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Theatre of Tragedy is 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 after forming.


Final lineup:

  • Raymond István Rohonyi - Vocals, Programming, lyrics
  • Nell Sigland - Vocals
  • Frank Claussen - Guitar
  • Vegard K. Thorsen - Guitar
  • Lorentz Aspen - Keyboards
  • Hein Frode Hansen - Drums

Former members:

  • Liv Kristine - Vocals
  • Tommy Lindal - Guitar
  • Tommy Olsson - Guitar
  • Pål Bjåstad - Guitar
  • Geir Flikkeid - Guitar
  • Eirik T. Saltrø - Bass

Studio albums:

  • 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
Theatre of Tragedy provides examples of the following tropes:
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