Norway's THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, who recently inked a deal with AFM Records, have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Things are coming together now and the songs are already now sounding great.
Last week the finishing touch on the bass were laid down by Magnus Westgaard (Nell's brother),our 'rent-a-brilliant bassplayer.' He went through the songs like knife through butter. One of the best sounding bass rig we've ever heard. We started by recording the synths last week as well. This time we actually recorded the songs live, instead of programming lots of stuff. It sounds and feels much better with all the songs. On some songs we even got the chance to record some real grand-piano. Last Friday the boys (Lorentz, Rico, Børge & Vegard) went into Fagerborg Studio in Oslo to record on a Steinway & sons C4 grand piano. Not used to the heavyweight keys Lorentz hammered his way through hell and back to get it right. After the molestation of the grand piano we all went back to the studio happy as hell. It sounds fantastic!!! We're going to put up some video clips of it. Just hang around this space for more info.
"As most of the songs has strings as a major part of the sound, we brought in Sareeta from RAM-ZET (whom we befriended on the 'Assembly' tour 2002) to play some violin for us. She just received a new electrical violin which she used for these recordings. A pure evil specimen, with the beautiful name Thea.
"Right now Frank and Vegard are in the studio electrifying the songs with a wall of guitar sound!. Just to make sure the sound is going to be killer, we amped them up with Engl, Mesa Boogies and Marshalls to play their Gibson Gothic guitars through. IT SOUNDS HEAVY AS F**K!"
In other news, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY will co-headline two Greek shows with SAMAEL in December. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Dec. 17 - Mylos (Apothiki Venue) – Thessaloniki, GRE
Dec. 18 - AN Club – Athens, GRE
THEATRE OF TRAGEDY's as-yet-untitled new album will be the group's first to feature singer Nell (THE CREST),who replaced Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (currently in LEAVES' EYES) in early 2004. A March 24, 2006 release is expected. Download audio samples of two demo songs recorded last year: "Fade" (mp3),"Seven" (mp3).