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May 3, 2014

Album 0451: Therion – Sitra Ahra

Therion - Sitra Ahra

Release Date: 2010
Genre: Progressive/Symphonic Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Introduction/Sitra Ahra (05:25)
2. Kings Of Edom (08:52)
3. Unguentum Sabbati (05:10)
4. Land Of Canaan (10:33)
5. Hellequin (05:18)
6. 2012: Return Of The Feathered Serpent (04:16)
7. Cú Chulainn (04:16)
8. Kali Yuga Part III: Autumn Of The Aeons (03:41)
9. The Shells Are Open (03:45)
10. Din (02:38)
11. Children Of The Stone: After The Inquisition (07:22)

Total Length: 01:01:16

The point where the Introduction turns into Sitra Ahra is somewhat unclear to me, unless the former is just really short. Either way, this is a very solid opening track that covers a lot of ground and forges a new direction for the band while still having the classic elements I enjoy from them. Kings Of Edom is fantastic as well, I just love everything about it. The band has really taken on a kind of avant-garde styling on this album. Not in the actual way the term means, just in how quickly things change in a single song and how variety abounds.

Unguentum Sabbati continues the trend of great tracks, it has a great pace and the vocals get stuck in my head, as well as that kind of dark riff the orchestra does. Land Of Canaan is amazing, and it goes through so much in its longer length. The part that kind of dropped my jaw the first time was oddly the harmonica bit. It’s just an instrument I would never have expected to be on a Therion album. Hellequin has some more suprises, like a huge variety of vocals and the band’s first use of somewhat odder black metal vocals. Great track all in all.

2012: Return Of The Feathered Serpent has some neat moments, but is the first track on here to fall short a bit. That’s not saying much bad about it, just that it doesn’t get on par with what came before it. Cú Chulainn kind of focuses on one hook and not much else, but that hook is pretty great. Kali Yuga Part III: Autumn Of The Aeons is not as big of a track as I would have expected, considering the songs that it is a sequel to, but I like it. The Shells Are Open is slower, and kind of provides a nice atmosphere.

Din continues on from the previous track, they are kind of two halves of a whole. This song is the opposite, it’s fast and aggressive, with some harsh vocals to compliment it. Children Of The Stone: After The Inquisition is ridiculously fantastic, I really can’t say enough good words about it. It just oozes something that makes me feel good, and the atmosphere is incredible. It’s something I wouldn’t have thought the band was capable of before I heard it. This album was kind of a shock at first, and took some getting used to, but man do I love it nowadays.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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December 5, 2012

Album 0183: Therion – Vovin

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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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July 3, 2012

Album 0063: Therion – Sirius B

Release Date: 2004
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Tracklisting:

1. The Blood Of Kingu (05:45)
2. Son Of The Sun (05:36)
3. The Khlysti Evangelist (05:39)
4. Dark Venus Persephone (04:02)
5. Kali Yuga, Pt. 1 (03:28)
6. Kali Yuga, Pt. 2 (05:48)
7. The Wondrous World Of Punt (07:19)
8. Melek Taus (05:32)
9. Call Of Dagon (04:14)
10. Sirius B (03:44)
11. Voyage Of Gurdjeff (The Fourth Way) (05:57)

Total Length: 57:03

This album is the counterpart to the previous album. They were recorded at the same time, and released the same day but should still be thought of as separate entities. Sirius B is sort of a darker half to Lemuria. The Blood Of Kingu is a great opening track, with cool vocals all around. Son Of The Sun is a very pretty track, mostly because of the female vocals. The Khlysti Evangelist has a weird intro, but once the song gets started it is fun and has a neat chorus.

Dark Venus Persephone is fairly nice, but is not too memorable. Kali Yuga, Pt. 1 is a bit subdued and atmospheric, with vocals that are heavy on the FX. Kali Yuga, Pt. 2 meanwhile is heavy and fast as hell, probably the heaviest track on the album. The Wondrous World Of Punt is a very laid back song, content to let itself build up its instruments and melodies. Melek Taus is very cool, but I don’t much care for the chorus.

Call Of Dagon is good, but just like Dark Venus Persephone it doesn’t set itself apart. Sirius B always surprised me as being the title track. It’s very somber and slow, sort of haunting. But again, it doesn’t stick with you. Voyage Of Gurdjeff (The Fourth Way) is very cool, it has a great vocal intro and then the remainder of the song is about the closest Therion has been to power metal. It’s done very well. In all, this is a good album but not as great as its counterpart.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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July 2, 2012

Album 0062: Therion – Lemuria

Release Date: 2004
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Typhon (04:37)
2. Uthark Runa (04:42)
3. Three Ships Of Berik, Pt. 1: Calling To Arms And Fighting The Battle (03:20)
4. Three Ships Of Berik, Pt. 2: Victory! (00:44)
5. Lemuria (04:15)
6. Quetzalcoatl (03:47)
7. The Dreams Of Swedenborg (04:58)
8. An Arrow From The Sun (05:55)
9. Abraxas (05:22)
10. Feuer Overtüre/Prometheus Entfesselt (04:39)

Total Length: 42:19

Typhon sees the band’s first use of harsh vocals in about 8 years, and it’s a pretty great return. This song is just fantastic and sticks with you. Uthark Runa has a great opening to it, and is overall a really cool track but the male chorus vocals don’t sound great to me. The ending is fantastic though. Three Ships Of Berik, Pt. 1 and 2 make up a really cool song altogether. The first part has some more great harsh vocals, and a neat fairytale air to it. The second part is just a fun, happy little track.

Lemuria is a slightly softer song, more atmospheric. The vocals make this song. Quetzalcoatl has an amazing chorus, but the rest of the song doesn’t quite match it. The Dreams Of Swedenborg is a very great song, I just love the feel of it. An Arrow From The Sun is beautiful, the vocals and instruments work together perfectly to give this haunting, transcendent atmosphere.

Abraxas is a very fun song, but it doesn’t stick with me like some of the other songs on here. Feuer Overtüre/Prometheus Entfesselt feels like it takes some cues from Rammstein, and then does them better than that band ever did. The riff is just fantastic, and the vocals are great. This album is just beautiful when all is said and done. One or two tracks may not be ‘amazing’ but they’re certainly nowhere near bad.

Final Rating: 9/10

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