Theatre of Tragedy

According to Wikipedia, the Norwegian gothic metal band Theatre of Tragedy was one of the first, if not the first, bands to employ what are often termed “beauty and the beast” vocals. At the very least, they are one of the few bands I know that have used “death grunts”, the “beast” element of these vocals, to melodious effect, rather than having them overpower each other element of their songs. With lyrics in early modern English, German, the occasional sound clip, and haunting piano work, their early output remains the defining feature of their 17 year existence.

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