Origin: Kristiansand, Norway  
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Last update/review: February 16, 2015

Trail Of Tears

Formed in 1994 (originally under the name Natt), Trail Of Tears was one of several (mostly) Norwegian bands in the symphonic gothic metal arena, utilizing both male death-ish and female soprano vocals (Theatre Of Tragedy is the traditional standard for such bands, though better reference points here might be labelmates Tristania or The Sins Of Thy Beloved). Their style features several of the trademarks of the genre: lush orchestrations, keyboard/guitar interplay, and grandiose arrangements. There's nothing to fault here, as the musicianship and songwriting are quite well developed, though it has to be said that there's not a lot on offer that others (such as the aforementioned bands) haven't done as well. Some bands transcend metal genres, and Trail Of Tears probably isn't one of them, but they are an accomplished band and their work is recommended to atmospheric/gothic metal fans. Unfortunately personal differences plagued the band and eventually caused their undoing -- first, an announced breakup in 2006 later clarified by band leader Ronny Thorsen as "everyone else left, I'm continuing the band with new members" (which he did), and later, more troubles between Thorsen and vocalist Cathrin Paulsen that underscored the bands' final breakup following 2013's Oscillation.

Last Lineup

Ronny Thorsen

vocals (ex-Scariot)

Cathrin Paulsen


Bjørn Erik Næss


Endre Moe

bass (Dimension F3H)

Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow

drums (Borknagar)

Former Members/Guests

Helena Iren Michaelsen


Kjetil Nordhus

vocals (ex-Chain Collector, Green Carnation, Subterranean Masquerade, Tristania)

Runar Hansen

guitars (Chain Collector)

Terje Heiseldal


Pål Olsen


Kjell R. Hagen


Frank Roald Hagen


Jonathan Perez

drums (Sirenia)

Cato Jensen

drums (Dimension F3H)


Disclosure In Red  
1998 DSFA
  • Ronny Thorsen
  • Helena Iren Michaelsen
  • Runar Hansen
  • Terje Heiseldal
  • Kjell R. Hagen
  • Frank Roald Hagen
  • Jonathan Perez

2000 DSFA
  1. Countdown to ruin
  2. Driven through the ruins
  3. Fragile emotional disorder
  4. Profoundemonium
  5. Sign of the shameless
  6. In frustration's preludium
  7. In frustration's web
  8. Released at last
  9. Image of hope
  10. Disappointment's hope
  11. The haunted
  • Ronny Thorsen
  • Helena Iren Michaelsen
  • Runar Hansen
  • Terje Heiseldal
  • Kjell R. Hagen
  • Frank Roald Hagen
  • Jonathan Perez

A New Dimension Of Might  
2002 Napalm
  1. Ecstatic
  2. A Fate Sealed in Red
  3. Crashing Down
  4. Obedience in the Abscence of Logic
  5. Liquid View
  6. Denial and Pride
  7. The Call of Lust
  8. Splendid Coma Visions
  9. BloodRed Trance
  10. Caffeine
  • Ronny Thorsen
  • Cathrin Paulsen
  • Runar Hansen
  • Terje Heiseldal
  • Kjell R. Hagen
  • Frank Roald Hagen
  • Jonathan Perez

Free Fall Into Fear  
2005 Napalm
  1. Joyless Trance of Winter
  2. Carrier of the Scars of Life
  3. Frail Expectations
  4. Cold Hand of Retribution
  5. Watch You Fall
  6. The Architect of My Downfall
  7. Drink Away the Demons
  8. Point Zero
  9. Dry Well of Life
  10. The Face of Jealousy
  • Ronny Thorsen
  • Kjetil Nordhus
  • Runar Hansen
  • Terje Heiseldal
  • Kjell R. Hagen
  • Frank Roald Hagen
  • Jonathan Perez

2007 Napalm
  1. Deceptive Mirrors
  2. My Comfort
  3. Venom Inside My Veins
  4. Decadence Becomes Me
  5. She Weaves Shadows
  6. The Closing Walls
  7. Empty Room
  8. Poisonous Tongues
  9. As It Penetrates
  10. Shades of Yesterday
  • Ronny Thorsen
  • Kjetil Nordhus
  • Runar Hansen
  • Kjell R. Hagen
  • Jonathan Perez

Bloodstained Endurance  
2009 Napalm
  1. The Feverish Alliance
  2. Once Kissed By The Serpent (Twice Bitten By Truth)
  3. Bloodstained Endurance
  4. Triumphant Gleam
  5. In The Valley Of Ashes
  6. A Storm At Will
  7. Take Aim.Reclaim.Prevail
  8. The Desperation Corridors
  9. Farewell To Sanity
  10. Dead End Gaze
  11. Faith Comes Knocking
  • Ronny Thorsen
  • Cathrin Paulsen
  • Bjørn Erik Næss
  • Pål Olsen
  • Endre Moe
  • Cato Jensen

2013 Massacre
  1. Waves of Existence
  2. Scream Out Loud
  3. Crimson Leads on the Trail of Tears
  4. Oscillation
  5. Path of Destruction
  6. Vultures Guard My Shadow
  7. The Dawning
  8. Room 306
  9. Our Grave Philosophy
  10. Lost in Life
  11. Eradicate
  • Ronny Thorsen
  • Cathrin Paulsen
  • Bjørn Erik Næss
  • Endre Moe
  • Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow

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