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Widow's Weeds [Import]

TristaniaAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spv
  • ASIN: B00000JCYH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Preludium
2. Evenfall
3. Pale Enchantress
4. December Elegy
5. Midwintertears
6. Angellore
7. My Lost Lenore
8. Wasteland's Caress
9. ....Postludium

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Amr
Format:Audio CD
This album is the best one Tristania ever made. I would classify it as Atmospheric Gothic Death with Black influences. The music is very heavy and dark and slow to medium paced. The male death grunts and female operatic gregorian vocals are interweaved beautifuly with occasional black screeching vocals. The music is very atmospheric and gives you a feeling of gloominess, mysticism, and darkness. In my opinion the best song on the album is "December Elegy", this song combines the three vocals together; the operatic female, the death grunting male and the background black vocals, and the music is haunting and dark interweaved in a melancholic theme. The song "Wasteland's Caress" has only black vocals with the operatic female ones, with no death grunts and it represents a very good example of Black Gothic Metal. Finally Tristania have made a superb job making this album which is a true combination of death and black influences with Gothic metal. Tristania lovers will also love: Theater of Tragedy, Even Song, Empyrium, Ever Eve, Lacrimosa, and Therion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I own. March 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first songs I heard from Tristania were from Beyond the Veil album. Later I bought Widow's Weeds, and I must admit, that altough both albums have their own distinct style I still prefer Widow's Weeds more. Maybe it's because of the melancholy dark romantic theme or songwriting, maybe it's the peaceful sound.

Usually a metal album is heavily compressed and way too loud and aggressive. Widow's Weeds instead is mixed and mastered more traditionally - you can in fact hear all the different instruments, and the cd won't blow my speakers up when I put the cd into my player. I really appreciate Tristania's effort to produce a honestly good-sounding album. The songs don't even clip, as songs in metal other albums - like Beyond the Veil - do... I really wish I could find other albums like Widow's Weeds.

If someone thinks that growling is a big no, then I suggest to reconsider. It took me many years to learn to tolerate growling, not to speak of shrieking or female growling. It just takes time, like everything else. By ignoring all the good music with growling vocals is like ignoring one of your basic tastes - bitter.

Besides that, I like the intro and outro parts - Preludum and Postludum - of the album, too. They allow me to relax and adjust to the forthcoming bliss of symphonic gothic metal, and afterwards give me time to realize, that it is over again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darn near perfect July 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Tristania were the first modern gothic-metal act (that seems to be the right term for them) I encountered, and I was truly blown away by their sound on this, their first full-length release. As soon as track Evenfall kicks in you know what you're in for. The songs are simple yet effective and never outstay their welcome, in fact I can find very few faults with this album, the production especially is first-rate. This was also the first time I heard Pete Johansen's violin work, and he perfectly compliments a couple of the songs. I prefer this album slightly to their next, Beyond The Veil, possibly only because I heard this first, and it was definitely better than their most recent effort, World Of Glass, which I think suffered from Morten Veland's departure. A must for gothic-metal fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Midwinternight inside" May 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first purchased "Beyond the Veil" but found "Widow's Weeds" on so many Listmania lists here as a Gothic Metal masterpiece that I had to get this, as well. Well, I do believe I owe a debt of gratitude to all who placed this album on their list, because it really is an amazing piece of work. "Widow's Weeds" is more fluid sounding than "Beyond the Veil," with supremely sad passages and classy sound samples. Some of the samples include a rainy train station, a little girl giggling(apparently running and playing, as if in remembrance of lost youth), and near the end a thunderclap of cannon fire. The production here is not as sharp as "Beyond the Veil," but the songwriting is arguably stronger. The music here is more emotional and haunting, and I find myself drawn to this album more and more. Vibeke Stene's vocals are sometimes stunningly beautiful, while Morten Veland's growling vocals are guttural but at no times comical. There is so much ambition on this album, a "debut" album I might add, that I simply cannot give it less than 5 stars. Amidst the sorrowful songwriting there is a chanting choir, elegant piano, powerful guitar, gorgeously arranged string sections and solo violin, chimes, and even a wooden flute floating on the wind in the song "December Elegy." All in all, I can find no flaws with this excellent presentation of all that is good about Gothic Metal. Thank you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that Death Metal is not bad May 20, 2001
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This album is a MASTERPIECE! They combine Death/Doom Metal with symphonic arrangements. True, there male singer does sound like a raspier Marylin Manson but their female vocalist recalls Kate Bush! Tristania also display some interesting influences. Besides Sabbath (obviously) their best song "angellore" sounds like mid 80s Damned with elements of Alice Cooper's "Nightmare". Tristania's second CD "Beyond the Veil" is also great but "Widow's Weed" is more focased. Buy this first!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album by Tristania, love the female singer.
Published 1 month ago by Anubis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
Widow's Weeds is still and probably will always be my favourite gothic metal album of all time. 1990s Tristania were amazing, amazing vocals (both male and female, growling and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Aaron Demner
5.0 out of 5 stars Tristania at their best-one of my favorite cds of all time
This is symphonic metal done better than anyone else ever did - I love Tristania the way they were on this cd
Published on July 15, 2011 by metalon
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretenders, listen and learn
Morten Veland's Tristania was (notice the past tense!), as far as I know, one of the first symphonic metal bands that used the female melodic vocals + male death vocals + elaborate... Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by MarquisdeSade
4.0 out of 5 stars widow's weeds by tristanea add to your darkwave collection
This is a group of great talent and musical ability, the only negative being in harsh male vocal overkill, less of that would make it perfect: Recomended group for the dark music... Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by Dark Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars New fav album
I didn't know much about Tristania. I'm interested in almost every Metal genre. I heard the song My lost Lenore and loved it, I wanted to get the whole album. Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by R. O. Mairena
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of It's Scene
Disreguard L Salisbury's review. It isn't helpfull in the least because the review is completely false. Read more
Published on April 25, 2006 by Vesperal Vanguard
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent cd...
I really loved this cd. It is extremely beautiful vocally, and the sound is very romantic. I'm a huge Cradle of Filth fan, and then cd is still very gothic-sounding, but waay... Read more
Published on August 18, 2005 by Laura F. Overholt
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best ever recorded...
This cd is absolutely amazing. I've always been a fan of more aggressive music, like death metal and black metal. Read more
Published on December 27, 2004 by Count Vempir
4.0 out of 5 stars A lack of diversity
Although this is the debut album from Tristania, I was introduced to them through World of Glass, and worked my way backwards. Read more
Published on June 24, 2004 by Misanthrope
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