2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Officium Triste. In April 1994 we decided to quit with Reïncremated and continue as Officium Triste. In these years we’ve seen a couple of members come and go. Now it is time to say farewell to Bram. After 7 years in the band he has decided to pursue other interests. Not being able to commit 100 % to the band anymore Bram decided to step back.
Bram is replaced by William van Dijk. William is a long-time friend of the band and he used to be in Whispering Gallery. William already has done some gigs with Officium Triste as a stand-in for Bram and from now on he will replace Bram permanently.
photo courtesy of Silver Olivier
To celebrate our 20th anniversary we will perform at Baroeg, Rotterdam on April 26.
There’s some news to mention so here’s an update.
Unfortunately our cooperation with Hammerheart Records was short-lived. Ever since we signed a deal where we licensed the recordings of “Mors Viri” to Hammerheart things worked out smoothly. Yet, the last couple of weeks we didn’t feel happy anymore about the way certain things worked out. Our expectations simply weren’t met. We had a good talk about this with Hammerheart and decided to leave things as they are.
They did a press of 1000 CDs and 500 LPs and that will be it. No hard feelings, this is the best solution.
So, as of now we are looking for an interested party to release a second press of “Mors Viri” for a possible late 2013 or early 2014 release. Those interested can get in touch with us.
While we’re at it, check out our merchandise and buy our new album on CD or LP or any of the other stuff we’ve got available.
Officium Triste, May 31st 2013
CD Mors Viri now available. Check our merchandise page.
Officium Triste, March 9th 2013
You can listen to one of the songs of 'Mors Viri' on Youtube or on Soundcloud.
Officium Triste, January 7th 2013
First of all, Officium Triste wants to wish you all the best for 2013. We know it's going to be a great year with our new 5th full-length coming out on Hammerheart Records on March 18th. We had some of our friends in music listen to the advance of 'Mors Viri' and we'd like to share their quotes with you.
"With this new album Officium Triste have broken new ground with their songwriting both melodically and emotionally. Deep, haunting, heavy & beautiful. Perfect doom metal!"
Stuart Prickett (The Slow Death/Mournful Congregation)
“On ‘Mors Viri’ more than ever Officium Triste attain a perfect balance between crushing heaviness and delicate beauty. The 8 songs on the album weave a mesmerizing spell of sadness with gorgeous melodies and evocative lyrics, no doom fan will be disappointed!”
Ed Warby (Hail Of Bullets/The 11th Hour)
"With ‘Mors Viri’ it is clear that Officium Triste have delivered their greatest expressions so far; it is truly a journey that traverses everything from the sublime to the chilling and transcends the boundaries of death/doom without betraying their past whilst moving forward melodically and compositionally. I'll state without fear that ‘Mors Viri’ is one of the greatest albums of this year and the sound of a veteran band evolved into an entity where every component encourages and elevates the whole."
Tom Phillips (While Heaven Wept)
“Officium Triste have nothing to prove to anyone but themselves. ‘Mors Viri’ sees the guys sticking firmly to their musical guns, and with arguably the best arsenal in all of the melodic doom/death cannon, why wouldn't they? This album sounds like Officium Triste always threatened to, there's a heaviness of tone, a soaring clarity that coupled with Officium Triste patented songwriting, makes ‘Mors Viri’ the high-water mark of their career, and an album that makes you remember exactly why we fell in love with this genre of music in the first place.”
Brendan Roche (Mourning Beloveth)
Officium Triste, January 3rd 2013
The releasedate of 'Mors Viri' has been pushed back a month. It will be out on March 18th 2013!
Officium Triste, December19th 2012
PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 16th 2012:
OFFICIUM TRISTE signs with HAMMERHEART RECORDS for album #5 !!!
Holland’s melodic doom/death metal veterans Officium Triste proudly announce the release of their 5th studio album, entitled ‘Mors Viri’, through Hammerheart Records on February 18th, 2013. ‘Mors Viri’ was recorded on several occasions during 2011 at El Pato studios in Bergweiler, Germany. Ronnie Björnström at Enhanced Audio Productions did the mix and master in Sweden. ‘Mors Viri’ sounds mature and varied with a focus on melancholic melodies, and is definitely their strongest recording to date.
“We’ve been working really hard on this new album and we are convinced we made a huge leap forward in both song writing as well as production. We are positive Hammerheart Records will be a big help in spreading our name even further. We’re really looking forward working with them.”
“When we received the new recordings of Officium Triste we were blown away, the sheer quality of every aspect of this recording is simply superb. Anyone interested in strong melodic Doom/Death Metal (think Katatonia, My Dying Bride, Anathema, November’s Doom) will have a new favourite band to add !!! Great to be working with these veteran guys who are around for almost 20 years now…”.
As you can see we have restyled our website to coincide with our upcoming new album ‘Mors Viri’. As you might know we have been working on this album for a long time. With reason. Since our contract with Displeased Records was fulfilled we decided to record the album on our own and when it’s done we will start looking for an interested label. That time has come. Over the last couple of months ‘Mors Viri’ has been mixed by Ronnie Björnström at Enhanced Audio Productions in Sweden. We are very pleased with the way it turned out. We hope to have the album out after the summer.
Meanwhile we also recorded 2 new songs for the split CD with Germany’s Ophis. This CD, entitled ‘Immersed’ was released on June 25th on Spain’s Memento Mori. Our songs were mixed by Jonas Lindström of Isole. Greg Chandler of Esoteric mastered these recordings.
During our recording sessions for ‘Mors Viri’ we also recorded a cover of Anathema’s ‘Sleepless’. We used to play this song live quite often in our early days. We thought it was cool to record this one. It won’t appear on any official release so we made it available for you to download. It’s our gift to our fans, because we can.
Officium Triste, July 2012