Origin: Norway
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Theatre Of Tragedy  


Several bands employ the male death with female soprano vocal style (somewhat humorously labeled "beauty and the beast vocals"), and while Theatre Of Tragedy may not have been the first to do it, they were one of the pioneers of this style of atmospheric gothic metal, and a frequent influence and yardstick for similar bands. The Norwegians have enjoyed a stellar career thus far, though varied, as the band has never recorded two studio albums with the same lineup, nor really in the same style either, with the early material solidly in the doomdeath field, moving to Tiamat-styled atmospheric/gothic (Aegis) and then, most dramatically, the shift to techno on Musique and Assembly, where the band retains few ties to their metal past. Despite the differing styles, the albums uniformly are of high quality -- Theatre Of Tragedy is a classy band.

Longtime vocalist Liv Kristine Espenęs left the band in late 2003, citing personal differences that could not be resolved. She has since hooked up with the members of the German band Atrocity (including her husband, Alex Krull) in a new project called Leaves' Eyes. Theatre Of Tragedy carried on with a new vocalist, Nell Sigland, formerly of a band called The Crest.

The band has recently announced their intent to disband in October 2010.

Current Members

Raymond J. Rohonyi

vocals

Nell Sigland

vocals

Vegard T. Thorsen

guitars

Frank Claussen

guitars

Lorentz Aspen

keyboards

Hein Frode Hansen

drums

Former Members/Guests

Liv Kristine Espenęs

vocals (Leaves' Eyes)

Pal Bjastad

guitars

Geir Flikkeid

guitars

Tommy Olsson

guitars

Tommy Lindal

guitars

Eirik T. Saltrų

bass


Discography



Theatre Of Tragedy 
1995 Massacre
  1. A hamlet for a slothful vassal
  2. Cheerful dirge
  3. To these words I beheld no tongue
  4. Hollow-hearted, heart-departed
  5. ...A distance there is...
  6. Sweet art thou
  7. Mire
  8. Dying - I only feel apathy
  9. Monotone
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Pal Bjastad
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrų
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen




Velvet Darkness They Fear 
1996 Massacre
  1. Velvet Darkness They Fear
  2. Fair & 'Guiling Copesmate Death
  3. Bring Forth Ye Shadow
  4. Seraphic Deviltry
  5. And When He Falleth
  6. Der Tanz Der Schatten
  7. Black as the Devil Painteth
  8. On Whom the Moon Doth Shine
  9. Masquerader & Phoenix
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Geir Flikkeid
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrų
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



(EP) Der Tanz Der Schatten 
1996 Massacre
  1. Der Tanz der Schatten (Club mix)
  2. Black as the devil painteth
  3. A hamlet for a slothful vassal
  4. Der Tanz der Schatten (Album version)
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Geir Flikkeid
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrų
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen




(EP) A Rose For The Dead 
1997 Massacre
  1. A rose for the dead
  2. Der Spiegel
  3. As the shadow dance
  4. And when he falleth (Remix)
  5. Black as the devil painteth
  6. Decades
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrų
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen




Aegis 
1998 Massacre
  1. Cassandra
  2. Lorelei
  3. Angelique
  4. Aaede
  5. Siren
  6. Samantha
  7. Venus
  8. Poppaea
  9. Bacchante
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Tommy Olsson
  • Frank Claussen
  • Eirik T. Saltrų
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen
1998 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 



Musique 
2000 Nuclear Blast
  1. Machine
  2. City of light
  3. Fragment
  4. Musique
  5. Commute
  6. Radio
  7. Image
  8. Crash/concrete
  9. Retrospect
  10. Reverie
  11. Space age
  12. The new man (bonus track)
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Frank Claussen
  • Eirik T. Saltrų
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



closure:live  LIVE
2001 Massacre
  1. Intro / and when he falleth
  2. Der Spiegel
  3. Cassandra
  4. Venus
  5. Black as the devil painteth
  6. Siren
  7. Poppaea
  8. Bacchante
  9. A distance there is
  10. Der Tanz der Schatten
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Vegard T. Thorsen
  • Frank Claussen
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen




Assembly 
2002 Massacre
  1. Automatic Lover
  2. Universal Race
  3. Episode
  4. Play
  5. Superdrive
  6. Let you down
  7. Starlit
  8. Envision
  9. Flickerlight
  10. Liquid Man
  11. Motion
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Liv Kristine Espenęs
  • Vegard T. Thorsen
  • Frank Claussen
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Storm 
2006 Massacre
  1. Storm
  2. Silence
  3. Ashes and Dreams
  4. Voices
  5. Fade
  6. Begin & End
  7. Highlights (bonus track)
  8. Senseless
  9. Exile
  10. Disintegration
  11. Debris
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Nell Sigland
  • Vegard T. Thorsen
  • Frank Claussen
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Forever Is The World 
2009 AFM
  1. Hide and Seek
  2. A Nine Days Wonder
  3. Revolution
  4. Transition
  5. Hollow
  6. Astray
  7. Frozen
  8. Illusions
  9. Deadland
  10. Forever is the World

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 



(EP) Addenda 
2010 AFM
  1. The Breaking
  2. Beauty In Deconstruction
  3. Frozen (Ambrosius Remake)
  4. Empty
  5. Deadland (Tommy Olsson Remake)
  6. Revolution (Flip Wicked Remix)
  7. Highlights
  8. Illusions (Zensor Remix)
  9. Empty (E&A Wedding Mix)
  10. Forever Is The World (Chamber Version)




Last Curtain Call 
2011 AFM

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 

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