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Theatres des Vampires

(ROME-ITALY)

GOTHIC METAL GODS

Candyland

TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016

CONCEPT ALBUM OF THE YEAR

100 OUT OF 100 BLOOD DRIPPING SKULLS

TIMELESS MASTERPICE

October 14, 2016

Scarlet Records

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THE IMMORTALS OF METAL ON THIS TIMELESS MASTERPIECE

Sonya Scarlet *Vocals

Giorgio Ferrante

Zimon Lijoi * Bass

Gabriel Valerio * Drums

THE SONGS YOU LOVE AND KNOW BY HEART AND FOREVER BURNED ONTO YOUR DNA

Morgana Effect

Ressurection Mary

Delusional Denial

Parasomnia

Candyland

Your Ragdoll

Photographic —Depeche Mode Cover-Version—

Opium Shades

Seventh Room

Autum Leaves

Theatres Des Vampires music will survive the test of time, at the time of this writing a record review for the timeless masterpiece “Candyland”. The band is going on 20 years of being heavy metal legends with zero sell-out records, even though the band changes styles, but it was in a classy way with transition albums, between each change in the right heavier more metallic direction. I love every album this bands has released. It does escape some readers in the international heavy metal community that we are a GOTHIC METAL and a SYMPHONIC BLACK METAL, a DARK METAL and a AVANT-GARDE METAL publication, our slant is always TOWARDS THE AUTHENTIC.

The concept of authencity escapes most people because they have none.

I got my largest fixes of GOTHIC MAYHEM not from Gothic Rock, but from the GOTHIC aesthetic found in classical music. From 1967-nowdays 20 years before the first GOTHIC METAL album which was released in November 1987. My listening habits are 50/50 Classical Music / True Metal. Classical Music the World-Class artists and heavy metal also, the upper-tier of the World-Class Heavy Metal artist. It does escaped causal readers, that in the upper left hand corner it says WORLD-CLASS HEAVY METAL.

Theates Des Vampires always will be featured here in the pages of KICK*ASS*METAL and our HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME. Out of the most true metallers in the W0rld, our houses are heavy metal hall of fames.!!

Not exactly sure where Theates Des Vampires are on our top 1oo artist of al-time list, on our want-list, it is pretty high, because every album they release is not just a album here but a major event in the history of World-Class Heavy Metal.

KICK*ASS*METAL serves as a WORLD-CLASS HEAVY METAL history book in the event you lose everything, and need to rebuild your collection from Scratch.

The Theates Des Vampires back catalogue is held in high esteem here, in the top 10 upper-tier of all-time with Crest of Darkness, Cradle of Filth, The Gathering, Edge of Paradise, Coven featuring Jinx Dawson, Lucifer featuring Johanna Sadonis, Mercyful Fate, Riti Occulti.

Myself if I had to rebuild my record collection from a act of god, as insurance term. I would recollect everything the band has done. But for the hardcore gothic metal fanatic. If you experienced a loss of property and need to rebuilt your music collection of all things KICK*ASS and all things AUTHENTIC. And are on a limited buget. I would recommend to the casual hardcore metal fan to sart with the 2004 album Nightbreed of Macabria, Pleasure and Pain, Amina Noir, Moonlight Waltz, Moonlight Waltz DVD/CD , and Candyland.

Best release from Theaters Des Vampires, had to say depending on each era, like I said, bands can change from a extreme metal style to a more melodic heavy metal style, for longevity reasons, and still keep there metallic edge/ driving edge/ savage factor. Sharp effective riffs/ deadly / molten metal kick*ass RIFFS are f0und in all style of heavy metal from bands Such as Trouble “Psalms 9” To Dimmu Borgir “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia”

This album “Candyland” will be a personal favorite of mine, since last year in 2015 I believe there were 3 albums that are now in the top 10 CONCEPT ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME, with the number 1’s being in heavy rock being One-Eyed Doll “Witches” and the number 1 in heavy metal being Crest of Darkness “The Ogress”, since it is a album based on Belle Gunness. Which is something a fan of Macabre should be frothing at the mouth over.!!!!

I have gave this tons of spins, and this is one of the highlights of 2016, because of the excellent song-writing and perfect musicianship, and Sonya Scarlet’s perfect metallic vocals.

