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REVIEW: Trail Of Tears - A New Dimension Of Might Napalm Records, 2002
8.5/10
Trail Of Tears - A New Dimension Of Might - cover art Trail Of Tears is one of the most interesting of the "beauty and the beast" bands that have formed in the 90's and I have been a big fan of the band ever since they released their debut album in 1998. Four years later they are back with their third album which marks the beginning of a new period in the history of the band. Their female vocalist Helena Iren Michaelsen has been replaced with Cathrine Paulsen which made me a little worried about the band's future. Helena had a very powerful and deep operatic voice that could not be replaced easily. It seems as if I was right about that because even if Cathrine has a very beautiful voice herself the band has lost a very important and unique element in their music. No need to worry though because Trail Of Tears is not about one person alone. Another thing that made Trail Of Tears stand out from the rest was the characteristic keyboard melodies from Frank Roald Hagen. They are still there on this album but they have been pushed back a little into the background. To make up for the loss of Helena they have also added some clean male vocals to give the music a stronger gothic touch. The biggest difference is however that the music is blacker than before and it seems as if they have been inspired by Dimmu Borgir. In short I would say that the music is less melodic and more bombastic and intense than on the last album. They have moved one step closer to the Tristania sound but they are still one step behind. If you are into this kind of music this is a review you don't really need to read. A perfect production courtesy of Terje Refsnes does not make it any worse. The cover of Faith No More's "Caffeine" was a little unexpected but I guess some will like it... Stand-out tracks: "Obedience In The Absence Of Logic", "Splendid Coma Visions".

written by Vincent Eldefors

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Tracklist

1. Ecstatic
/> 2. A Fate Sealed In Red
3. Crashing Down
4. Obedience In The
Absence Of Logic
5. Liquid View
6. Denial And Pride
7.
The Call Of Lust
8. Splendid Coma Visions
9. Bloodred Trance
/> 10. Caffeine

Playing time: 54.21

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