Trail of Tears is a symphonic gothic metal/black metal band (with death metal and industrial metal influences) from Kristiansand, Norway. The band was formed in 1994 under the name of Natt (Norwegian for "Night"), but later changed its name to Trail of Tears in 1997, to reflect changes in sound and line-up. Through most of their career the band emphasized the use of contrasting soprano vocals and death grunt vocals, but with the release of "Free Fall Into Fear" ? in 2005 ? the band switched this contrast mostly to tenor vocals and death growls, with rare soprano passages.
Through most of their career the band emphasized the use of contrasting soprano vocals and death grunt vocals, but with the release of "Free Fall Into Fear" ? in 2005 ? the band switched this contrast mostly to tenor vocals and death growls, with rare soprano passages. As of 2009 they have released a total of six albums, the most recent being Bloodstained Endurance released May 27, 2009.
Kjetil Nordhus, Runar Hansen, Kjell Rune Hagen, and Jonathan Perez walked out in November 2006 due to bad organisation leading to monetary loss for all the members of the band and posted a statement on the Trail of Tears' website saying the band had split up. Ronny Thorsen soon issued a statement saying they would in fact be carrying on without them and that they couldn't have chosen a worse time to leave the band due to the upcoming tour for the album Existentia. All tour dates had to be canceled.
On February 1, 2007 it was stated that former Trail of Tears vocalist Cathrine Paulsen re-joined the band. The band was also confirmed for 2007's Sweden Rock Festival, which was then followed with an extensive North American headlining tour alongside Echoes of Eternity and Unexpect.
In August 2008, the band announced that they will enter Soundsuite Studio in Marseille, France with Terje Refsnes on November 3, 2008 to record their sixth studio album. Ronny Thorsen says that there are fourteen songs ready, with an additional four or five on the drawing board. The album is expected to be released at the beginning of 2009.
* Ronny Thorsen - Vocals - (Session for Blood Red Throne, Scariot, Tristania)
* Cathrine Paulsen - Soprano vocals - (Lucid Fear)
* Bj?rn Erik N?ss - Guitars - (Panomania, Lucid Fear)
* P?l Olsen - Guitars - (Guardians of Time)
* Endre Moe - Bass - (Cutthroat (Nor), Dimension F3H (Live))
* Cato Jensen - Drums - (Cutthroat (Nor), Lucid Fear, Sarcoma Inc., Dimension F3H (Live))
* Jonathan Perez - Drums - (Sirenia, Sonido Latino)
* Kjell Rune Hagen - Bass
* Kjetil Nordhus - Vocals - (Chain Collector, Green Carnation)
* Runar Hansen - Lead guitar
* Terje Heiseldal - Rhythm guitar
* Frank Roald Hagen - Synthesisers
* Ales Vik - Soprano vocals
* Helena Iren Michaelsen - Soprano vocals - (Black Widow, Imperia, Angel, ex-Sahara Dust)
* Vidar Uleberg
* Michael Krumins - Lead guitar
1998 - Disclosure in Red
2000 - Profoundemonium
2002 - A New Dimension of Might
2005 - Free Fall Into Fear
2007 - Existentia
2009 - Bloodstained Endurance
1996 - Natt
1997 - When Silence Cries...
Official site: www.trailoftears.no