Tristania - Rubicon

11 songs
50:17 minutes
***** ****


Tristania have never disappointed so far, and Rubicon is certainly no exception. I was of course curious about their new vocalist, because Vibeke Stene’s characteristic voice definitely left its mark on the five preceding albums. Especially Ashes (2005) should be considered one of the septet’s strongest records. The new frontlady Mariangelas Demurtas comes from Sardinia but seems to have settled down rather well in her new Norwegian home. Vocalist Osten Bergoy celebrates his farewell after having been ten years in the band. Furthermore there are two new members on guitar and drums.

All these line-up changes have not have a negative effect, because Tristania once again trump up with all their strengths on their sixth album. The band plays a very homogenous mix of symphonic and gothic metal. They are sounding anything but uncommercial, but the songwriting has many layers and contains a lot of pace and mood changes, and even some surprises. The epic The Passing features a violin which conjures gypsy sounds. The exciting Patriot Games contains some Northern metal elements. Tristania even convince during their quieter moments, with the soothing Sirens and the slightly hypnotic Vultures belonging to the album’s highlights. Every new pass reveals new details that add to the general sense of suspense. The only drawback is the concluding Illumination which is excellent Northern metal but feels overly long at nine minutes.

Rubicon has all it takes to become another classic in Tristania’s discography. The band did once again everything the right way and will certainly attract huge masses of gothic and symphonic metal fans.

Back to Reviews