As far as where would I rate this album, and where would it be on metallic binges for my heavy metal fix. I already have been playing it heavily in heavy rotation between One-Eyed Doll “Witches” and The Gathering “Mandylion”. And the album does well on its own when I press the repeat all button on the CD player, because the albums has perfect continuity, and like all World-Class upper-tier timeless masterpiece art, time stands still and a lot of introspection will take place enjoying this all-time classic.

Below is a CD review we picked up from Corrosive Magazine, because the Pennhurst Asylum quote…we made a couple of changes, since the review is unaware that this album is TIMELESSS MASTERPIECES….and IS A KICK*ASS*METAL HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM…we had to correct their rating f@Ck-up…!!!!!!! —editor

 

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 Photo above World-Class Vocalist Sonya Scarlet

“Italian METAL GODS Theatres des Vampires are back and biting with their latest album, Candyland – set to be unleashed October 14th on Scarlet Records. This time it seems the vampire themes have been left behind, with the album being based on the concept of the eponymous children’s ward at the infamous Pennhurst Asylum. This release sees the departure of two members, the band’s main composer and keyboardist, Fabio Varesi as well as guitarist Stefan Benfanto. Only the latter has been replaced by guitarist Giorgio Ferrante, which is surprising as this is possibly the group’s most keyboard heavy release to-date.

The last studio material we heard from the vampire theatre came in the form of their ‘Cult of Lamia’ EP, which saw the band take a step back to their roots and embrace the atmospheric, extreme-metal influenced sound that made them famous. Many fans had hoped that their next full length instalment would be in a similar vein – however that’s not the case. Candyland is the most synth-heavy and modern-sounding record the band has ever released.

The first track ‘Morgana Effect’ opens with synth sounds and an electronic beat, before erupting into industrial metal style riffing – with slightly nu-metal leanings in the vein of Lacuna Coil. Scarlet’s voice is harsher than usual at first and it strikes immediately as one of the heaviest tracks the band has recorded in years. There’s a great guitar solo near the beginning of the song, and from then on the riffing can only be described as thunderous, showing off Ferrante’s skills straight away. It seems he may have injected the energy back into the band that had faded on the last couple of releases.

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‘Resurrection Mary’ follows, and again this track is brimming with energy. The riffing is strong, the drumming is powerful. The structure is laid out infectiously, yet it’s not too repetitive. Scarlet’s chorus “run mary run” combined with the male shouting “run” is a recipe that’s sure to get a lot of people pressing their repeat button for this song. The synth sounds compliment this sound nicely.

Third track ‘Delusional Denial’ is again very heavy. The chord progression here is stomping and uneasy, creating a sense of torment and distress which fits in with the perfectly with the album’s theme. At the same time as creating a dark atmosphere, they also manage to make it catchy. Even back in their black metal days, one of their strengths was hooking people and that’s something that remains true today.

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Up next is ‘Parasomnia’ which opens sounding like one of those “metal” bands the kids listen to these days. OK, I wouldn’t go that far, but it does lean in that direction. It’s not as strong as the first three tracks, and I’d say it’s the equivalent to ‘Le Grand Guignol’ from Moonlight Waltz, with a similar rhythm and structure.

The title track comes next. This one opens with eerie atmospheric sounds and a creepy child trying to sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. A twisted nursery rhyme through the eyes of a tormented child. The riffing is again very powerful and at times has some classic heavy metal vibes, while the piano melodies – although simple, prove very effective and remind me of the instrument’s use on ‘More’ by Sisters of Mercy.

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‘Your Ragdoll’ has to be the most infectious song on the album. Opening with a monster synth sound which intertwines with an equally powerful guitar. Again, it leans towards that “modern” metal sound, but this time it’s done right and it suits Scarlet’s unconventional voice surprisingly well.

If you’re more into symphonic sounds than electronic, fear not. Named after the operatic melodrama, ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ leans a lot more towards a classic gothic metal sound with it’s combination of wailing melancholy and emotional guitar solos.

