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Astarte

Formed: 1997
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Astarte News

Below is our complete Astarte 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.

Headline News

Astarte's Tristessa Passes Away

After issuing a statement at the beginning of the year that Astarte member Tristessa (Maria Kolokouri) was diagnosed with leukemia, the Greek band has new announced her battle with the disease is officially over.

Maria's husband posted the following message online via the Astarte Facebook profile (translated from Greek):

"Maria she's left from this world. You are leaving a lot behind and my soul is in pain. You are a special person, you are my wife. I will always adore you, our son and everybody that they love you.

"I will always honour you and you will never be forgotten. Until we meet again my love I will will kiss you from inside of my soul.

"Your Nick and your son Antonios." More...

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Astarte Issues Health Update

Tristessa (Maria Kolokouri) from Greek black metal outfit Astarte was diagnosed with leukemia at the beginning of the year, and it's been several months since the band's last update. Now Astarte has checked in with this statement about her health:

"Maria is in steady condition, we can't say much more at the time. She needs time to get in order with her health condition, there is a long road ahead of us. Maria she is a fighter and a brave woman." More...

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Astarte Issues Update On Tristessa's Health

Last month it was announced that Astarte member Tristessa is battling leukemia and in need of a bone marrow transplant. Her husband Nicolas Maiis has now checked in with the following health update:

"Hi to all of you, Maria is out of the hospital from yesterday and the recovery is slow this time. We are at our home and she is resting.

"It is continuous fight for life and we struggle with all our power. We just want to live and see our son growing, nothing more nothing less.

"It is unfair to every man in this condition but with faith, persistence, and patience we stand strong. I would not stop to thanking you for support that you giving to Maria and us."

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Astarte's Tristessa Battling Leukemia

In October, Greek all-female black metal band Astarte announced work was underway on an upcoming album.

Now the band has revealed that bassist/keyboardist Tristessa is currently battling leukemia. The following message was posted on the Astarte Facebook profile:

"My name is Nicolas Maiis. I am the husband of Maria Kolokouri as you all know as Tristessa. Unfortunately the fate is hard and the life even harder in our case.

"Our beloved Maria she is in critical condition fighting minute by minute for her life a form of leukemia. We, her family we our beside to her and we are trying to keep her strong. The people who know Maria they have knowledge of what a strong person she is and that she is a unique human being and always kind to everyone.

"As a mother she is always at her son's side and always she is standing strong for me to support me. Now it is the time to stand by her side with our positive energy and say a prayers to any god we may believe or not.

"Make a true wish deep down from you hearts so Maria to feel all the good energy and to take courage from your hearts and to have the hope that is needed.

"A miracle said the doctor that is needed, I don’t know from whom or what just please pray
for one… Maria is needing all the hope of our hearts, I need that, our son needs that." More...

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Astarte Working On New Album

Greek outfit Astarte, which was covered in our look at all-female underground bands, has now checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album:

"After a long period of time as Astarte we are glad to announce that we will be enter to the studio to record our sixth full album under the name 'Blackdemonium.'

"The album will contain 9-10 tracks of black/death metal music with some thrash influences. The cover of the Blackdemonium artwork will be handled by Maggot Meister and will be revealed when it will be ready. Maggot Meister has done several covers artworks, logos, and merch designs for bands like Master, Hirax, Children of Bodom, 1349, Amon Amarth, Pain, Edguy, Violator, and Mortiis. You can check his excellent work at this location."

The band's lineup for the new album will be:

Tristessa - Vocals,
Nicolas S.I.C. Maiis - Vox
Ice - Drums
Jim Harisis - Guitars/Bass

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Unearthing The All Female Metal Underground

With ladies like Angela Gossow and Vibeke Stene fronting bands with primarily male members, the heavy metal scene has shown that women can just be as bad ass as men. While the female fronted band has gone from curiosity to accepted member of the metal kingdom, heavier acts still tend toward having mostly men among their ranks. Breaking that trend are a few groups that buck the established norm and bust out the girl power. With this week’s edition of the Unearthing the Metal Underground column we’ll take a look at three bands that rock out 100% wang free.

Astarte

Kittie is probably the most well known group to feature only women handling the instruments and vocals, but there are plenty of all-girl bands that show up the kittens in terms of brutality. There’s no purr and all claws to be found in Greece’s Astarte, which leans heavily towards the black metal side of the spectrum.

Currently signed to Avantgare Records, Astarte has released five full-length albums so far, and even managed to catch Dimmu Borgir’s attention. Symphonic black metal icon Shagrath appeared in a guest spot on the “Ring of Sorrow” song off the band’s “Sirens” album. To get started with this all-girl act you can check out the video for the “Mutter Astarte” track, the collaboration with Shagrath, and the song “Black Mighty Gods” in the clips below.

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Astarte Writing New Album

Vocalist Tristessa of Greek all-female black metal band Astarte has issued the following brief update about writing new material for an upcoming album:

"Astarte are working in new material for the new album but in slow progress through some personal issues (not bad don't worry) and soon will be more info about the new album. Thanx a lot for you support and your wishes."

Samples of Astarte's music are also available for streaming at their MySpace page.

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