Trail of Tears
Existentia
Release date: January 26th 2007
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Website: www.trailoftears.no
Style: Dark Goth Metal
Rating: 75/100
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: January 4th2007

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 baritone.

 

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 sound.

 

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.