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Anyone like Theatre of Hate ?

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Anyone like Theatre of Hate ?

Postby Michael Bully » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:16 pm

One band I remember listening to in the early 1980's were Theatre of Hate. After the band's demise towards the end of 1982, a couple of leading members formed Spear of Destiny . Apparently Spear of Destiny are touring againg this year.

Theatre of Hate only lasted a couple of years, and brought out only one studio album 'Westworld' and a couple of live albums, plus a few singles.
Particularly recommend the single 'Legion' (1981).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f62C9RvriA
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Re: Anyone like Theatre of Hate ?

Postby bpdp3 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:06 pm

This is one of those bands that I'm glad I have their album, because it is absolutely 'of the era', but I really never pull it out. They had all the right elements, but they were always missing that 'certain something'. For me, probably has to do with their songwriting; just seems they were missing something there. But I did like their sound and approach.

I have the westworld lp and also a 16-track cd called 'the best of theatre of hate'. For a one album band, this one is hopefully titled ironically but I'm not sure!
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Re: Anyone like Theatre of Hate ?

Postby Michael Bully » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:04 pm

Indeed, just quickly looking on Amazon , the number of Theatre of Hate compilations, and live albums that have been released seems very high. The band have reformed a couple of times- in 1991 and 1996. And also performed a few re-union concerts over the years. But not really sure how the new material compares to the band's original and most known era of 1980-1982.

Yes I appreciate that they aren't to everyone's taste. I just didn't take to Spear of Destiny, who rose from the demise of Theatre of Hate.


bpdp3 wrote:This is one of those bands that I'm glad I have their album, because it is absolutely 'of the era', but I really never pull it out. They had all the right elements, but they were always missing that 'certain something'. For me, probably has to do with their songwriting; just seems they were missing something there. But I did like their sound and approach.

I have the westworld lp and also a 16-track cd called 'the best of theatre of hate'. For a one album band, this one is hopefully titled ironically but I'm not sure!
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