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    Theatres Des Vampires

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1The Jester's Shadow lyrics
    2Lunatic Asylum lyrics
    3Ancient Damned lyrics
    4Macabria lyrics
    5Rosa Mistero lyrics
    6Dracole Waide lyrics
    7Dances With Satan (Cut the Throat Version) lyrics
    8Bloodlust lyrics
    9Pale Religious Letchery lyrics
    10Theatre of Horrors lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Bloody Lunatic Asylum [2001]
    2The Vampire Chronicles [1999]
    3The (Un)Official History 1993-2003 [2003]
    4Vampyrìsme [2003]
    5Jubilaeum Anno Dracula [2001]
    6Nosferatu Eine Sinphonie des Grauens [1995]
    7Vampyrìsme, Nècrophilie, Nècrosadisme, Nècrophagie [1996]
    8Suicide Vampire [2002]
    9Nightbreed of Macabria [2004]


    The curtain rose on the Theatres des Vampires in 1995 with the release of the demo 'Nosferatu eine symphonie des grauen', which incorporated an icy blast of raw Black Metal with heavy Gothic undertones. The following year the band's debut emerged, entitled 'Vampyrìsme, nècrophilie, nècrosadisme, nècrophagie' - a vampiric statement of intent: to ravish, torment, and consume the dead. The line-up was then ever-evolving, Alexander striving to find like-minded musicians who shared his dark vision, and the ultimate cast for the Theatres des Vampires began to form, particularly keyboardist Fabian (known as 'Necros') who has proven a prolific writing partner, while reinforcing the band's Gothic elements.
    In 1999, they secured a deal with the UK's Blackend records for their 'Vampire Chronicles', crucially giving the Theatres access to the arteries of the international scene with their distinctive blend of sinister sophistication and Satanic savagery. 'Bloody Lunatic Asylum' followed in 2001 - their most shamelessly atmospheric release to that point, it made effective use of the lush female vocals of Scarlet and Justine, as well as lyrics borrowed from the 19th century French decadent poets Baudelaire and Rimbaud. Those who might accuse the Theatres des Vampires of lacking a sense of humour were to be confounded on the 2002 'Suicide Vampire' album which was to feature a cover of pop pixie Kylie Minogue's hit 'I Can't Get You Out of My Head', suitably vampirised into 'I Can't Get You Out of My Grave'. Sadly Ms Minogue's lawyers were more lacking in the humour department and withdrew permission at the last minute, and the album had to be recalled and re-edited minus the mischievous bonus track.

    Performance is key to the Theatres des Vampires experience which pivots upon vocal interplay between founder Alexander and their sultry female chanteuse Scarlet - a classic sepulchral marriage of the seductive and menacing, manifest in their powerfully atmospheric live presence. 'Nightbreed of Macabria' (2004), their most recent offering, represents a musical travelogue through a beautiful yet unspeakably grotesque realm of the imagination, that owes something to the cinematic vision of Gothic director par excellence Tim Burton, achieved through the band's most ambitious use of lavish symphonic orchestration to date. Such diverse elements that owe something to the band's Latin blood - the stylish splatter of Italian horror, the symphonic excess of her opera, the blood-soaked allure of her long history - combine to make Theatres des Vampires one of the most elegantly dark, and eerily compelling metal bands the world has to offer.

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