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"Tristania, Rubicon (Napalm)
More goth metal here from Napalm records here but this time it’s with mostly female vocals and while more operatic than Shadowgarden, also kind of rocks even harder.
The last Tristania album was released In 2007 and amazingly five of the seven members of the group don’t appear on this album. Most bands would have broken up if they had to replace five members including all three vocalists, but Tristania continues on and have possibly put out the best album of their career.
I certainly didn’t think Rubicon would be a big winner in my book thanks to my “general rule” that female singers have never really done much for me, but new singer Mariangela Demurtas has a wonderfully beautiful voice that works incredibly well with their epic goth sound. On tracks like “Patriot Games” all three vocalists sing (female, clean male, harsh male) which really makes for a unique sound.
The thing to note though is that while being dark and orchestral, the guitar riffs are pretty powerful (there’s a riff in “The Passing” that’s just killer) therefore making the contrast between the light and the heavy very noticeable and quite cool. Tristania and Shadowgarden are a breath of fresh air to me as I listen to albums that crush my head in a vice. It’s nice to take it down a notch now and again. And if you choose to do that, start here.
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