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Tristania - Beyond The Veil (10/10) - Norway - 1999

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 52:23
Band homepage: Tristania

Tracklist:

  1. Beyond The Veil
  2. Aphelion
  3. A Sequel Of Decay
  4. Opus Relinque
  5. Lethean River
  6. ...Of Ruins And A Red Nightfall
  7. Simbelmyne
  8. Angina
  9. Heretique
  10. Dementia
Tristania - Beyond The Veil
Incredible!

Forget THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, forget CREMATORY, forget ORPHANAGE, the emperors of Gothic Metal are back: TRISTANIA!

After the single "Angina" and the live already introduced title-track I was extremely anxious for this album and "Beyond The Veil" is the coronation of this genre, a masterpiece!

The opener and title-track alone alone doesn't leave anything to desire: alternating heavy Gothic Metal and emotional passages, underlined by Vibeke's divine vocals, the use of a violin, clean, deep male vocals, acoustic guitars - this song has everything a classic needs to have!

Contrary to many Gothic Metal-bands of today that get softer and try out electronica and other frippery, TRISTANIA have grown a good bit heavier on their second full album, something that suits the Norwegians perfectly, because the orchestral passages, in which Vibeke sometimes is accompanied by a choir, win even more atmospheric depth, just like in "Aphelion" or "Opus Relinque".

The already known "Angina" bristles with intensity and "Heretique" is, I guess, the heaviest TRISTANIA-track ever, with partly fast double-bass and harsh vocals on the one side and calmer passages with Gregorian sounding chants.

But why am I still writing? Get this jewel of metallic sound-art, because this masterpiece has no fillers, no good songs, but extra class from the first to the last second!

Alexander Melzer



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