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Excellent power metal, but less of what made them Therion
on March 22, 2002
It's solid, musically aggressive, and brilliantly written and conceived. With this album, Therion may actually develop a stronger power metal following.
Just be warned: if what drew you to Therion in the first place was the unique blend of the metallic and the symphonic, this release goes away from that quite a bit. I was one of those who, with Vovin and Deggial, when other reviewers were saying, "This is still good, but goes a little too far with the violins and stuff," was saying, "YES! More Violins! More Symphonic!" It used to feel daring, original, like they were into an opera-metal sound totally untapped by the mainstream, a sound that went much further into the classical than fluff euro-metal nonsense like Rhapsody.
If you're one of the people who LOVED that direction, and were looking for Therion to take the next step in that direction with this release, you'll be disappointed - they don't. But they do put together a very strong effort here all the same. It'll stay in my rotation for a while simply as a metal album, but falls from 5-star grace because they've come back to the field stylistically a little bit with this release.