TRISTANIA - Widow's Weed & Tristania 2-CD (Pre-order)
TRISTANIA - Widow's Weed & Tristania 2-CD (Pre-order)

TRISTANIA - Widow's Weed & Tristania 2-CD (Pre-order)

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Release date: 20th September 2024

Tristania’s Classic Gothic Metal debut finally available again! Limited deluxe edition including the classic debut EP.

“Widow’s Weeds”is not only an essential Gothic album, it is the genre-defining Gothic Metal release of all times.

There are a lot of bands with good debut albums. There are also a lot of bands with excellent debut albums. And then, occasionally, there’s a band, seemingly appearing out of nowhere, that completely eclipses all their fellows.

Such is the case with Tristania’s debut full-length ‘Widow’s Weeds’, which upon its release took the Metal world by storm and raised the bar for Gothic Metal to unimaginable heights. What’s so striking about this album, is how it managed to capture, perhaps even revive, Gothic Metal’s purest essence: to invigorate sorrow and sadness, to highlight the beautiful energy that can be found in melancholy. Musically, ‘Widow’s Weeds’ is a near-perfect Gothic album, from start to finish. Intros and outros are always risky business, only seldomly having real added value on any album. Not this time though, they fit in perfectly with the orthodox approach that Tristania is taking. The intro on this album literally opens the door to Tristania’s cathedral of sorrow, with the choir guiding you to album opener “Evenfall”, as you are immediately immersed in the band’s beautiful dark and wintery scenery. And for the next 50 minutes, you won’t get out.

This album is meant to express the deepest levels of sorrow and sadness. To be your only lonely companion at the heart of winter. To make you yearn for nightfall. To be the soundtrack to your stroll through desolate meadows. ‘Widows’s Weeds’ is stripped of all possible joy. Tristania has delivered the ultimate Gothic Metal album, now and forever. Every other Gothic Metal release, past and future, needs to be benchmarked against “Widow’s Weeds”.

• One of the most ultimate Gothic Metal releases ever from the 90’s, the golden age of Gothic Metal.
• Recorded and produced by Terje Refsnes in Sound Suite Studio (a.o. Gehenna, Theatre of Tragedy)
• Features Vibeke Stene on female vocals and Morten Veland on vocals, later of Sirenia
• Bestseller at the time for Napalm Records
• Huge demand to be re-issued on vinyl
• Contans the “Tristania” EP (4 songs, 27 minutes) as bonus, never released on vinyl before