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Theatre of Tragedy: Musique (Remastered)

I have always been familiar with the angelically vocalized Symphonic Metal icon Liv Kristine from her time with the majestically-sumptuous Leaves’ Eyes and I was tremendously fortunate enough to meet her once in Cardiff, Wales in 2012 performing with the exceptional Symphonic Metal outlet supporting Gus G’s Power Metal phenomenon Firewind, however I have never ever had the absolute opportunity to listen and explore the attaching essences of Liv’s preceding outing with the 2010 disbanded Industrial Gothic Rock/Metal advocates Theatre of Tragedy; fundamentally hoping that this would be a new repeat by repeat unexpected obsession for me from the unlighted-doomy quintet and so I could delve deeper into the electronically-dingy elite’s back catalogue to explore some further possible astoundingly formatted aspects of their material.

At the outset, I was not entirely a lover of this portfolio of Gothically-smothered Doom infused musicality at all, nevertheless that steadily changed over time the more and more I attended some listening time to this industrialized group of the surrounding fragments that amiably push the computerized foundations of the music to a close maximum on the spectrum of this particular genre of music; evidently expressed through the sublime catchiness of the finest track on the record ‘Radio’ and the progressively constructed balances of the rhythmic drive displayed on the projected whims of the title track ‘Musique’.

Capturing the real essences of sorrow and the digitally programmed roots of Theatre of Tragedy, Musique predominantly offers something for Pop music fanatics, Heavy Metal devotees or for even the supreme activists of an exalted exhibition smothered by a catalogue of electronically spirited textures to shake the bones of those who take the time to appreciate what is actually going on in the confound layers of this enterprising offering as seen through the faceless constitutions of the mythically awe-inspiring ‘City of Light’ and the pop marinated whimsical spurts firing from the of the zestful produce of the song ‘Image’; along with distributing an immense form of cleverly written Gothic Industrial Pop Rock and the whole outfit connecting considerably well through their successful delivery of their brawny number ‘Retrospect’ compacted with the addition of a new version of the exclusively sophisticated trance computerization of ‘Space Age’ and originally released through its first inception during the rise of the millennium.

With all things fitting well, this collection of unilluminated episodes from the tragedized theatre show dismally inserts a slight aspect of annoyance amongst its midst that can audibly be heard dispensing in the shape of the mostly male vocal lines slotted in the pits of its verses that to me gets very tedious at the best of times and the veritable squalls of the charismatic Gothically stylized cybernated collision course that resides in the sheets remarkably well loses its grit; however my overall emotion towards this benefaction suffers with its grip falling short of what the outcome could have been these twenty years later and the concluding performance remains only a solidified satisfactory one to say the least.


  1. Machine
  2. City of Light
  3. Fragment
  4. Musique
  5. Commute
  6. Radio
  7. Image
  8. Crash/Concrete
  9. Retrospect
  10. Reverie
  11. Space Age
  12. Image (French Version)

Added: January 24th 2021
Reviewer: James Mannion
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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