“Storm” by Theatre Of Tragedy

Artist: Theatre Of Tragedy
Title: “The Storm”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 6/27/2006
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Theatre Of Tragedy returns with new recordings and most important of all – a new lead singer has joined the group. Stepping into the shoes of Liv Kristine comes Nell Sigland who really brings a lot to the table with her first outing as a member of the outfit. Kristine left a couple of years ago and now fronts Leave’s Eyes with her husband Alex Krull and the members of Atrocity. The style she adopted became a more Atmospheric Gothic Metal, while the ToT material remained more Gothic Hard Rock. There is a certain commercial feel to a lot of the songs on this album and when this is coupled up with the vocals of male singer Raymond Rohonyi the resulting formula works very well. There is a good chance that fans of Evanescence and Lacuna Coil will lean to the new sound of the group more than the sounds that their former singer took on. It’s a lot more accessible given its being rooted in a more conventional style of Hard Rock, there is a clean Male vocal which is almost mechanical at times and a lot of great keyboards running along with the guitars. Nell herself has a beautiful voice and her melodies add a dreamy quality to the tracks. Fans might feel that Liv Kristine would be a tough act to follow but I think after listening to this album that Sigland will have a large fan base as well. Title track of “Storm” mainly has Nell singing backup but as the album progresses she does more lead parts and really makes this album a pleasure to listen to. As a new listener to the bands material I found it very easy to follow and appreciate the sound and direction they were following and determine that many others who follow this Gothic branded sound will also find something they like about it.

Some of the favored tracks to me were of course the title since it forms the overall mood of the record but also songs like “Silence” where Nell rivals contemporaries like Amy Lee. “Fade” has single written all over it and it’s sure to set some people as their favorite on the album with its strong piano accompaniment. “Begin & End” is among the heavier numbers and shows that the Leaves Eyes sound is not far from that of ToT in many instances. I also enjoyed the vibe of “Disintegration” and feel its one of the better songs on an already great album. Closer of “Debris” is a powerful way to end the album and should be played at a decent volume. The band has been around for eleven years now and the material on this recording should allow them to become the next “overnight” sensation if the right people are paying attention. There is no excuse as to why this should not be in heavy rotation on mediums that cater to music of this nature. Be sure to check it out.

Track Listing:
1. Storm
2. Silence
3. Ashes And Dreams
4. Voices
5. Fade
6. Begin & End
7. Senseless
8. Exile
9. Disintegration
10. Debris

Official Website: www.theatreoftragedy.com

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