Ronny Thorsen - vocals
TRAIL OF TEARS: "Existentia" trail
2 reviews: by Salvo Russo and Steve Rautner
review by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo____
Valorized by the magniloquence
of the keyboard.
is the 5th album for this talented band from Norway. The band shows us a
maturity that is ready to amaze us through songs that will be the joy of all
who feel the lack of those Tristania`s masterpieces that charmed us
some years ago.
Trial of Tears gets originality thanks to the great
involving melodic approach
made by a decaying screaming voice and great arrangements that leave a
mark in every song of this album!
attack is great with “Deceptive Mirrors” that immediately releases a
strong impact with a great powerful melodic mood into the intricate metal
gothic metal structure that reminds of Sirenia, Tristania and similar…
comfort” is another hit that is full of changes…The essence is the
melody!!! What a great melody! The band is able to create a great
“Theatre song” full of visions and emotions….
Inside My Veins” is another great hit that puts together Tristania
with shadows of Dark Tranquillity (Haven era)….Great work made by the
female vocals that are able to arise emotions through different
but this also merit of the whole band able to create great structures in
album goes on with another gothic Swedish death vision called “Decadence
becomes me” that puts in evidence the experienced style of the band
hat can create “gothic death passions” …a box of
surprise in which the wildness is mixed with emotional decaying
don’t appreciate in the same way the next ”She
Weaves Shadows” in which the band doesn't seem to work with the same
parsimony concerning the structure, although the song is another fair
gothic metal and death is the next “The closing walls” that puts in
evidence a devastating guitar riff attack and a deep emotional part in
which the female vocal of the guest French singer Emmanuelle Zoldan seems to make a rarefied atmosphere!
“Empty room” is a classic gothic metal song without death!!! A very sad song characterized by Emmanuelle`s dreaming voice and indeed, in my opinion, she is a great singer!! I think that the not perfect valorization of the voice, penalized by the low volume assigned in the mixing phase, is a pity…(I notice this aspect in other songs too).
space for another dramatic horror-song like “Poisonous Tongues” in
which through death and gothic elements the band is able to create something
great !!!Horror atmosphere in which both screaming and heavenly vocals
are perfectly crossed!
but not in the same way, the next “As it penetrates” even if I still
underline the appreciable work made by the constructions of interesting melodic
parts valorized by the good
vocals and the great keyboard and piano!
of Yesterday” closes the album ; another gothic death horror song in
which the band still shows the ability to use in a perfect way the
electronics parts...unfortunately, the melody is not at the top.
conclusion, for me, this is a great album in which I admit that the
band has found the right path being also very able to create emotions
through the mixture of various styles.
underline the horror approach and the great work made by all members not
only for the taste to choose the perfect sound that can remind of
Tristania, Sirenia ect…but also for the ability to find the right
atmosphere in about almost all passages!
course they have not founded a style…but there’s a great personal
approach to the music, that is valorized by the magniloquence of the
keyboard and by the heavenly great Emanuelle`s voice and the perfect use
you like this style, this is a great cd!
Salvo Russo 24.09.2007
review by Steve "The Rev. Istvan" Rautner ___
Gothic perfection to say the least
Gothic perfection to say the least would sum up this new CD from Trail of Tears. I remember hearing of the bands song Crashing Down a few years back on a sampler CD and was really impressed. They have only gotten better over time and a couple of albums. It is full of catchy tunes and massive guitar riffs, synth and keyboard, complexly intertwined making a really enjoyable album. The band seems to be having some difficulty at the moment but I think that after the new CD gets some airplay and passed around a bit that their fans will help pull the group back together.
The overall vocals used are both clean and growling with a female voice almost jazz like in its structure, passionate and with purpose. I was surprised to see that no female is listed even though one clearly sings on the album. Emmanuelle Zoldan is the beautiful voice. She can be found on various CDs as a backup singer including Tristania and Turisas (as reviewed by our own Dalia).
It was originally the decision of the band to use choirs but after being introduced to Emmanuelle decided (and with stellar results) to combine her vocal talents to the album. I think that Ronny’s thunderous growls really meld well with her vast range of clean singing, a harmonic masterpiece. This is a powerful CD that leave nothing lacking in any area, dark, brooding and highly infectious with plenty energy. Heavy and definitely stepping away from the Gothic arena to use and develop other styles, as only an accomplish band can do. Existentia is listed in my top 10 and is definitely one CD that is getting much play since receiving it. It would be difficult to pick just one song to list as my favorite so I will not, but will stress that this is an excellent CD and even if Gothic is not your usual genre maybe this one should be given a thorough listening to. I should also add that I have not come across one negative or mediocre review for this new CD. Trail of Tears fifth album, Existentia, has been released via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Soundsuite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes and includes contributions from French Norwegian keyboard master Bernt Moen.
Trail of Tears
first full headlining North American tour. Support comes from
Cellador, Echoes of Eternity and Unexpect.
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