Today, we have to face another great loss within the metal scene.
After several months struggling against leukemia, Maria Kolokouri a.k.a. Tristessa leader of the Greek all-female black metal band ASTARTE has died of a heart failure after complications with her illness.
Our condolences for the family and friends of this true valkyrie who has been fighting until the end.
This is the official statement from his husband Nicolas Maiis:
“Maria she’s left from, this world,you are leaving a lot behind and my soul is in pain.You are a special person,you are my Wife .i will always adore you,our son and everybody that they love you.I will always honour you and you will never be forgotten .
Until we meet again my love i will will kiss you from inside of my soul
You Nick and your son Antonios“
ASTARTE, credited as the first all-female black metal band ever, formed under the name Lloth in September 1995 at Athens, Attica.
The original line-up included Maria Kolokouri (bass, guitar, keyboards), a.k.a. Tristessa (who subsequently took over on lead vocals), Nemesis (guitar), and Kinthia (vocals, guitar).
They had Psychoslaughter, the drummer from Greek band Invocation, play for the sessions on their demo, Dancing in the Dark Lakes of Evil, released as Lloth in 1997. Shortly thereafter they adopted the name ASTARTE, named after the Semitic goddess of sexuality.
Their debut full-length album, “Doomed Dark Years”, was released in 1998 on Black Lotus Records; two further LPs followed on the label. After lineup changes in which Nemesis and Kinthia left to be replaced by Katharsis (keyboards) and Hybris (guitar), they released their fourth and fifth albums on Avantgarde Music, the most recent of which, Demonized, was released in 2007.
In 2003 the band participated in the Celtic Frost Tribute album Order of the Tyrants, released by Black Lotus Records, covering the song “Sorrows Of The Moon”.
In 2013, ASTARTE announced plans to enter the studio to record its sixth full-length album entitled “Blackdemonium”.