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The inspiration is still here, enjoy!
on 20 January 2007
It is well known that Tristania is one of the most important and influential bands of the "gothic metal" scene (of course this term itself cannot capture the diversity and quality of their music). The previous offering of the Norwegian metallers, 2001`s "World of Glass", was the first without the main man and talented songwriter Morten Veland (now in Sirenia). Fortunately, this did not affect the high level of their compositions and "Ashes" proves it once again! The album is characterized by different moods, it is full of variations and the production is top-notch.
The opening track, "Libre", is one of the heaviest in the album whilst it introduces the three vocalists of the band: Kjetil, who does the grunts, Vibeke whose angelic operatic voice needs no introduction, and finally, Ờsten with his clean male vocals. The second song "Equilibrium" has a melancholic touch with clean male vocals, acoustic guitars and Vibeke's sweet voice.
"The Wretched" is an aggressive song with mostly harsh vocals, heavy riffs and a nice violin part in it. "Cure", the fourth track, is a very emotional and deeply touching song. Great acoustic guitars and Vibeke's voice completely captivating... Simply amazing.
"Circus" matches the dark nature of the album and "Shadowman" is a really interesting song with nice strings, piano parts and dreamy vocals. It has an eerie atmosphere and while it builds up you can even discern some Anathema elements in it.
"Endogenisis", definitely deserves to be the closing track as it is a beautiful composition that combines all of the aforementioned elements of the band.
For those of you that will purchase the digipack version, there are 2 bonus tracks that are also worth listening to.
In sum,"Ashes" is a great album by one of the leading bands (Has anyone forgotten 1999's landmark "Beyond the veil"??) The inspiration is still here, enjoy!