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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.



from the album Aegis

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  • MetalismRecords

    Russian female fronted Symphonic Metal band R-GENIUM released new album "Wonderful Wonderful World"

    1 Jul 1:02pm Reply
  • St1cki3

    i was beginning to wonder whatever happened to Liv singing old ToT songs, thanks for that Abetancourt

    24 May 11:09pm Reply
  • girlofdreams

    Musique. <3

    22 May 2:32am Reply
  • AshMcAuliffe

    Does anybody possible have a copy of the "Universal Race" Best of Compilation on CD that they would be willing to to sell? Message me if so. Thank you.

    13 May 2:40pm Reply
  • Plummad

    v Storm undeniably suffers from a very bad production which makes it seem excessively homogeneous. But the more you listen to it, the more nuances you find out in each song, and they start to stand out. [2] Their final album is by far my favourite, and I think the fan favourite. But I LOVE Storm. After not really liking them for a long time (I never really aodred their older Liv stuff) Storm made me really fall in love with them. The songs are very different, it's just hard to see that initially.

    13 May 9:14am Reply
  • AshMcAuliffe

    "Musique" will always remain my favourite album of all time.

    19 Apr 11:09am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    v Storm undeniably suffers from a very bad production which makes it seem excessively homogeneous. But the more you listen to it, the more nuances you find out in each song, and they start to stand out.

    12 Apr 2:29pm Reply
  • thenightwithin

    Miss them....Love almost everything they put out except maybe Storm but maybe I need to listen to that more.

    6 Apr 11:37pm Reply
  • DuplicityHater

    Wow, I forgot how awesome they were. My favorite album is Aégis - masterpiece!

    18 Mar 7:47am Reply
  • KellemxD

    Aegis was definitely my favorite . Com certeza, Theatre Of Tragedy sempre será uma das minhas preferidas.

    13 Jan 9:28am Reply
  • IridiumWings

    Aegis was definitely my favorite

    6 Jan 7:30am Reply
  • blah_blah_blah-

    сам ты хрень, ТоТ-одна из наиболее разнообразных групп в своём жанре. а насчет посредственности вокала - правда

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    меланхоличная хрень с посредственным вокалом

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    Thank goodness there was Kari.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Abetancourt_

    Liv performing "Siren" with Kari she still has an amazing voice IMO

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • manynotes2

    If you like female fronted bands with catchy tracks check LOVELORN DOLLS New album in October!!

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Sharon_55

    Agree ;D her voice is rather sensitive, so in operatic style it sounds unnatural.

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    It sounds weird because she lacks technique. :v

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Sharon_55

    Agree, I don't really like her operatic style, it sounds weird ;p But Froya's Theme is amazing ;D

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    v True, the music really brought out her most ethereal and personal qualities. Now she's stuck with those operatic attempts of hers, which make her sound quite dull. :v

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
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