Darkest White

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Darkest White
Tristania - Darkest White.jpg
Studio album by
Released31 May 2013
RecordedJanuary 2013
Genre
Length51:58
LabelNapalm
ProducerChrister-André Cederberg
Tristania chronology
Rubicon
(2010)
Darkest White
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer3.6/5 stars[2]
Metal Storm4.5/5 stars[3]

Darkest White is the seventh full-length album by the Norwegian gothic metal band Tristania. It is the second Tristania album to feature Mariangela Demurtas and Kjetil Nordhus on vocals.

Overview[edit]

The demo that gave birth to the final version of the songs in Darkest White were produced between June and September 2012.[4] Soon after, the band readjusted the songs by themselves, in an improvised studio at Ole Vistnes' apartment, between September and December 2012.[5] On January 2013, the band entered the studio to make the definitive recordings of the album, finishing in less than a month, the band's shortest recording period so far.[6]

Early April, the band announced Darkest White official track list.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The album was critically well received, and often considered the "real come back" for the band after former vocalist Vibeke Stene departure, in 2007. The album was praised for its "exploration of dark, desolate beauty" mood while called an "emotional thread".[8] Another aspect that was well received was the "flawlessly accomplished" three-vocalist style driven throughout the album with the harsh vocals from Anders H. Hidle, the clean vocals from the returning Kjetil Nordhus and Mariangela Demurtas' female vocals. The combination of this three vocalists was considered "intelligent" and "diligent".[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Number"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania4:45
2."Darkest White"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania3:25
3."Himmelfall"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania5:47
4."Requiem"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania5:29
5."Diagnosis"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania5:02
6."Scarling"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania5:18
7."Night on Earth"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania3:36
8."Cathedral" (Digipak bonus track)Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania3:31
9."Lavender"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania5:11
10."Cypher"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania5:43
11."Arteries"Tarald Lie Jr.Tristania4:11

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[11] 154

Personnel[edit]

Tristania[edit]

  • Mariangela Demurtas – vocals
  • Kjetil Nordhus – vocals
  • Anders Høyvik Hidle – guitars & harsh vocals
  • Ole Vistnes – bass & vocals
  • Gyri Smørdal Losnegaard – guitars
  • Einar Moen – synths & programming*
  • Tarald Lie Jr. – drums
Additional personnel
  • Einar Moen is listed as the band's synth player in the booklet, however Bernt Moen is credited with having performed the synth on this album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Darkest White review about.com. Retrieved on 6 June 2013.
  2. ^ Darkest White review Metal Hammer. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ Darkest White review metalstorm.net. Retrieved on 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Studio Report by Anders, Part I". tristania.com.
  5. ^ "Studio Report by Anders, Part II". tristania.com.
  6. ^ "Tristania: banda começa a gravar novo álbum". whiplash.net.
  7. ^ "Tristania: tracklist do novo álbum divulgado". whiplash.net.
  8. ^ "Tristania - Darkest White review - Metal Storm". metalstorm.net.
  9. ^ "Tristania - Darkest White Review". About.com Entertainment.
  10. ^ "Tristania - Darkest White (album review ) - Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com.
  11. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/album/35487/Tristania-Darkest-White