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Gothic Kabbalah

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Themasters of symphonic metal return: Three years after the monumental & successful Lemuria / Sirius B (2CD), Therion are back with another double dose of pure musicality and subtle harmonic & melodic brilliance entitled, Gothic Kabbalah (2CD)! For over a decade, Therion have been perfecting their superlative songwriting style & skills, and in the process have pioneered one of metal's many sub-genres by combining metal with classical & operatic elements. Therion's catalog has `Scanned over 75,000 units in the U.S.. Their last studio release [Lemuria / Sirius B (2CD)] has `Scanned over 15,000, making it the most successful in the band's 15+ year career!


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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000KRN65E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spazmonkey on February 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well after listening to this album constantly for over a year I'll go back and edit my original review (still pretty much the same)...

All Therion albums are supposed to sound different. This one did a good job of that. It sounds different than the other albums but still has that "therion" sound. Unlike past albums which were 90% Christopher Johnson (Therion lead song writer), the songs on this album are written by all the different band members (including a few by Johnson). Being that this was written by band members could possibly explain why it is a little more mainstream sounding with less classical influence. Though the band members did their best to keep the song compositions very high brow and complex and did a good job. The lyrics are written by the same guy as always.

It is more mainstream than any other Therion album in that it isn't real heavy (well a few heavy songs, but also quite a few almost radio friendly songs). The choirs are small. It isn't heavily operatic. Some Opera vocals are used in places and more traditional rock vocals used at other parts. It is still "symphonic" but there is far less symphony than other albums and instead of using a symphony they used keybaords, a guest flute player and a few VSL recordings (basically symphony sound clips of violens and such).

At the same time it is not a mainstream album. The compositions are fairly complex. Overall this album is more or less a progressive rock/progressive metal side of Therion. Rather than being guitar driven as most Therion albums are it is more balanced. You have bass solos, drum solos, vocal solos, and guitar solos- no one instrument really taking the dominant role. The song writing in places is brilliant. The band is top notch. The guitar solos are short but amazing on here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Enlil on February 13, 2007
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Don't get me wrong with teh title I gave this review... this is a good album, a very good album. But it is not a great album. When Sirius B/Lemuria came out, I was completely blown away in ways that Therion had never blown me away before since I got my first therion album - Vovin - and heard their unique sound for the first time. Whereas listening to albums like Sirius B/Lemuria, Secret of the Runes, Deggial, and Vovin (and pretty much in that order) can be, as it were, a journey of sorts, this album is more comparable to Theli in that, though it is good music, does not really send the listener on an auditory adventure in the ways that other Therion albums have. The production also does not seem quite as good as for their most recent albums.

That said, there are some amazing songs on this, and though I prefer the album "Secret of the Runes" by far as a whole album, I would have to say that this album, Gothic Kabbalah, has more good songs than "Secret of the Runes." Though this is the only one with better individual songs than that album, I would say that it's songs are definitely enjoyable to listen to.

So, for those of you who already know therion, I would say that this album is most comparable to theli, though a far more cohesive theli. For those of you who don't know therion, this is probalby not the absolute best album to start with. Sirius B/Lemuria has catchier songs and also gives a better idea of the scope of what Therion is capable of in terms of an album as a whole.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TC on October 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This has become my favorite Therion album, superseding my former favorite "Secret of the Runes" by virtue of its greater tempo and musical complexity. There is simply more music packed into each song. Everything - vocals, bass, drums, guitars, composition - has been taken a notch up in talent.

The huge choruses and orchestras have been shaved down, however, in favor of a tighter, faster, heavier sound accented by an efficient use of orchestral elements where necessary. So compared to previous efforts, this time Therion sounds more together as a band, with greater breathing room to be technical and experimental. In that sense it is the inverse of "Vovin" and "Deggial," because it focuses more on the metal than the classical. The melodies are catchy, original, beautiful, and colored by a lively Pan-like spirit.

The last track "Adulruna Rediviva" is absolutely amazing, lengthy but not noticeably so due to being interesting and varied throughout. For those who are turned off by the leaner sound of the other songs, Adulruna compensates by going all out with the epic choral/classical/metal combination, ending so majestically as to bring on tears of glory.

Overall this is quite an emotional and passionate album that explores otherwise latent pockets of talent in the Therion ensemble.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on February 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I havn't listened to Gothic Kabbalah closely, but I have played it constantly for the last three days, while I work. This is what I have observed and determined.

Gothic Kabbalah is Therion's second consecutive double disc album. It has a total playing time of a little over eighty-three minutes, a good value for the money. Therion's musical style on this disc is different than all previous releases. Not better, not worse, just different. I hesitate to say it's evolving at this point, but the music as a whole seems to be leaner, more accessible, more mainstream. I don't mean it's headed for top-forty land. I mean, that top forty aficionados would find Gothic Karbbalah more palatable than say, Theli of Volvin.

The bombast of the music was reduced as was the choir and orchestral work, if indeed an orchestra was used. In this day and age it's hard to tell. There is a greater emphasis female lead singer(s). Much more so than previously, probably in response to the femme metal phenomenon that is sweeping Europe, with groups like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and Epica to name a few. Personally, I like that. As a matter of fact, I like the whole album, but I don't love it!

Of the fifteen tracks on Gothic Kabbalah, only four tracks, ever caught my attention, enough to make me wonder what track it was and what the name was. I would say that these four songs, which consistently garnered my attention are, without a doubt five star songs. Upon further scrutiny there may be more but I doubt it. The following five songs are the highlight of the album:

* `The Falling Stone' is a variable tempo, but mostly medium fast rock number, with a driving beat and a lady lead singer.
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