Theatre of Tragedy was a Norwegian metal band originally assembled in 1993 and best known for their earlier albums, which are among the most important albums of the Gothic Metal genre. They also helped pioneer the technique of Soprano and Gravel; they were not the first to use it (Celtic Frost, Paradise Lost, and The Gathering did it before them), but they were the ones to popularise it, resulting in the technique being a staple of the genre, possibly to the point of overuse.
Their first three albums featured growled vocals and lyrics written predominantly in Early Modern English. From Musique onwards, the band switched to industrial rock and abandoned Early Modern English writing and death grunts in the process. They returned to Gothic Metal on Storm, though it was Lighter and Softer than their first three albums and still had modern English lyrics.
The band split on October 2nd, 2010, 17 years to the day after forming.
- Raymond István Rohonyi - Vocals, Programming, lyrics
- Nell Sigland - Vocals
- Frank Claussen - Guitar
- Vegard K. Thorsen - Guitar
- Lorentz Aspen - Keyboards
- Hein Frode Hansen - Drums
- Liv Kristine - Vocals
- Tommy Lindal - Guitar
- Tommy Olsson - Guitar
- Pål Bjåstad - Guitar
- Geir Flikkeid - Guitar
- Eirik T. Saltrø - Bass
- Theatre of Tragedy, 1995
- Velvet Darkness They Fear, 1996
- Aégis, 1998
- Musique, 2000
- Assembly, 2002 (Liv Kristine's last album with the band)
- Storm, 2006 (Nell Sigland's first album with the band)
- Forever Is the World, 2009
Tropes that apply to Theatre of Tragedy:
- The Band Minus the Face: After Liv Kristine's departure.
- Doom Metal / Death Metal: Their first two albums, at least, are part of the "death/doom" genre (death metal + doom metal). In fact, when Theatre of Tragedy first started (before Liv Kristine was a permanent member), they almost exclusively used death growls.
- Epic Rocking: A fair amount of the songs from their first three albums. From Musique onward, the longer songs would only reach five or occasionally six minutes.
- Flowery Elizabethan English: The first three albums only. Occasionally this led to Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe with some verb conjugations or mixing up "thy" and "thine," but it set the tone very well. Abandoned from Musique onward.
- "There hath past away a glore fro the Earth;A glore that in the hearts and minds of men,Men dementéd - blindfoldéd by light,Nourisheth as weed in their well-groom'd garths."— "And When He Falleth," from Velvet Darkness They Fear
- Genre Shift: From Gothic Metal to Industrial Metal, then back again.
- Gothic Metal: One of the most influential bands of the genre, though they moved away from it on Musique and Assembly.
- Grand Finale: Their final show, in their hometown Stavanger, was recorded and released as the live album Last Curtain Call.
- Lighter and Softer: Storm and Forever Is the World when compared to the much darker first three albums.
- Loudness War: Forever Is the World was their biggest offender.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Their first two albums range from 4 to 9; Aégis veers between 4 and 6; the latter four albums are all around 6.
- New Sound Album: The Genre Shift from Aégis to Musique was controversial, but Aégis itself was also a tad Lighter and Softer than the two albums before it.
- One-Woman Song: Every song title in Aégis, referring to women in mythology and ancient history.
- One-Woman Wail: Raymond only appears in half the songs on Forever Is the World, but the title track deserves special mention for how Nell's vocals are used.
- One-Word Title: Aégis did this for every song, but every album after generally stuck to this rule as well ("Machine," "Image," "Hollow," "Storm," "Frozen," etc.) with only a couple exceptions. Their first two albums mostly used phrases for song titles.
- Self-Titled Album: Their debut, as seen above.
- Soprano and Gravel: Their first three albums popularised this technique; their later stuff keeps the style, but does it slightly differently (i.e. male vocals are mostly spoken or sung softly, except for a few growled lines on Forever Is the World).