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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.
History and background
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.
The band has produced ten albums in ten years with the English label Plastic Head, and has gained more recognition within the metal scene in Europe, South America and Russia, partially because of the band’s participation in various festivals around the world. These include Vampyria III in London in 1999, Gods of Metal in Italy in 2000, Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig in 2003 , 2006 and 2013, Gotham in London in 2004, Female Voices Festival in Wieze, Belgium in 2006, Battle of Metal open air festival in 2007, Germay, Castle party festival in 2010, Poland and more..
In 2003 the band toured with Christian Death throughout Europe, and recorded an album with Valor of Christian Death and Gian Pyres of Cradle of Filth as special guests.
The band’s shows have always seen a reasonable level of attendance, and have become more dramatic over the band’s career, incorporating fireworks and “out of line” appearances by Scarlet.
Since 2004 Sonya Scarlet has remained the solo vocalist and front of the band, replacing her previous role as backing vocals.
Scarlet sometimes cuts herself with razors at performances, freely letting fans drink her blood, promising them the gift of immortality. In 2005 several English clubs forbade her performing the display of bloodletting, because it violates English laws against the incitement to commit suicide.
On 28 November 2005 Aural Music released the album Pleasure and Pain. Distributors throughout Europe bought the album and it was published with permission in Europe, South America, the USA, Russia, and Japan.
On 19 March 2007 they released Desire of Damnation. It is a double CD, with live songs from The Addiction Tour 2006 and some new studio songs and remixes.
On 2008 Anima Noir, produced by Christian Ice was released and the Anima Noir Tour brought the band touring for the first time in South America and Russia, playing also important festivals like Castle Party in Poland and Battle Of Metal in Germany.
Moonlight Waltz is the 9th studio album of the band, produced again by Christian Ice and released by Aural Music/Sony BMG in January 2011, the album got very good reviews all around the world, getting also very good sales, selling out the first printing in only two months. In March 2011 the album has been reprinted.
The “Moonlight Waltz Tour 2011” brought Theatres Des Vampires on tour playing more than 30 shows all around Europe, Russia and Turkey. The show in Moscow of the 2011 MWT was filmed and released on the live DVD in April 2012, just before the new leg of the European tour.
The Moonlight Waltz Tour ended at Wave Gotik Treffen 2013 after a successful tour in Central and South America in February/March 2013.
Candyland is the 10th studio album released on October 2016 via Scarlet records and produced, mixed and mastered by Christian Ice at Temple of Noise studio . Candyland boasts the special guest appearance by legendary Moonspell frontman Fernando Ribeiro on the song “Seventh room” .