Tristania Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown For New Album "Darkest White"
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.
"Some of you probably already know Requiem, as we played it live on our European tour last fall. The live reception was really promising, and I’m very happy with the final version. In a perfect world one should play all songs live before entering the studio. It is always useful to try out new material for the first time on an audience, and it’s definitely an advantage for the actual recordings. After playing a song a hundred times on rehearsal and in concerts they tend to creep under your skin (if it doesn’t, you should probably find something else to do).
"I’m very pleased with the final recorded version on the album. I think it turned out nice and groovy in the verses and really powerful and bombastic in the choruses. Mariangela sings the lead vocals on this one, and the chorus features backing vocals from Kjetil and Ole. This kind of harmonies is one of Ole’s most important contributions to our sound on both Rubicon and Darkest White. It’s a privilege to be in a band with so many great singers, and these powerful choirs have become one of Tristania’s biggest strengths also live. However, I have to add that there are fewer choruses like this on Darkest White compared to its predecessor. Kill Your Darlings is a well-known phenomenon in music production, and on several parts of the album we either had to skip harmony voices or mix them very low. The only reason for this is the extremely high standard of the recorded lead vocals. On several songs we dropped harmony voices in order to give space to the feel and the nerve of the lead vocals. Requiem features one of my favorite growling parts on the album."
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