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Theatres des Vampires. Eurodance. Yes, they went there. It happened. There’s no going back. If you don’t like synths, tough. What we have with ‘Photographic’ is a combination of the aforementioned 90s dance genre and gothic metal. It opens with a similar sound to ‘No Limits’ by 2 Unlimited. Add in some TDV style gothic metal riffing, Scarlet’s vocals and some classic hyperactive euro-melodies and the ultimate fusion of sound is created. This one is going to be stuck in my head a lot.

I’m also picking up some 90s dance vibes on the next track ‘Opium Shades’. I’m getting the impression that most of the band’s energy went into the first half of the album. What stands out on this track is the interaction between the drums and guitars, the rhythm is more impressive than anything they’ve done in years. Following that is ‘Seventh Room’ which stars guest vocals from Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro. It opens with melodic pianos before bursting into a full on metal sound.

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The final track ‘Autumn Leaves’ comes the closest to the outfit’s old sound, starting off with some gentle, emotive moonlight sonata style piano sounds. This is definitely a lot more gothic than the rest of the album. It gradually builds up to a dramatic film-score style climax. This is definitely one that fans of older material will enjoy more.

In summary. Hard to summarise. Not what I was expecting. Somewhat quirky, but I have quickly warmed to it. Some tracks are ultra-modern, while others lean towards a more traditional gothic metal sound. However, as a whole the album flows well as one cohesive piece. Although it is synth heavy, the guitar work is top notch, and not at all neglected, in fact, better than it’s been in years. The new guitarist is definitely a welcome addition to the band, as it is his work that gives Candyland its strength, flavouring the band a new edge and taking them a step forward in their continuing evolution. Let’s face it, the old Theatres des Vampires is never coming back and it’s not fair to compare them to a time when they were a completely different genre. What they’re doing now is hook-laden electro-gothic metal, and they’re extremely good at it – so judging on those terms this is an excellent album.

An emotive, high-energy electro-gothic opus.” 100/100 BLOOD DRIPPING SKULLS

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Since 3 of the top 10 concept albums happened in hard rock/ heavy metal metallic history just last year in 2015 were adding Candyland to the TOP 10 Concept albums of all-time

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GREATEST CONCEPT ALBUMS HARD ROCK

One-Eyed Doll “Witches” — CATEGORY HARD ROCK

#1 Norway

Crest of Darkeness * The Ogress * May 12th, 1999 — CATEGORY HEAVY METAL — NORWAY

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# 1 International

Cradle of Filth * Cruelty And Beast — CATEGORY HEAVY METAL INTERNATIOAL

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The Best of the Best of the rest in alphabetical order

Coven * Witchcraft Reaps Souls and Destroys Minds

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Emperor * Prometheus — The Discipline and Fire

Fear Factory * Demanufuacture

King Diamond * Abigail

King Diamond * Them

Macbre * Dahmner

Nocturnus * The Key

ONE-EYED DOLL * WITCHES

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Opeth * My Arms, Your Hearse

Theates Des Vampires * Candyland

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Queensryche * Empire

Wooden Stake * A Feast of Virgin Souls

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Biography below is courtesy of the bands official facebook presence.

“…their music, 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. 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…” Gavin Baddeley – Metal Hammer

Theatres des Vampires is an Italian gothic metal band with strong symphonic orchestra influences, mostly noted for the predominant theme of vampirism within their lyrics.

The name “Theatres des Vampires” was inspired by a fictional location created by Gothic fantasy writer Anne Rice of
the same name. Rice’s Theatres des Vampires is a Parisian theatre in which vampires pretend to be mortal actors,
their performances consisting of the feeding on mortals disguised as part of a play and staged in front of human
audiences. The location is mentioned in several of Rice’s books, including Interview With the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat.
Theatres des Vampires was formed in 1994 . The band’s members expressed a fascination with vampires and anything connected to them, earning themselves and their music the title “vampiric metal” from their contemporaries. The band created a coherent image of vampirism intheir stage performance and within the lyrical themes and atmospheres of their music, which contributed heavily to the gaining of their fanbase.
During their career, the band was first primarily influenced by symphonic black metal, but later tended to include
differing influences, including: classical music, opera, darkwave, deathrock,gothic rock and several industrial
subgenres.
Throughout this stylistic deviation, a few characteristics of the band’s music have remained consistent; melancholic
atmospheres and lyrics, vocal stylings akin to gothic metal, and their vampiric image.

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Photo below Pennhurst Asylum

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