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If you like or at least appreciate the classics, there's a good chance you'll like Theli. If you like your heavy metal with an edge and more progressive like Dream Theater or Yes, then you also might like Theli. If you like the classics and metal you can't miss, you'll love Theli. Theli and subsequent Therion releases combine Heavy Metal on one hand and Classic/Opera on the other perfectly by amalgamating these polar opposites into an amazing symbiosis.
Therion started out recording heavy death metal. I know because I didn't realize this and I ended up with one of those cds. It wasn't awful but it was close. Then in the early to mid 1990s Therion grew up, er, started to evolve and boy did they change. It was almost as if they were the object of divine intervention. Theli, I believe, was the first of the heavenly inspired albums, I'm not sure, it could have been A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming.Read more ›
If you're new to Therion, this is an excellent place to start. Every track on this album is strong, but "To Mega Therion" is my favorite, not only on this album but in their entire catalogue. Be prepared to have it stuck in your head for a long time. Other favorites are "Nightside of Eden" and the very cool "Invocation of Naamah," and the end track, "Grand Finale/Postludium," which closes things off on a real high note. Quite simply, if you want to know what operatic metal sounds like at its very best, this album is essential. The only criticism I have is that Johnsson's vocals could be better, but it's such a minor thing on a record of this calibre.
From here, I'd recommend going to "Secret of the Runes," which is my second favorite of Therion's. It's a little different in that the operatic elements are more pronounced, and Johnsson's vocals are completely absent in favor of the choir, but still first-class work. If you're curious about their older, death metal stuff, you might want to check out "Live In Midgård" to get an overview of their whole catalogue, though I don't think it's been released in North America as of the time of this writing, so you may have to get an import.
I have to say that, after listening to this CD several times, I love all of the songs. "To Mega Therion" is incredible, and I would agree with others that it is probably the best song on the album. But they're all so good! And don't tell me that a grin -evil or no - doesn't creep across your face during the solo at the end of "Nightside of Eden!"
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Therion is a group that started out recording heavy death metal. I know because I didn't realize this and I ended up with one of those cds. It wasnt' awful but it was close. Then in the early to mid 1990s Therion grew up,er, started to evolve and boy did they change. It was alost as if they were the object of divine intervention. Theli, I believe, was the first of the heavenly inspired albums, I'm not sure, it could have been A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming. I wasn't exposed to Therion until late 2000 and then I was like the perverbial child in a candy store, five or six (I thought it was more since I didn't know they switched styles) glorious albums to aquire without the usual one to three years wait in between.
Well enough background. What is Therion? I don't know. They really defy classification because they are in a catagory by themselves, the unique representative of a sub-genre we will call, lets see, how about Romantic, neo-classical, symphonic, operatic metal. Pretty long but definitely descriptive. Only one other group seems to come close to Therion's style - Haggard whose 16 piece orchestra does have an operatic quality but unfortunately retains that ghastly growling that is evident in "death metal groups" such as Sins of thy Beloved, Tristania and After Forever. I like all of the aforementioned groups but I love Therion.
Like Haggard, Therion Also has a large orchestral presence, from which bombastic melodies arise from the musicians while choirs radiate enchantment with angelic voices. Interludes are carried by strings and and other magical ingrediants.Read more ›
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Nice Re-issue , original album with three extra songs and a bonus DVD . Be aware the format of the DVD is PAL , Unfortunately us North Americans
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the time of delivery and a process of transaction is perfect. I am conforme and an excellent buyPublished 22 months ago by Ayner Lozada
Awesome, this is a masterpiece and this edition is simply beautiful. I recommend it 100 %Published on July 21, 2014 by Gustavo Rea
You wouldn’t think that as late as 1996 a new metal album could come out and completely define an entire genre, but that’s exactly what happened when Swedish metal band Therion... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Justin G.
Lovely combination of metal with operatic elements. Manages the trick of being consistently heavy from track to track without being too relentless. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Stewart Tame
I've never been a huge fan of symphonic popular metal like Rhapsody and Nightwish. However, when I was young one of my friend started showing me some Therion songs, and frankly,... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Valérie Fournier-Dubeau