears drummer, Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow. We are looking very much forward to hit the road together and hope that you will all give him a warm welcome!"

For more details on Trail of Tears, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Trail Of Tears Splits With Drummer

Trail of Tears has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:

"Today we have to announce that our long-time drummer Cato Jensen has parted ways with the band.

"Cato has decided to make some changes in his life and focus on other priorities. While the band was more than willing to continue the co-operation, we have to accept and support Cato`s decision that it would be too hard to combine these changes with playing in a band that demands a lot of focus and dedication. We want to thank our friend Cato for his commitment over the years and wish him all the best for the future.

"This brings us to announce that Trail of Tears is hereby looking for a new person to fill the drum stool. Interested candidates should have both studio and live experience, must be dedicated, and able and willing to tour.

"The band is currently putting the finishing touches to their seventh album and festivals and tour dates around the world has been booked for 2012 with more to follow.

"Interested candidates (preferably European residents), can contact ronny@trailoftears.no
Make sure that you include your personal information, biography, a photo and some video links to your work."

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Trail Of Tears Completes Work On New LP

Norwegian symphonic black metal band Trail of Tears have completed work on the seventh full length LP with producer Terje Refsne. The untitled new LP was recorded at Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France.

A short in studio clip was posted by the band and can be see here:

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Operatika To Make Festival Appearance

New Jersey symphonic metal act Operatika has announced that it will perform at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest, set to take place between October 21-23, 2011 at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium.

The confirmed line-up now inludes:
AMARANTHE
BENEDICTUM
DEADLOCK
DIABULUS IN MUSICA
DORO
ECHOTERRA
HANGING DOLL
LEAVES' EYES
MIDNATTSOL
NEMHAIN
OPERATIKA
STREAM OF PASSION
SYSTEM DIVIDE
THERION
TRAIL OF TEARS
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

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Kivimetsan Druidi To Play Metal Female Voices

Kivimetsan Druidi has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2011 edition of the Metal Female Voices festival in Belgium:

"Hello everybody! We are proud to announce that Kivimetsän Druidi has been confirmed to play at Metal Female Voices Fest IX in Wieze, Belgium on 21-22-23/10/2011. We played there in 2009 and it was really such a great experience. The line-up for IX festival seems absolutely awesome.

"The other bands there will be among others Therion, Doro, Leave's Eyes, Trail Of Tears, Diabulus In Musica, Draconian and Visions Of Atlantis."

You can find additional information on the Metal Female Voices Festival at this location.

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More Bands Confirmed For Metal Female Voices

Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following update about playing at the 2011 edition of Belgium's Metal Female Voices festival:

"Leaves' Eyes will return to MFVF in 2011! We are happy to announce that Leaves' Eyes is confirmed to play on saturday 22nd at MFVF in Wieze/Belgium. The set list will include also material from the upcoming record."

The currently confirmed acts include: Amaranthe, Leaves' Eyes, Therion, Draconian, Hanging Doll, Visions of Atlantis, Midnattsol, Echoterra, Benedictum, Nemhain, Deadlock, Trail of Tears, and Stream of Passion.

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Trail Of Tears Issues Album Update

Trail of Tears has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"Hello friends! OK, so it's been a while since the last update from the Trail camp. The reason for this silence is simple: we have been keeping ourselves busy writing some new tunes and trying out a few ideas in the studio. We have to say that it has been a good experience and some of the ideas which have surfaced so far sound pretty damn exciting to our ears!

"We are continuing to write material for the next album and will spend a few more months creating something that will live up to our own expectations and goals and hopefully raise a few eyebrows as well! Check out the clip and keep your eyes and ears open for further updates!"

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Trail Of Tears Parts Ways With Guitarist

Trail of Tears has checked in with the following update about parting ways with the band's guitarist:

"Our guitarist, party-hat chief and beer drinker extraordinaire, Paul, has informed the rest of us that he is leaving the band. His decision is based on lack of time and a general wish to concentrate on the band that he co-founded, Guardians of Time. We think it sucks to lose a talented guitarist as well as a genuinely great guy but this decision is probably for the best both for Paul, as well as for the band and we absolutely respect it and wish Paul much luck and happiness in the times to come. Trail of Tears will not bring a new member into the family as we are very much content with how the situation is at the moment and so the band will continue as a 5-piece.

"We also want to make it perfectly clear that this will not affect the upcoming festivals and shows, nor will it affect the writing and pre-production work for the next album, a process that we are well underway with." More...

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Trail Of Tears Confirmed For Metal Camp 2010

Trail of Tears has issued the following statement about performing at the Metal Camp Festival 2010 in Slovenia:

"Hi everyone! It is with great pleasure that we announce that Trail of Tears has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2010 in Tolmin, Slovenia! We look forward to take part in this great festival and contribute our part in making the event live up to its motto: 'Hell over Paradise'! For tickets and information, please visit this location. See you all there!"

