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Theatre of Tragedy : A Rose for the Dead

One year after the successful release of 'Velvet Darkness They Fear', Theatre of Tragedy put a little extra on the market. The time was too short for a new album, but they didn't want to disappear into oblivion by waiting too long. So, 'A Rose For the Dead' was released. It contains a new song in the typical style of the previous album, another song in German (which also would have fitted on that album), the English translation of 'Der Tanz der Schatten' (in a slightly different musical way), two remixes of songs from the previous album and a cover song of Joy Division's 'Decades'.

I won't spend too many words on the first three songs, as they are exactly as can be expected: standard, high quality Theatre of Tragedy songs. About the two remixes then. The great song 'And When He Falleth' has been completely ruined and raped by B. Kramm of Das Ich. The beauty of the song is lost in uninspired electronic drivel, and while listening to the remix, one can feel that the remixer didn't really know what to make out of it. The second remix, of 'Black as the Devil Painteth' is much better done. The remix has turned the song into an appreciable, danceable gothic song: interesting rythm changes and changing of the samples to different places of the song. The cover song is meant as a way to pay tribute to Joy Divison, one of the bands that had a major influence on Raymond and other band members. The difference with the original version is not very big, but significant enough to validate the cover version (what's the use of doing a cover when you just copy the song?).

The mCD comes into a nice digipak with excellent artwork and some nice band pictures. Truely something for the fans of the 'Velvet Darkness They Fear' album.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Rose for the Dead
2. Der Spiegel
3. As the Shadows dance
4. And When He Falleth (remix)
5. Black as the Devil Painteth (remix)
6. Decades

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes.

Visit the Theatre of Tragedy bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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