Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA has issued the following update:
"TRISTANIA is sorry to announce that Vibeke [Stene, vocals] has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. The band regrets this fact, but respect her decision and wish her all the best in the future.
"TRISTANIA is now looking to find a new female singer, as they are anxious to start touring and promoting the new album." Please send demos, along with a recent photograph, to:
TRISTANIA's new album, "Illumination", was released in January via SPV. The CD was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.).
The band had previously stated about the CD, "True to tradition, we have made an album with a definite and unmistakably Tristanian sound, but which also brings a lot of new and fresh material. The album is another evolutionary step and lets us explore new areas while staying true to our roots. On every track, the moods and elements are plentiful; ranging from doom to industrial, from soothing synthesizer passages to technical metal riffs, from dark ballads to classic goth rock — it's all there. We've used a string quartet on several tracks, which attributed yet another dimension to those songs."