Album 0183: Therion – Vovin

therion_vovin

Release Date: 1998
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Tracklisting:

1. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah (06:46)
2. Birth Of Venus Illegitima (05:15)
3. Wine Of Aluqah (05:05)
4. Clavicula Nox (08:50)
5. The Wild Hunt (03:49)
6. Eye Of Shiva (06:20)
7. Black Sun (05:11)
8. Draconian Trilogy: I. The Opening (01:29)
9. Draconian Trilogy: II. Morning Star (03:35)
10. Draconian Trilogy: III. Black Diamonds (02:59)
11. Raven Of Dispersion (05:57)

Total Length: 55:15

The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah has a gorgeous intro to the song and the album. At this point in time, the band had all but given up their harsher tendencies from previous albums, with only a few moments and one whole song on here being fast. The blend of metal and symphonic tendencies has merged into a new blend that is a bit slower paced, and I’m completely fine with this. This opening track has some gorgeous vocals with melodies that just stick with you, and the guitars still work well and add a cool element.

Birth Of Venus Illegitima is just plain beautiful, I love the guitars and the melodies present here. The buildup to when the violins come in is just perfect and completely makes the song. Wine Of Aluqah is simply amazing. The first main chunk of the song is perfect, I love the riff and everything is wonderful. The last minute and half suddenly takes a turn for the power metal and anytime Therion dabbles with this sound it works out wonderfully. The end is so happy.

Clavicula Nox is an altogether more somber track, with a slower intro that builds the song up to its heavy moments. It never changes pace, just tone and makes you feel all these different throughout the course of the track. It’s probably one of my least favorite tracks on the album, but that isn’t saying too much. The Wild Hunt is the fastest song on the album, a heavy piece that never slows down and features some pretty cool guest vocals. I’d honestly rather the album have a slightly different tracklisting so it wasn’t right next to the previous song, but oh well.

Eye Of Shiva is a bit more atmospheric, it takes its time. I can’t quite praise it overall, but I never really dislike hearing it. Black Sun has a fantastic piano intro and a really cool rhythm throughout the entire track. Just some really neat, funky stuff going on. The 8-minute Draconian Trilogy begins with The Opening, a really cool instrumental that I wish had been expanded on some more. Morning Star has a lot of cool things going on in it, and Black Diamonds starts off with some interesting bass and again has some very neat melodies.

Raven Of Dispersion caps off the album and is an odd but good song. Lots of neat little touches in the production, and I really love the sudden change near the end of the track. This album didn’t quite “break as much ground” as their previous album did, but it solidified their new style that they have stuck pretty closely to since then, and is just plain a beautiful album. I have very few moments that I can nitpick about, but they are few and far between.

Final Rating: 9/10

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