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Trail Of Tears Announces First Russian Show

Trail Of Tears has announced their first ever Russian show on December 4th in Moscow. Trail of Tears' upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/10 1001 Watt Festival Skien, Norway
10/17 The Rock Temple Kerkrade, The Netherlands
10/18 Metal Female Voices Fest VII- Oktoberhallen Wieze, Belgium
11/7 Tattoo Fest Twente Nijverdal, The Netherlands
11/22 Gagarin 205 (with Gothminister and Magenta) Athens, Greece
11/23 The Underworld (with Gothminister and Magenta) London, United Kingdom
11/24 La Mare Aux Diables (with Gothminister and Magenta) Templeuve, Belgium
11/25 Mondo Bizarre (with Gothminister and Magenta) Rennes, France
11/26 Le Zebre de Belleville (with Gothminister and Magenta) Paris, France
11/27 Iduna (with Gothminister and Magenta) Drachten, The Netherlands
11/28 Live Club (with Gothminister and Magenta) Stuttgart, Germany
11/29 Columbia Club (with Gothminister and Magenta) Berlin, Germany
12/1 The Rock (with Gothminister and Magenta) Copenhagen, Denmark
12/4 Jagger (with Gothminister and Magenta) Moscow, Russia
12/11 Glassheim (with Gothminister and Magenta) Jevnaker, Norway
12/12 John Dee (with Gothminister and Magenta) Oslo, Norway
1/7 2010 Bibelot (with Epica) Dordrecht, The Netherlands
1/8 2010 P60 (with Epica) Amstelveen, The Netherlands
1/9 2010 Hedon (with Epica) Zwolle, The Netherlands
1/10 2010 Tivoli (with Epica) Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Trail Of Tears Announces Dutch Tour Dates

Trail of Tears has issued the following announcement about Dutch tour dates with Epica:

"Trail of Tears will kick off the 2010 touring schedule with four shows in The Netherlands as main support for EPICA. The live schedule is shaping up nicely and we can not think of a better way to start 2010 then with a string of shows in our second home Holland together with the great guys and girl in Epica! See you all there!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

1/7: Bibelot-Dordrecht (NL)
1/8: P60-Amstelveen (NL)
1/9: Hedon-Zwolle (NL)
1/10: Tivoli-Utrecht (NL)

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Trail of Tears Announces European Tour Dates

Norway's Trail of Tears has announced a European tour, entitled the "Darkness, Bloodstains, and Accidents European Tour," with GOTHMINISTER and MAGENTA. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

22.11 - GAGARIN205, Athens, Greece.
23.11 - The Underworld, London, UK.
25.11 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland.
28.11 - Stuttgart, Live Club, Germany.
29.11 - Columbia Club , Berlin, Germany.
01.12 - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark.
11.12 - Glassheim, Jevnaker, Norway
12.12 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway

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Rock City Open Air Cancelled

Romania's forthcoming metal festival, Rock City Open Air, appears to have either cancelled or postponed. A message from black metal legends Mayhem reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, Mayhem will not perform in Romania next week as the whole festival has been canceled (or apparently postponed). We are deeply sorry for the fans who wanted to see us performing there. This is of course totally out of our control.

"A statement regarding the reason of the cancellation should be posted on the festival's MySpace page soon."

This news come after the recent news that Immortal, Blood Red Throne, Macbeth and Trail Of Tears have all pulled out of the event. The festival was scheduled to be held from August 20-23rd in Fetesti, Romania.

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Trail Of Tears Cancels Rock City Appearance

Trail of Tears has issued the following announcement about canceling their appearance at the Rock City Open Air festival:

"Dear all,

"we regret to inform you that the Trail of Tears performance at this years edition of Rock City Open Air in Fetesti, Romania has been canceled by the promoter.

"The promoters of the event, Metal Masters, have proven unable to uphold their basic responsibilities, such as the booking of flights as well as deposit payments, thus adding Trail of Tears to the apparent ever growing list of canceled bands.

"Please DO NOT BUY TICKETS TO THIS FESTIVAL in order to see the band as we are no longer participating in the event! Our great booking agency The Flaming Arts have tried everything in their power in order to prevent the situation, however unfortunately a solution turned out to be impossible. The band would like to apologize to every fan who intended to take part in the festival, this is completely out of our hands and the last thing we wanted to see.

"The band and our booking agency are working to schedule alternative shows in Romania for later this year so please check back for updates as soon as they become available. Stay patient and thanks for your understanding and support!"

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