Raymond I. Rohonyi:
Vegard K. Thorsen:
Hein Frode Hansen:
The storm that they literally set free with their latest studio album from 2006 (“Storm”) paved the way for new opportunities for THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, Norway´s best Gothic band.
5 years ago from now they introduced her new singer Nell and it was not sure if the fans would accept a new face fronting their favourite band. But once you meet Nell, you can´t help but like her attitude. Fans immediately recognised that this girl deserved some respect, deserved to be in the band. It could have been easier to just pick somebody who sounded more like Liv Kristine, but the artistic conception and “forward”-thinking of the band didn´t allow thoughts like this. Lucky so!
After having proved in countless live shows that Nell is not only an enchanting voice on record, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY now return with their new studio album, entitled “Forever Is The World”.
Compared to “Storm” (which was a back to the roots album in many ways) the new piece of art nearly completely dismisses the electronic elements. You can witness mellow songwriting full of ideas, but much more back to the (Gothic) Rock base. The contrast of Nell´s and Raymond´s voices creates an amazing atmosphere throughout the whole album and underlines once again why the band is still the top act in their genre.
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY made music history in the mid nineties with albums like “Velvet darkness they fear” and “Aegis”. Never before had a band combined a dark male voice with enchanting and bright female vocals to this extent. And no one could have guessed that this mixture would cause such a bright variety of dark and atmospheric shades that has made Gothic Rock/Metal so popular. THEATRE OF TRAGEDY will be, and has always been, unique.
But a band creating something so ground-breaking can never be a band that does not dare anything. So the Norwegians have always developed and experimented with their talents, being creative and exploring new ways to express themselves.
Industrial electronic influences were to follow with their album Musique, there were changes in the line-up, and even shades of pop-music on their following album Assembly. Even though they’ve experimented with different musical styles, you could always find the ‘THEATRE OF TRAGEDY touch’ in their music.
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY parted ways with female singer Liv Kristine in August 2003 and thereby marked an end of their first decade as a band that has dared, gained and achieved more than most of the others. A decade of great creativity and a permanent artistic development draws to a close. And what has been more than clear all the time, is that this was not an conclusive end, but a new beginning. With Nell, their new age had begun. “Storm” was the strong comeback of a band that has never been away, another proof that THEATRE OF TRAGEDY has not only influenced the music scene, but that they are still able to do so.
“Forever Is The World” continues right where “Storm” left off but without the use of electronic elements and with a more natural sound. The album was recorded at Room 13 studios in Oslo with producer Alexander Møklebust (who has previously worked with Zeromancer, Seigmen, Monomen and Delaware, and others). Responsible for the mastering was Bjørn Engelmann (Cutting Room, Sweden). Be prepared for the newest incarnation of THEATRE OF TRAGEDY!
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Last Curtain Call
AFM DC 344-7
AFM CD 344-3
Release Date: 2011-05-20
Media: DVD-CD/ 2-CD
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Addenda EP
AFM SG 212-4
Release Date: 2010-08-27
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Forever Is The World - Tour Edition
AFM CD 212-3
Release Date: 2010-03-12
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Forever Is The World
AFM CD 212-2
AFM CD 212-9
Release Date: 2009-09-18
Media: CD/ Ltd. Digipak
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Deadland
AFM SG 212-5
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Media: Digitally Only.
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Storm
AFM CD 117-2
AFM CD 117-9
Release Date: 2006-03-24
Media: CD/ Ltd. Digicase
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY - Storm - EP
AFM SG 126-5
Release Date: 2006-02-24