TRISTANIA - Year of the Rat (Official)





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Published on Aug 12, 2010

With "Rubicon", a mature and confident band proves that it is indeed possible to sustain a highly creative standard for over 12 years and continually deliver sweeping music laden with emotion. Far removed from the mediocrity of the genre, these Norwegian gothic metal pioneers remain true to their art form, while embracing both progress and variety. In this way, the band strikes the perfect balance between heavy riffs and catchy melodies and keyboard lines. The experience is centered around Mariangela Demurtas, whose unique voice majestically conquers both moving ballads ("Exile") and engrossing metal tracks ("Patriot Games"). Not unlike previous Tristania releases, special attention should be paid to the well thought out and sophisticated vocal harmonies between the male and female counterparts, which leave any would-be contender in the dust. Such attention to detail creates an album that is much more than a mere collection of songs, but rather a holistic work of art complete with an intense and tangible atmosphere. The band also counts with a very special guest musician. The highly gifted violinist Pete Johansen embellishes a Tristania release for the first time since "World of Glass". Likewise, Waldemar Sorychta's (Therion, Moonspell, The Gathering) contributions as consultant and co-producer will allow him to add yet another gothic classic jewel to his credits. "Rubicon" is a remarkable and breathtaking emotional journey, which will not only spellbind the gothic metal fan.

Directed and Produced by Jakob Arevärn I www.arevärn.se

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Her voice is really beautiful. People hating on her are garbage; metal fans are such a toxic community.
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Pedro Junior
This is not Tristania, it's Anders Hoyvik with a Italian girl singing..Tristania died long ago. This song has no soul, it's just made to sell records, completely generic and doesn't remind in absolutely nothing the old songs, wich were powerfull, rich and unique. People talk about the band evolving into this? Sorry, evolution would be what Opeth has become today, the band might not be doing the same heavy songs as before, but they still sound like Opeth.
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Brunye Albuquerque
Vibeke Stene FOREVER!!!!!!!!!
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Javier Salazar Loyola
so sad to read so many comments going "this is not Tristania, this is shit, this is garbage"... people, get over it. People change. Banda change. You either like it or not. I am not the lad that started listening to this awesome music years ago, how should I expect that these people remain exactly like they were? Bands evolve. If you don't like it, fine, it's your business. But that doesn't mean the band is bad in any way. Too many people long for their Widow's weed age. I like that album, and it's good in its own way. But if Tristania had remain that way, they would have been yet another Theatre of Tragedy clone band. And the fact that they are an evolving band, which explores new sounds in every album is what I like of them. And what I loved about this album (even though it's not my personal favorite) is that they managed to remain Tristania while going with a different sound which suits perfectly to Maria's voice. I still think this is an awesome song.
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Gato Brujo
Uh, sorry, i came looking for Tristania...my bad.
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Atlas Mushroom
Terrible video. 
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Soti Coto
Meh... I preferred World of Glass.
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Michael Mejía
Change your name... because you'll always be compared with old Tristania. Come on. . . there's no comparison.
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Fredrika Holm
The old Tristania was better.
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Jacques de Molay Molay
Great song and video, she is extremely lovely.
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