« on: 14 September 2013, 05:04:39 »
I finally got to listen to the album. Laaaate, I know, but somehow there never was the money und opportunity.
It took me a while to get into the album. I didn't expect such rawness, although I knew Cathedral and Requiem from the live videos on Youtube. Especially Number caught me totally unaware - but I have to say, I absolutely LOVE the black metal edge! I also like the somewhat dirty production, and I don't think the slower songs are 'crippled' by it, as reumeren does. But that is surely a point that splits the fan, since everyone has their own taste.
I agree with reumeren when it gets to the sometimes silly lyrics, though. Still, I like them a lot, although I still mourn that Morten isn't there with his great gothic lyrics. But, Tristania have taken a whole different way ever since he left, so it's okay for me. What's not that okay is the fact that Einar doesn't contribute that much anymore - I really miss his outstanding keyboard arrangements.
I think Darkest White is a good release, but really not their best, although better than Rubicon imo (never really got into this album, sadly). The new-found edginess suits the vocals really well and makes Darkest White a not-so-usual gothic metal release that surely stands out of the great mass of bands in this genre. On my blog, I will rate it with 4 out of 5, with my favourite songs being Number, Himmelfall and Arteries.
But, and that's my overall problem: It isn't the Tristania I loved for so long. It's not that I can't adapt to new directions (Elvenking changed from somewhat jolly folk power metal to a sudden, raw harshness with "The Scythe", and it's now my favourite album of theirs). I just can't stand it when there's almost nothing left of the trademarks. And that's the case with the new Tristania.