tristaniaTristania is a gothic metal band from Norway, formed at the end of 1996 by Morten Veland, Einar Moen and Kenneth Olsson from the remains of their previous band Uzi Suicide. Their album “Illumination”, featured the same vocalists minus Kjetil. There are fewer grunts on this album compared to their previous work, and the ones that do appear are courtesy of Vorph from the band Samael.The album is also noticed to feature a more symphonic sound.

Tristania’s music is usually classified as gothic metal with death/doom influences, due to its strong ties with the goth metal’s history. On their first releases the band had a sound based on melodic death metal riffs with dominant eerie keyboard and powerful drums, and choirs. A strong influence in their music is also doom metal, which can be heard in the slow, melancholic riffing. They put a lot of focus around operatic female vocals, haunting choruses and classical instruments such as pipe organ, flutes and violins. In recent years, they stepped back from the bombastic layer-over-layer productions and focused more on balancing the various vocal styles and progressing their sound without losing the overall feeling.

Other Information

  • Origin: Stavanger, Norway
  • Genres: Gothic metal, Symphonic metal
  • Years active: 1996–present
  • Labels: Napalm Records, SPV
  • Associated acts: Sirenia
  • Website:
  • Members:
  1. Østen Bergøy – clean vocals
  2. Mariangela Demurtas – female vocals
  3. Anders Høyvik Hidle – guitars, growling vocals
  4. Ole Vistnes – bass guitar
  5. Einar Moen – keyboards, programming
  6. Kenneth Olsson – drums


  • Tristania (1997) – EP
  • Widow’s Weeds (1998)
  • Beyond the Veil (1999)
  • World of Glass (2001)
  • Midwintertears/Angina (2001) – EP
  • Ashes (2005)
  • Illumination (2007)



~ by molco on July 3, 2009.

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