Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have uploaded audio samples from their new album, "Ashes" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2005 through SPV Records. Check them out at this location.
The follow-up to 2001's "World of Glass", "Ashes" was recorded at Toproom studios in Oslo with producer Børge Finstad and will feature artwork by Christian Ruud.
In other news, TRISTANIA will tour Norway for the first time beginning in early March 2005. TRISTANIA and GOTHMINISTER will be teaming up for a tour of some 8-10 selected cities, with exact dates and venues to be published soon. The band are said to be "very enthusiastic about the the planned tour, as this will be their first opportunity to perform around Norway," according to a posting on the group's web site. "They've earlier only performed single gigs in Stavanger and Tau/Jørpeland, in addition to Kristiansand. They view this tour as an excellent opportunity to reach other parts of the country with their music."