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Studio album by Theatre of Tragedy
Released August 18, 1998
Recorded Woodhouse Studio, Hagen, Germany
Genre Gothic metal, gothic rock
Length 49:45 (Standard Edition)
Label Massacre
Producer Peter "Pee Wee" Coleman
Theatre of Tragedy chronology
A Rose for the Dead
Singles from Aégis
  1. "Cassandra"
    Released: April 1998 (1998-04)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos 5/10 stars[2]

Aégis is the third studio album by Norwegian gothic metal band Theatre of Tragedy, and the last album of their musical period defined by gothic stylings and Early Modern English lyrics.

Music and lyrics[edit]

As with Theatre of Tragedy's previous albums, the lyrics are written in Early Modern English which sounds very different from modern English: 'Vaunt! - Devil tyne - Wadst thou wane fore'ermae? (from the song "Angélique"). The subject matter is drawn from a range of European folklore and history: Venus and Poppæa are from Roman sources; Aœde, Cassandra, Bacchante and Siren are drawn from Greek mythology; while Lorelei refers to a Nix from German stories.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Note Length
1. "Cassandra"     6:47
2. "Lorelei"     5:36
3. "Angélique"     5:45
4. "Aœde"     6:09
5. "Siren"     7:28
6. "Samantha"   Note 1 4:12
7. "Venus"     5:32
8. "Poppæa"     5:46
9. "Bacchante"     6:42
10. "Virago"   Note 1 5:19
Total length:


  1. ^ Japanese Limited Edition Bonus Track


Theatre of Tragedy[edit]


From this period there were 2 releases.

  • "Cassandra" was the only single taken from the album and was released in April 1998. It was released in shorter version called "Cheap Wine Edit" and backed with "Aœde (Edit)"


Chart (1998) Peak position
German Albums Chart[3] 40

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Theatre of Tragedy - Aégis review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Bromley, Adrian (1 October 1998). "Theatre of Tragedy - _Aegis_". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Album - Theatre of Tragedy, Aégis". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 April 2014.