"Year Of The Rat", the new video from Norwegian gothic metallers TRISTANIA, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's sixth album, "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
03. Patriot Games
04. The Passing
07. The Emerald Piper (bonus track)
10. Magical Fix
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.).