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Tristana: Virtual Crime

Initially I was very excited when I opened up this one as I misread the name of the band and thought it was a new effort from Norway's Tristania, a band I know and enjoy. The confusion wasn't helped by reading the press release about the band; "Tristana was founded in the late nineties and draws its inspiration from the chilling atmosphere, snowy peaks, wild ferocious rivers and endless forests of the Carpathian Mountains. Tristana mixes this magical ambience with fantasy. As the light alternates with darkness, Tristana mixes ultra-melodic parts with hard passages and screaming vocals." Doesn't sound like a laugh-fest does it?

There is, however, a good deal to enjoy on this Slovakian band's third album – their first since 2010. Some may be put off by the quite heavily accented vocals courtesy of Peter Wilsen but theres' no real need to be especially given the band's penchant for heavy but melodic tunes such as "Bloody Snow" and the excellent "Jannie's Dying" which adds female vocals into the mix and wouldn't be out of place on a Serenity album which is praiseworthy indeed. Andrea Almáši gives everything a nice underlying with his tasteful keyboards and the record flows nicely throughout and is well worth a listen.

Track Listing:
1. Resurrection
2. Fallen
3. Wasted Time
4. Bloody Snow
5. Beg for Death
6. Jannie's Dying
7. Belladonna Deadly Nightshade
8. Killer
9. Lost The Whole Life
10. Hunting Fever
11. Ending (Outro)

Added: March 3rd 2015
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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