Forever Is the World

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Forever Is the World
Studio album by Theatre of Tragedy
Released 18 September 2009
Recorded Room 13 Studios, Oslo and Suksesslaboratoriet, Stavanger, Norway, May-June 2009
Genre Gothic metal
Length 49:01
Label AFM
Producer Alexander Møklebust and Theatre of Tragedy
Theatre of Tragedy chronology
Storm
(2006)
Forever Is the World
(2009)
Last Curtain Call
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
USA Progressive Music 9/10 stars[2]
Blistering 8/10 stars[3]
Femme Metal 8/10 stars[4]
Reflections Of Darkness (positive)[5]
Metal Storm (7.9/10)[6]
Metal Underground 2/5 stars[7]
About.com 3/5 stars[8]
Metal Temple 6/10 stars[9]

Forever Is the World is the seventh and final studio album by the Norwegian gothic metal band Theatre of Tragedy. It was released on 18 September 2009, on AFM Records. The album was produced by the Zeromancer singer Alexander Møklebust and mastered by Bjørn Engelmann.[10]

The cover art was designed by Thomas Ewerhard, who made the covers for the previous two albums by the band, Storm and Assembly.[11] When the cover art was revealed on the band's website, they said that it had been designed to incorporate elements from the covers of all of their previous studio albums as a challenge to their most diehard fans.[12]

Since the release of the record there have been complaints about the mixing and mastering of the album with claims of fuzzing and clipping. The album has been linked by fans to the Loudness War.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Theatre of Tragedy. 

No. Title Length
1. "Hide and Seek"   5:24
2. "A Nine Days Wonder"   5:17
3. "Revolution"   4:04
4. "Transition"   4:59
5. "Hollow"   6:10
6. "Astray"   3:42
7. "Frozen"   5:20
8. "Illusions"   4:45
9. "Deadland"   4:40
10. "Forever Is the World"   4:40
11. "The Breaking" (Japan bonus track) 4:26

Personnel[edit]

Theatre of Tragedy[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Magnus Westgaard – bass guitar

Production[edit]

  • Alexander Møklebust – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Mads Storkersen, Aleksander Nyhus - engineers
  • Pzy-clone - drum editing & additional string arrangements
  • Kristian Sigland - additional writing and arrangements on tracks 1, 3 and 7
  • Björn Engelmann – mastering at Cutting Room, Sweden
  • Thomas Ewerhard – cover art

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is the World review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Dashifen Kees, David. "Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is the World". USA Prog Music.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Coe, Matt. "Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is the World". Blistering. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Cannella, Tony. "Theatre of Tragedy - "Forever Is the World" (2009)". Femme Metal Webzine. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Renner, Katrin (14 September 2009). "Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is the World". Reflections of Darkness.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is the World". Metal Storm. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Theatre of Tragedy - "Forever Is the World" (CD)". Metal Underground.com. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is the World". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Kontogeorgakos, Dimitris (12 October 2009). "Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is the World (CD)". Metal Temple.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Theatre of Tragedy: new album track listing revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Theatre of Tragedy: new album artwork unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "New album update". Theatreoftragedy.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2012.