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Release date: 1996
Style: Gothic metal

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01. Velvet Darkness They Fear
02. Fair And 'Guilding Copesmate Death
03. Bring Forth Ye Shadow
04. Seraphic Deviltry
05. And When He Falleth
    1 - Dialogue From "And When He Falleth"
06. Der Tanz Der Schatten
07. Black As The Devil Painteth
08. On Whom The Moon Doth Shine
09. The Masquerader And Phoenix

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Additional info
All songs written by Theatre Of Tragedy.
Produced by Pete Coleman.
Engineered by Gerhard Magin.
Recorded and mixed at Commusication Studios, Germany.

"A Rose for the Dead" is the bonus track for the japanese edition.

Re-released by Century Media in 26/08/1997.
"A Rose for the Dead" & "And when He Falleth (remix)" are bonus tracks for the brazilian edition.

Lineup:
Raymond I. Rohonyi - Vocals
Liv Kristine Espences - Soprano
Geir Flikkeid - Guitars
Tommy Lindal - Guitars
Eirik T.Saltro - Bass
Hein Frode Hansen - Drums
Lorentz Aspen - Piano, Synth

Guest review by
Ernis

Rating:
8.1
The following review concerns Velvet Darkness They Fear, the second album of the Norwegian Gothic ensemble Theatre Of Tragedy, released one year after their wonderful eponymous debut album. Velvet Darkness They Fear is a fine and strong continuation of the style the musicians brought to audiences with their first release, emotional and graceful songs in an atmosphere of doom and Gothic styles. Theatre Of Tragedy's sound is genuine, clearly distinctive from their colleagues of Tristania and Sirenia and more centered around mellow melancholy, in some ways more similar to My Dying Bride.

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published 13.06.2009 | Comments (12)

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garmling - 10.06.2011 at 15:21  
Rating: 10 Best ever Beauty and the Beast style of Gothic Doom Metal!!!
FELIX42 - 14.09.2011 at 03:49  
Rating: 10 I agree...a masterpiece....
Bloody_Kisses - 28.04.2012 at 12:15  
  The best album I have ever heard!!!
Vonpire - 19.06.2012 at 22:04  
Rating: 10 Where's the 11 to rate?
Bad English - 14.12.2012 at 15:17  
  Good album, maybe not such memorable classic how 1th one but still brilian masterpiece, lil ''softer'' I dont wanna say 1th was extreme metal growls, but it was not possible understand what they sing whit out lyrics, here you can hear worlds properly and its good
I like song in german Der Tanz Der Schatten it was awesome, same like song
And When He Falleth and part Dialogue From "And When He Falleth
Mr. Doctor - 14.12.2012 at 21:49  
Rating: 9
Written by Bad English on 14.12.2012 at 15:17

Good album, maybe not such memorable classic how 1th one but still brilian masterpiece, lil ''softer'' I dont wanna say 1th was extreme metal growls, but it was not possible understand what they sing whit out lyrics, here you can hear worlds properly and its good
I like song in german Der Tanz Der Schatten it was awesome, same like song
And When He Falleth and part Dialogue From "And When He Falleth


I disagree, this is to me far more memorable and the songwriting is sharper and with more thought. The production is clearer but certainly doesn't make it a softer album. For example the song On Whom The Moon Doth Shine could even have been done by My Dying Bride back in their old "turn loose the swans" days if you take out the female vocals. It has more "doomy" moments than ToT's debut.

The different in quality isn't that much though, I really like their debut (just listened to it today) but I just think this one has more depth behind it and everything got a little bit better: the production, the vocals, the riffs, etc.
Bad English - 14.12.2012 at 22:55  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2012 at 21:49

Written by Bad English on 14.12.2012 at 15:17

Good album, maybe not such memorable classic how 1th one but still brilian masterpiece, lil ''softer'' I dont wanna say 1th was extreme metal growls, but it was not possible understand what they sing whit out lyrics, here you can hear worlds properly and its good
I like song in german Der Tanz Der Schatten it was awesome, same like song
And When He Falleth and part Dialogue From "And When He Falleth


I disagree, this is to me far more memorable and the songwriting is sharper and with more thought. The production is clearer but certainly doesn't make it a softer album. For example the song On Whom The Moon Doth Shine could even have been done by My Dying Bride back in their old "turn loose the swans" days if you take out the female vocals. It has more "doomy" moments than ToT's debut.

The different in quality isn't that much though, I really like their debut (just listened to it today) but I just think this one has more depth behind it and everything got a little bit better: the production, the vocals, the riffs, etc.


I mean ''softer'' not softer, and its well I agree whit you about MDB, but what I mean you can understand what they sing about whit out ltrics, but sil last good album from the band
Erik M. - 18.12.2012 at 14:59  
Rating: 9 Definitely the best ToT album, destroys their debut as well as Aegis easily. It's also one of the best beauty and the beast albums I've ever heard, with great male and female vocals.
Erik M. - 18.12.2012 at 15:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2012 at 21:49

I disagree, this is to me far more memorable and the songwriting is sharper and with more thought. The production is clearer but certainly doesn't make it a softer album. For example the song On Whom The Moon Doth Shine could even have been done by My Dying Bride back in their old "turn loose the swans" days if you take out the female vocals. It has more "doomy" moments than ToT's debut.

The different in quality isn't that much though, I really like their debut (just listened to it today) but I just think this one has more depth behind it and everything got a little bit better: the production, the vocals, the riffs, etc.


I agree. As I said before, their debut is great, but (as you said, and I suspected) this album definitely improves upon it in basically every way... too bad they didn't continue making this kind of music.

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