THEATRE OF TRAGEDY

Gothic Metal / Non-Metal / Metal Related • Norway
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Theatre of Tragedy is a gothic metal/death doom metal/industrial rock/futurepop band, originally assembled in 1993 in Stavanger, Norway by Hein Frode Hansen, Raymond István Rohonyi and Lorentz Aspen, together with Tommy Lindal, Pål Bjastad, and Liv Kristine.

Their earlier albums have provided a great deal of influence to the gothic metal genre. The band was one of the first ones who made use of contrasting vocals - male bass vocals and death growls and female soprano singing.

On their first three albums (Theatre of Tragedy, Velvet Darkness They Fear, Aégis) Theatre of Tragedy presented lyrics written predominantly in a form of Olde English, an early form of the language prior to Shakespearean times.

Starting from the album Musique, however, the band made drastic changes to their style, which became significantly inspired by electro-rock and electro-pop, abandoning Early Modern English lyrics writing, heavier guitar riffing and death growls in the
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THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Theatre of Tragedy album cover 3.84 | 16 ratings
Theatre of Tragedy
Gothic Metal 1995
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Velvet Darkness They Fear album cover 4.29 | 25 ratings
Velvet Darkness They Fear
Gothic Metal 1996
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Aégis album cover 4.07 | 18 ratings
Aégis
Gothic Metal 1998
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Musique album cover 3.64 | 7 ratings
Musique
Metal Related 2000
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Assembly album cover 3.42 | 6 ratings
Assembly
Non-Metal 2002
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Storm album cover 4.00 | 6 ratings
Storm
Gothic Metal 2006
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Forever Is the World album cover 3.67 | 6 ratings
Forever Is the World
Gothic Metal 2009

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY EPs & splits

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY A Rose for the Dead album cover 3.64 | 7 ratings
A Rose for the Dead
Gothic Metal 1997
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Massacre Classix Shape Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Massacre Classix Shape Edition
Gothic Metal 1999
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Inperspective album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Inperspective
Gothic Metal 2000
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Addenda album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Addenda
Gothic Metal 2010

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY live albums

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Closure:Live album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Closure:Live
Gothic Metal 2001
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Last Curtain Call album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Last Curtain Call
Gothic Metal 2011

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Der Tanz der Schatten
Gothic Metal 1996
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Cassandra
Gothic Metal 1998
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Image
Gothic Metal 2000
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Machine
Gothic Metal 2001
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Envision
Gothic Metal 2002
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Let You Down
Gothic Metal 2002
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Storm
Gothic Metal 2006
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Deadland
Gothic Metal 2009

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Last Curtain Call
Gothic Metal 2011

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THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Aégis

Album · 1998 · Gothic Metal
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Having pioneered the Beauty and the Beast style of gothic metal, Theatre of Tragedy took the bold step of almost completely dropping it on Aegis. This time, Liv Kristine up business as usual, whilst Raymond Rohonyi provides clean vocals in an emotionally fragile, gothic style. Not so much Beauty and the Beast as Woman and the Wimp, then, which suits the album's slightly greater emphasis on the "gothic" side of the gothic metal equation. Not quite the major breakthrough that Velvet Darkness They Fear was, but certainly still a strong release from the band's early period which acts as a very fine epilogue to their first phase.

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Theatre of Tragedy

Album · 1995 · Gothic Metal
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Listening to Theatre of Tragedy's debut after their subsequent work, it's hard not to see the material here as anything other than rough sketches towards the majesty of Velvet Darkness They Fear. All the ingredients of the later album are in place, but Theatre of Tragedy need tighter songwriting and more confidence than they show here to excel. Not to say that this is a bad album as such, but there aren't any compelling moments to compare with, say, the masterful Masque of the Red Death section from Velvet Darkness. It does the job, but it pales in comparison to its successor.

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY Velvet Darkness They Fear

Album · 1996 · Gothic Metal
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As one of the originators of the "Beauty and the Beast" aesthetic in goth metal, Theatre of Tragedy make this dramatic niche sound really work on Velvet Darkness They Fear. Drawing a little from death-doom acts without letting the brutal ugliness of that scene overwhelm the more delicate side of their work, the band offer up a series of truly sublime songs, the exquisite climax of the album probably being And When He Falleth (which includes some truly inspired sampling from Roger Corman and Vincent Price's movie adaptation of The Masque of the Red Death). In short, Velvet Darkness They Fear proves that Theatre of Tragedy are the best sort of musical innovators - the type who are not only able to come up with a distinctive new sound, but also hone their craft to the point where they master it. Many subsequent bands would try to equal this album - and some would do so - but I can't think of any Beauty and the Beast acts which exceed it in quality.

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