TRISTANIA: 'Special Happenings' Planned For 'Rubicon' Release Party

The September 25, 2010 release party in Stavanger, Norway for TRISTANIA's sixth album, "Rubicon", will feature a range of special happenings for the band's loyal fans. Vocalist Østen Bergøy will make possibly his final appearance with the band, and violin virtuoso Pete Johansen will join the group on stage for the first time. In addition, TRISTANIA's members have decided to give fans coming to the release party from abroad "some very special treats."

Commented TRISTANIA: "All fans coming from abroad to see our show will be put on the guest list, giving [them] free entrance to the gig. They are also invited to a very special meet-and-greet session at our rehearsal room in Stavanger on the evening before the release party, Friday 24th."

If you want to attend the show, write an e-mail marked "Rubicon release party" to
[email protected], containing your full name(s), address and country, and whether you will attend the meet-and-greet during the Friday rehearsal.

"Rubicon" Release Party
Saturday, September 25
@ Folken
Løkkeveien 24, 4008 Stavanger
Tickets on sale at www.folken.no

"Year Of The Rat", the new video from TRISTANIA, can be viewed below. The song comes off "Rubicon", which will be released via Austria's Napalm Records on the following dates:
Aug. 25 - Spain
Aug. 27 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy, Sweden
Aug. 30 - Rest of Europe
Aug. 31 - USA/Canada

Commented the band: "We think the result has turned out amazing, and we're extremely eager to get this album released."

"Rubicon" track listing:

01. Year Of The Rat
02. Protection
03. Patriot Games
04. The Passing
05. Exile
06. Sirens
07. The Emerald Piper (bonus track)
08. Vulture
09. Amnesia
10. Magical Fix
11. Illumination

The group previously said in a statement: "We are totally enthusiastic about [our new LP], and feel that this album will appeal to those of you who have followed us through the years. True to tradition, the new album will also bring along several surprises and elements that are new in our musical universe. Five different singers will appear on the album, and we have already announced that Pete Johansen contributes with his brilliant violin playing — for the first time since 'World of Glass' in 2001."

TRISTANIA last year announced the addition of guitarist Gyri Losnegård to the group's ranks.

The band played a couple of shows last summer with guest vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (ex-GREEN CARNATION, TRAIL OF TEARS) filling in for Østen Bergøy, including last year's Wacken Open Air festival, which was held July 30 - August 1, 2009 in Wacken, Germany. Nordhus has since replaced Bergøy as a permanent member of TRISTANIA.

TRISTANIA in 2007 announced the addition of Italian singer Mariangela "Mary" Demurtas to the group's ranks.

The band's last album, "Illumination", was released in January 2007 via SPV. The CD was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.).

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