Origin: Stavanger, 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 enjoyed a stellar career, though varied, as the band rarely 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 on Aegis and then, most dramatically, the shift to techno on Musique and Assembly, where the band retains few ties to their metal past. Their most famous alumnus is vocalist Liv Kristine Espanæs, who performed with the band until 2003, when she left due to personal differences and hooked up with several members of Atrocity (including her husband, Alex Krull) to form Leaves' Eyes.

Fittingly, the band closed their 17-year career in 2010 with a live album entitled Last Curtain Call.

Last Lineup

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 Espenæs

vocals (ex-Leaves' Eyes, Midnattsol)

Pal Bjastad

guitars

Geir Flikkeid

guitars

Tommy Olsson

guitars

Tommy Lindal

guitars

Eirik T. Saltrø

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 Espenæs
  • Pal Bjastad
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrø
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen
1995 Readers' Album #29




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 Espenæs
  • Geir Flikkeid
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrø
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen



Der Tanz Der Schatten  EP
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 Espenæs
  • Geir Flikkeid
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrø
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen
1996 Readers' Album #20




A Rose For The Dead  EP
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 Espenæs
  • Tommy Lindal
  • Eirik T. Saltrø
  • 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 Espenæs
  • Tommy Olsson
  • Frank Claussen
  • Eirik T. Saltrø
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen
1998 Readers' Album #19





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 Espenæs
  • Frank Claussen
  • Eirik T. Saltrø
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen



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 Espenæs
  • 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 Espenæs
  • Vegard T. Thorsen
  • Frank Claussen
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen



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



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
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Nell Sigland
  • Vegard T. Thorsen
  • Frank Claussen
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen



Addenda  EP
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)
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Nell Sigland
  • Vegard T. Thorsen
  • Frank Claussen
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen



Last Curtain Call  VIDEO
2011 AFM



Last Curtain Call  LIVE
2011 AFM
  1. Hide and Seek
  2. Bring Forth Ye Shadow
  3. Frozen
  4. Ashes and Dreams
  5. A Rose for the Dead
  6. Fragment
  7. And When He Falleth
  8. Venus
  9. Hollow
  10. Storm
  11. Image
  12. A Hamlet for a Slothful Vassal
  13. Fade
  14. Machine
  15. Der Tanz der Schatten
  16. Forever Is the World
  • Raymond J. Rohonyi
  • Nell Sigland
  • Vegard T. Thorsen
  • Frank Claussen
  • Lorentz Aspen
  • Hein Frode Hansen




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