Beyond the Veil (album)

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This article is about the Tristania album. For the Daryl Coley album, see Beyond the Veil: Live at the Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion XIII.
Beyond the Veil
Studio album by Tristania
Released 8 September 1999
Recorded February/March, 1999 at Sound Suite Studio, Marseille, France
Genre Symphonic gothic metal
Length 52:24
Label Napalm
Producer Tristania, Terje Refsnes
Tristania chronology
Widow's Weeds
Beyond the Veil
World of Glass
Singles from Beyond the Veil
  1. "Angina"
    Released: 18 May 1999[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metal Storm 4.75/5[2]
Rough Edge 3.38/4[3]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[4]

Beyond the Veil is the second full-length album by the Norwegian band Tristania. It is the last album to feature the band's former vocalist, guitarist and core songwriter, Morten Veland.

Background and Influence[edit]

Tristania stood apart from the other bands of the genre with their use of three distinct vocal styles in the "operatic soprano Vibeke Stene, clean-singing counter-tenor Østen Bergøy, and harsh, black metal-style shrieker Morten Veland".[5] Beyond the Veil made use of a ten members choir and featured violin passages from Pete Johansen of The Sins of Thy Beloved,[6] earning "rave reviews" across Europe.[5] By then, the band had risen to "the top of the gothic metal heap"[7] with their "lush, symphonically enhanced" approach.[5] The album features "tender ethereal female voices" and "the brutality and harshness", making it a promoter on the gothic metal scene.[8] They were "dealt a potentially crippling blow" when singer, guitarist and principal composer Veland left the group to form Sirenia.[5] Tristania has continued to prosper with subsequent releases[9] and has since been "regarded as one of the world's premiere goth metal bands".[5] Review website sputnikmusic classified the album as a "classic" within the genre it helped to develop, stating that the album finds itself to be "dark, symphonic, gothic metal that reeks in anger and despair. One of the crowning jewels to be found in the gothic metal genre and particularly one album that shouldn't be taken lightly." As the technical content of the album, it features "excellent synthesizer passages and haunting violin runs [...] Aside from the [operatic, clean and harsh] vocals." The album achieves to capture the "coldest emotion from the deepest, darkest corners of the earth with majestic piano leads and epic keyboard passages pulsating throughout the complex arrangements" purposed by keyboardist Einar Moen, as the drumming proceeds with considerable speed and, when necessary, slowing down.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Beyond the Veil" Einar Moen, Morten Veland Moen, Veland 6:37
2. "Aphelion" Veland Veland 7:49
3. "A Sequel of Decay" Veland Moen, Veland 6:32
4. "Opus Relinque" Moen Anders Hidle, Moen 6:06
5. "Lethean River" Veland Moen, Veland 5:55
6. "...Of Ruins and a Red Nightfall" Veland Veland 6:21
7. "Simbelmynë" Instrumental Moen 0:59
8. "Angina" Veland Veland 4:38
9. "Heretique" Moen Hidle, Moen 4:49
10. "Dementia" Moen Moen 2:21
Total length: 52:24



  • Vibeke Stene – vocals, choir
  • Morten Veland – harsh vocals, guitars, choir
  • Anders H. Hidle – guitars, choir
  • Rune Østerhus – bass
  • Einar Moen – synth and programming
  • Kenneth Olsson – drums, choir

Session members[edit]

  • Østen Bergøy – clean vocals
  • Pete Johansen – violin
  • Jan Kenneth Barkved – clean vocals on "Heretique", choir
  • Hilde T. Bommen Rasmussen, Maiken Stene, Sissel B. Stene, Jeanett Johannessen, Rino A. Kolstø – choir


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  2. ^ "Tristania Beyond the Veil". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Rough Edge: Tristania CD Reviews". Rough Edge. May 27, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Tristania Beyond the Veil". Sputnikmusic. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Tristania". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  6. ^ Eldefors, Vincent. "Beyond the Veil review". Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  7. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Sirenia". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
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  9. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Ashes review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-11.