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4.12 | 189 ratings

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3 stars The turn into symphonic metal with operating vocals and range of other infliuence including progressive and doom metal was accomplished on Theli.

This was quite a progressive album for its time with one of a kind sound. Mainly femaie but also good male vocal conjure up a wide palette of sounds with classical emotions.

I praise instrumental moments, plenty of them, with more retro feelings such as the first intro that reminds of Wakeman moments. "To mega Therion" is a flagship song by Therion, played at every concert. Melodic, convincing. Progressive touchers are mirrored in instrumental piano parts with guitar and proficient drumming.

Having harpsichord and dark guitar chords are not mutually exclusive as evidenced on "Cults of the shadow". "In the desert of set" is a mis-behaving set with awful agressive male voice and female choirs saving the vocal duties. "Nightside of eden" has a perfect blend of progressive dark chords but also heavy metal outro. "The siren of woods" is out of place here but it's not a negative comment - the composition is very laid back, quite mellow and relaxing. Despite its length, it does not reveal much substance and seems to be more atmospheric with piano and strings. The last song is a true finale with strings well matched to rocking rhythm section. Well done!

HIghly recommended to fans of operatic metal and open-minded metal fans.

sgtpepper | 3/5 |


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