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Theatre of Tragedy

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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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  • manynotes2

    If you like female fronted bands with catchy tracks check LOVELORN DOLLS http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Lovelorn+Dolls New album in October!!

    22 Sep 11:48am Reply
  • Sharon_55

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

    17 Sep 9:47am Reply
  • DorianVonEden

    It sounds weird because she lacks technique. :v

    14 Sep 1:22pm 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 11:08pm 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 10:54pm Reply
  • ShimmeringHeart

    Liv's voice was much more diverse in ToT.

    11 Sep 12:53pm Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Aégis!

    10 Sep 8:23pm Reply
  • Sharon_55

    Miss them, they were perfect both in gothic metal and electronic style...

    10 Sep 10:00am Reply
  • 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

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

    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
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