Despite serious line-up
problems, Norwegian dark metal outfit Trail of Tears will be issuing
their fifth studio recording, which also marks their tenth
anniversary. It would seem that the band is now, more or less,
vocalist Ronny Thorsen - just lucky for him that heís got a good
album on the street soon when heís going to recruit new people.
ĎExistentiaí IS a really
good album, but it never gets beyond that, although it by far
surpasses in professionalism and song writing quality the latest
release I listened to from Trail of Tears, namely 2002ís ĎA New
Dimension of Mightí.
The songs are
well-wrought, the sound is really good, and Trail of Tears do have a
fine sense for the dramatic and pompous, emphasised by a heavy use
of synths and female vocals to create the contrast to Thorsenís dark
Where the ĎA New
Dimension of Mightí effort had an undercurrent of black metal, this
new album has more of a gothy prog tinge to it, and it suits their
As youíve probably
reckoned by now, Iím not a huge fan, but itíll satisfy Trail of
Tears fans and open new gates for the band as well, Iím sure.