Ashes (Tristania album)

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Studio album by Tristania
Released February 1st, 2005
Recorded April–June and October 2004 at TopRoom Studio in Lunner, Norway
Genre Gothic metal
Length 42:39
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer Tristania, Børge Finstad
Tristania chronology
World of Glass
Alternative Cover
Special Edition Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars
Sputnik Music (3.6/5)[2]
Rough Edge 3.5/4 stars[3]

Ashes is the fourth full-length album by the Norwegian band Tristania. The album registers a change in the band's musical style, leaving out the choirs and initiating a heavier sound, with a focus on darker lyrics and the pure vocals of Vibeke Stene. This album is the only one Kjetil Ingebrethsen performed harsh vocals on.

Track listing[edit]

  • All music and lyrics by Tristania, except where noted.
  1. "Libre" – 4:30 (lyrics by Kjartan Hermansen)
  2. "Equilibrium" – 5:49
  3. "The Wretched" – 7:00 (lyrics by Hermansen)
  4. "Cure" – 5:59
  5. "Circus" – 5:09 (lyrics by Hermansen)
  6. "Shadowman" – 6:31
  7. "The Gate" – 6:45 (digipak bonus track)
  8. "Endogenisis" – 7:37
  9. "Bird" – 5:09 (digipak/jewel case bonus track)
  • The first Ashes edition only contained 7 songs.
  • Special Enhanced North American Edition includes the videoclip of "Equilibrium", both bonus tracks and an alternative cover with Vibeke on it.
  • Japanese Edition also includes both bonus tracks.
  • Kjartan Hermansen was Tristania's webmaster at that time.


Chart (2005) Peak
French Albums Chart[4] 184



  • Vibeke Stene – vocals
  • Østen Bergøy – clean vocals
  • Kjetil Ingebrethsen – harsh vocals
  • Anders Høyvik Hidle – guitars, additional vocals
  • Rune Østerhus – bass
  • Einar Moen – synth, programming, additional vocals
  • Kenneth Olsson – drums

Session Members[edit]

  • Hans Josef Groh – Cello on "The Wretched", "Shadowman", and "Endogenisis" (Recorded in Fagerborg Studio, Norway)


  • Produced and mixed By Tristania & Borge Finstad
  • Recorded and engineered By Borge Finstad & Drajevolitch
  • Mastered by Morten Lund


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