THEATRE OF TRAGEDY
October 17, 2000 - 2020: 20 years of: ['mju?z?k] AKA Musique.
From somber darkness ...to electro-pop ?
Yes it did happened and it sounded beautiful. So few non-blackmetal bands come from Norway, yet THEATRE OF TRAGEDY's dark trajectory is uncommon to say the least. From melodic darkmetal on 1995's eponymous debut, to the epic-doom 1998 Aégis CD, they owned this scene ...so they bailed-out and when full 90° to new far-fetched accessible extremes: industrial-pop !
Rich rhythms and sub-bass instantly fills the room as "Machine" kicks-off ...and then comes the queen of melodic-metal the beautiful Liv Kristine. The voice of an angel, matched with a Reznor-like vibe, different, lovable and also deeply alienating. Crunchy heaviness breaks down walls on "City Of Light" and the hammering "Crash / Concrete" is like an iron fist in a velvet glove, a stomper not performed by RAMMSTEIN !
The alternative commercial flare of "Image" and the hypnotic beat of "Musique" are perfectly taylored for the Berlin / Tokyo after-hours dance-floors, while the heavy kicks and haunting melodies of "Radio" solidifies the genius behind this band's song-writing. The album's focus is expressed on the mesmerizing chants of Kristine on "Reverie". A lonely white-rose in the mud, this piece is warm melody in a cold digital age ...pure eerie gothicmetal !
The new millennium is here and all the tools are at our fingertips. Fashion and art took a turn deep into the future and metal got tempted. Extreme bands like MORTIIS, AND OCEANS, THE KOVENANT and even MAYHEM all got a cyber make-over.
For their Second Act, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY's binary formula would come back on 2002's Assembly CD, but sadly a year later Liv Kristine would leave the band and break the magic in this unique unit.
1 and 4 was for the Commodore: a new extreme, into the other end of the music spectrum.
Image = video
Machine = video
Live in Norway in 2001
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