The Sins of Thy Beloved is a Norwegian
atmospheric / gothic metal band.
They formed in November 1996 by
Glenn, Arild and Stig under the name
Purgatory, but they changed it soon after
to avoid name collisions with several other
bands with that name.
Their style is something between classical
and metal. Or maybe it's simply both.
They are often compared to other
gothic bands such
as Tristania and Theatre of Tragedy.
The music is very moody and melodic,
and the lyrics leave
you with a feeling that you have been
told something deeply personal. The
transitions between the metal parts
and the classical parts
are masterfully crafted, and the combination of
dark growls and the
soft, angelic female vocals is perfectly tailored
to hit you right in the heart.
In 1997 they hooked up with the Italian label
Nocturnal Records, and released the EP
"All Alone". By then they had also recruited
Anita, Ola and Ingfrid. In December that year,
they ended their relationship with Nocturnal,
due to "irreconcilable differences".
In early January 1998, Anders joined the team, and
assisted in the production of the track
"Silent Pain". Their talent didn't go
unnoticed, and in March they had
signed a contract with
Napalm Records, and went on
to work on their debut album, "Lake of Sorrow"
which was released in August that year.
During this period they also made contact
with Pete Johansen, who played violin on the
album. (Johansen has also played with
another great Norwegian band, Tristania.)
The band released their second album in May 2000,
called "Perpetual Desolation".
Former members and guests:
- Anders Thue (1996-2001); keyboards, piano
- Anita Auglend (1996-2001); vocals
- Hege Aanby (2001); vocals
- Pete Johansen; guest violinist
For more information, pictures and
audio samples, check out their
official home page;