Norwegian gothic metal pioneers TRAIL OF TEARS are back after more than a decade of silence. Their triumphant return kicks off with the title track, “Winds Of Disdain”from their upcoming EP of the same name, set for release on May 24 via The Circle Music.

The single “Winds Of Disdain” is a powerful and emotional exploration of the frustrations and negativity that have gripped the world in recent years. The song channels the darkness of the pandemic and the bleak outlook of today’s society, all delivered with TRAIL OF TEARS‘signature dark gothic metal sound.

The song features the haunting vocals of Ailyn Gimenez Garciaformerly of symphonic metal band SIRENIA. Alongside Garcia‘s soaring voice, founding member Ronny Thorsen delivers his distinct growls. The rest of the band features a solid foundation with Runar Hansen on guitars, Nicolay Jørni Johnsen on guitars and programming and Endre Moe on bass. This lineup promises to deliver TRAIL OF TEARS‘signature brand of gothic metal with a fresh and dynamic sound.

“Winds Of Disdain” marks the band’s first release in over 10 years and means a new chapter for TRAIL OF TEARS. They have signed a multifaceted deal with The Circle Musicwhich will see the release of the “Winds Of Disdain” EP, a full-length album and vinyl reissues of all seven of their previous albums, starting with their iconic 1998 debut “Disclosure In Red”.

“We are finally ready to share the results of our work since first announcing our return back in 2020,” says Ronny Thorsen, TRAIL OF TEARS founder and vocalist. “We’re excited to share our first new single and lyric video with you — and hopefully seeing you out there in concert, soon!”

Formed in 1997, TRAIL OF TEARS quickly gained acclaim with their debut album “Disclosure In Red” and relentless touring alongside bands like TRISTANIA and CRADLE OF FILTH. Over the next decade, they released a string of successful albums, each showcasing their blend of dark melodies, soaring vocals, and heavy riffs. The band also saw lineup changes, with founding member Ronny Thorsen remaining a constant.

Despite critical and commercial success, TRAIL OF TEARS went on hiatus in 2013. However, 2020 saw a resurgence for the band. Thorsen spearheaded a reformation, bringing together both original members and longtime collaborators, completed by Garcia.

“Winds Of Disdain” track listing:

01. Winds Of Disdain
02. Take These Tears
03. No Colors Left
04. Blood Red Halo

Recording lineup:

Ronny Thorsen – vowels
Ailyn Gimenez Garcia – vowels
Runar Hansen – guitars
Nicolay Jørni Johnsen – guitars and programming
Endre Moe -bass

Photo by Nat Enemed