Avec Tristesse is a Brazilian heavy metal band, which mixes different styles inside and outside the genre, such as doom metal, death metal and gothic metal. The band hails from Rio de Janeiro, RJ, and was formed in 2000.
Avec Tristesse began as a side-project of frontman Pedro Salles when he was still a bassist for folk-progsters Ashtar. He recorded Avec Tristesse's first songs - which would happen to be "The Crown of Uncreation" (3rd song in "Ravishing Beauty") and "The Failed Savior" (as yet unreleased) in the year of 1998. It was only two years later, however, that the project took form as a band with the arrivals of Nathan Thrall and Rafael Gama. They released their debut, "Ravishing Beauty", in 2002, through Hellion Records. Their second album, "How Innocence Dies", was released in 2004, also through Hellion Records. Avec Tristesse is also known for popularizing the term "dark metal" in Brazil, which was used by the media and their record label to describe them.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avec Tristesse