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Stavanger, Norway (1993 – 2010)

Theatre of Tragedy was a 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 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 Early Modern English, a precedent to modern English used in and around Shakespearean times.

Starting from the album Musique, however, the band made drastic changes to their style, which became significantly inspired by and , abandoning Early Modern English lyrics writing, heavier guitar riffing and death growls in the process. This style change was consequently continued on the following album, Assembly.

After a long break and after changing the female vocalist due to musical differences, and furthermore their management and the record label, Theatre of Tragedy released their new album Storm, the first one with their new singer, Nell Sigland (from The Crest).
On this album, the electronic influences are reduced again in favour of simplicity and naturalism. According to Hein Frode Hansen, Storm is to be seen as the missing link between Aégis and Musique.


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  • Estranged_Ann

    both ToT female vocalists (Liv Kristine & Nell Sigland) were great. (2)

    18 Aug 6:42pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    I can still get shivers when I'm walking with my headphones on and the chorus of Hide And Seek hits. After all this time? Always.

    12 Aug 3:36pm Reply

    Svordom is a doom/death/gothic female duo, download the first full length "Sacrifice Of The Light" for free at :

    8 Aug 8:47am Reply
  • KellemxD

    Aégis melhor álbum!

    2 Aug 6:27pm Reply
  • teilzeitgeist

    Alex Krull being involved in music is awful

    20 Jul 12:12pm Reply
  • uniceFCB

    очень жаль, отличная группа

    7 Jul 12:36pm Reply
  • silversadheart

    Oh no, Alex Krull doing Raymond parts would be awful... By the way, I think the same as vidarth, and I believe that the idea is to play songs that will be focused on the girls' voices.

    28 Jun 5:04pm Reply
  • vidarth

    I'm sure the setlist on The Sirens tour will be focused on their solo metarial, so they'll probaby just play "...A Distance There Is..." (or "Siren") from the ToT repertoire. From The Gathering - maybe "Saturnine", "Shrink" or some Mandylion songs, and from The 3rd and the Mortal - "Why So Lonely" . So no surprises.

    28 Jun 1:01pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    I'll just pretend I haven't read that.

    27 Jun 10:47am Reply
  • KamelotFan10

    So is Alex Krull going to do Raymond's parts on The Sirens tour?

    27 Jun 2:15am Reply
  • Mar_Sexx_669

    Please ToT, come back and make another Musique/Assembly. I need you.

    23 Jun 5:43am Reply
  • Liberations

    music from childhood

    22 Jun 12:46pm Reply
  • SnowInMyHand

    music of my student-life

    18 Jun 3:00pm Reply
  • alin1

    Interesting: both ToT female vocalists (Liv Kristine & Nell Sigland) were great.

    15 Jun 3:30pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Why, thanks for contributing to the discussion in a language 97% of the world populace won't understand. :3

    15 Jun 1:23pm Reply
  • girlofdreams

    Eu não gostei muito do Storm e do Forever, ouvi umas cinco vezes os álbuns completos, talvez por falta de atenção nas músicas enquanto ouvia ou simplesmente por gosto e opinião. Velvet Darkness, Theatre e Aégis eram álbuns bem melancólicos, "parados e demorados" diferentemente dos mais recentes (a partir de 2006) que já têm um ambiente mais agitado (comparado com os anteriores), porém, eu ainda admito ter amado, assim como o Musique e o Assembly, considero esses um dos melhores. Gostava muito das melodias dos álbuns antigos, mas também adoro o instrumental do Musique e Assembly, os refrões são completamente viciantes e tão perfeitos... eu diria que cada época (a que era mais melancólica e a outra mais industrial) que ambas são ótimas e eu não conseguiria decidir entre as duas em qual o TOF era melhor.

    8 Jun 11:02pm Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    v The last two albums are my very favourites (I mean, of all albums of all bands). Nonetheless, the ToT albums in which Liv sings are vastly superior than any Leaves' Eyes or solo album she's done.

    31 May 4:59pm Reply
  • Hello_Vampire

    I now downloaded only two last albums with a new vocalist, because Liv Kristine has own projects, so it's possible to hear her separately from ToT. Yes, I've already heard about this band in 2009 or so, but couldn't imagine they would stop their working process :c what a feeling when one listens to music of a "dead" group that will not "ressurect" :(

    23 May 8:38pm Reply
  • PHILOU059

    My favorite album of the group of theater tragedy is AEGIS.

    21 Apr 5:51pm Reply
  • archdoom

    No one will ever make true gothic metal as they did in the past.

    7 Apr 4:54am Reply
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