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Theatre of Tragedy

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  • Audio CD (19 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Massacre
  • ASIN: B000007VNI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This first album of Theatre of Tragedy is a very good beginning on their discography, not many band had a such way of introducing themselves. A more perfect sequel of this album is 'Velvet Darkness they fear', stronger, with better production. This one is less strong, instruments like violin and piano have an importance that it's not so appreciated on other albums. We can also see their primary essence, very medieval, a sound with those typical little mistakes that an amateur band does but at the same time, it sounds credible. There are incredible lyrics such as 'Dying - I only feel Apathy', incredible voices from Liv in 'Hollow-heartéd, heart-departéd', atmospheric songs like 'A Distance there is' & 'To these words I beheld no Tongue' and then, the typical plays, in which they have confirmed years later their status, like 'A Hamlet for a Slothful Vassal' (the most catchy song), 'Cheerful Dirge' & 'Sweet art thou'. Don't miss it!
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By Arkadiusz on 11 Feb. 2015
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Unique mix of death metal and female soprano 21 Jan. 2002
By Jesse - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First off, this is a great CD. I stumbled across it by mistake looking at the Nightwish similar bands page of I'm very glad I did, because so far, this CD has not left my CD player. It's really that good. I myself go for the more unique sounding bands (meaning I go for stuff made outside the USA), and this has uniqueness in droves. There happens to be two vocalists in this band, each on separate sides ofthe spectrum. One is a female soprano that sounds very angelic, which is very ironic in light of the second vocalist. He just happens to be one of those people who can growl and sing at the same time, and because of these death metal inspired vocals, he starts sounding fairly demonic (not to say that this is a bad thing). Most would think that this would be the equivalent of mixing an acid and a base, but it sounds amazing to hear both of them going off on each other at the same time, both of which ryhming. And just for fun, they use arcaic english that actually seems to make sense, and comes off as if it were written by the great Shakespear himself. One of the most powerful tracks, however, does not feature the demonic vocals or guitar chords, it only features the soothing voice of Liv and an amazing piano player. However, this CD is not for every taste, unfortunatly. Some of my friends refuse to listen to it. But, if you're looking for something unique, pick up this album.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Theatre of Tragedy 26 Sept. 2000
By "reaven" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The only problem I have with this album is that the production is terrible! Listen to the excellent sound quality of Aegis and then put this one in! It's truly depressing! Problems I've found with the production of this CD are: the bass is very flat, Liv Kristine's voice is turned down too low, and the piano isn't as full as it could be (it sounds like someone held a microphone over it instead of actually plugging it into the mixing board). It'd be cool if they re-released this album with better production. It's a tragedy to have amazing songs such as A Hamlet for a Slothful Vassal and To these words I beheld no Tongue and have them produced badly! Please, don't get me wrong! This CD is worth every penny! It's a must if you're a fan of atmospheric, doomy, and intelligently written music! It'd just be nice to have it produced better, you know?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Heaven and Hell, Light and Darkness, Raymond and Liv 28 Oct. 2000
By Renato Passos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Doom metal fans love these words: melancholy, sorrow, sadness, despair... I really can't see any good in feeling that way! The word that comes to my mind when I listen or think of ToT is BEAUTY, and that's a lot different from "sorrow" and so on... ToT's debut features one interesting contrast: piano and soprano X heavy guitar riffs and gutural vocals. There is no bad song here. Another aspect to be considered, these lyrics are definitely worth reading! The archaic English helps creating a pleasant background image to the music: medieval times, lords, vassals(hehehe), virgin ladies... Very very beautiful. Also check out ToT's second masterpiece: Velvet Darkness They Fear. Thanx!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Theatre of tragedy rules! 14 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The music is sad, and depressing at times but the vocals growl, and the guitars riff grind, and the drums blast away, and at the sametime the female vocals so pretty you mite forget its a doom group! fans of cathedral and paramaecium and paradise lost will love it to death!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Theatre Of Tragedy : Theatre Of Tragedy" 19 Oct. 2005
By Masked Jackal - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase


WOW. That's really the best word to describe this debut. No question a 5 star effort. I've never really heard music like this before. It's totally unique in every sense of the word....

Call it Folk Death Metal with female overtones, call it true Goth Metal, or call it whatever you think best describes this. One thing is certain, it's a MASTERPIECE OF MUSIC....

There's so much here, you really can't get all of it with one listen, or maybe even a thousand for that matter. There are layers of sound here, and it's a deep sound with some of the heaviest, and spookiest riffs this side of hell...

Liv Kristine, who is now fronting Leaves' Eyes, another highly recommended purchace by the way, is amazing here. This is some of her most beautiful work in my opinion. Her voice always seems to have a sad, yet rather uplifting feel to it. It's a truly incredible mixture of sounds comiing together here, that one must actually hear it to believe it....

I'm a new fan of this kind of music, and I starter out listening to Lacuna Coil. After spinning their CD's a million times over{LOVE THEM}, I needed, and started searching for something similar / different if you know what I mean...

I bought stuff from Nightwish{EHH??}, After Forever{DECENT}, and some Within Temptation{GOOD} in hopes of quenching that Coil thirst, but none of those bands really captured me or my full attention....

Then I found Theatre Of Tragedy. I'm highly satisfied once again. This is their debut, and it's a MUST PURCHACE. Check out Leaves' Eyes while you're at it, you will not be disappointed...
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