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Tristitia : The Last Grief

The third album from Tristitia finds the band using a different vocalist than Thomas who sung on the first two albums. Fortunately, this didn't result in any changes in the sound of this amazing band. Richard Bengtsson, who is responsible for the session vocals, has a clean, powerful voice that seems to be made to fit with the music on this album. Although I'm addicted to the 'sick' vocalist on the first two albums, I must say that Richard's voice really suits the music on this album more that any other vocals I can imagine.

But those who liked the first two albums, have no reason to worry. The melancholic, melodic guitar solo's, depressive atmosphere, monk chants and beautiful instrumental, acoustic parts are all still there, and so are the heathen, anti-Christian lyrics. Quite remarkable is an up-tempo, instrumental 'pot pourri' called 'Instrumental hollowcoast'. However, my favourite tracks on this album are the epic, melodic masterpieces 'Angelwitches palace' and 'Darknia: The last grief' which closes this album flowing into a very beautiful, acoustic outro.

Add to all this the - once again - outstanding artwork, up to the high Holy Records standards, and the clear, powerful sound quality (contrary to their first two albums), and you'll understand that this is essential material for both Tristitia fans and fans of epic doom with clean vocals in general.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Once upon a dawn
2. In the light of the moon
3. Slaughtery
4. Evolic
5. Golden goddess of fire
6. Tears & Tequila
7. Angelwitches palace
8. Memory's garden
9. Instrumental Hollowcaust:
    I. Burning, Death, Destruction
    II. Hills High
    III. All I Save Is My Pain
    IV. the Cold Light of Day
    V. Skullsession
    VI. the Stillness In the Rain
    VII. Slaughteariums Nest
10. Medievil
11. Under the cross
12. Darknia: The last grief

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Hate Your Guts Records
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