I definitely shared your initial shock and awe at what seemed to have happened to Tristania. With BTV as my initial christening, and tempering with Widow's Weeds, I was just.... shall we say, greatly disappointed. I will admit, partly because of Morten's departure, as Widows Weed's is just drenched in his growling and what not. I like Morten, and greatly respect his love of music and doing what he loves, regardless of whatever happened between them all. I love all of them, and though sad that it had to end, it doesnt have an unhappy ending at all.
Because now I have like 3 great bands to listen to because of the whole mess!
Checking in on Morten, I had to try out Sirenia, and "at Sixes n Sevens", though quite strange at first (as post-Morten Tristania was for me), has totally grown on me and Ive really come to like it alot. Also, wanting to see what Ronnie had been up to prior made me check out Trail of Tears, and I can safely say "Profoundemonium" totally kicked my ass, I love it!
And of course, as time went on, I found myself returning more an more to World of Glass, and now it's looking like a permanent resident in my cd player.