Shivers of pleasure down my spine! I heard Protection live in Haugesund, but couldn't really remember it amongst all the other new songs they assaulted me with. I like it a lot, it's really atmospheric with an almost gothicy blue-tinted edge. Lovely!
And Magical Fix - Absolutely wonderful!! I was very curious to hear what Anders vocals would sound like in a studio situation. He's done a great job live (he really blew me away singing The Shining Path at Inferno in Oslo a couple of years back), but as I've found him to be more of a screamer than a growler, I worried a bit that I would yearn for Morten's voice of old (the only thing I really miss from that period though). But the recording brings forth Anders with a very rich, dark quality, and nice overlays á là Trail of Tears. Absolutely no complaints from me!
And the clean vocals part, yummy as well! I agree with Funeralord that it resembles Vortex' parts in Dimmu Borgir, but for me that's a huge compliment. Beautiful harmonies with Mariangela as well, and still somehow fits into the song as a whole.
Looking forward to hear Østens voice in the context of the new Tristania. Have a feeling that he will come even more to his right there.
The end of August cannot come soon enough!