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2.39 | 39 ratings | 5 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Future Consciousness (4:57)
2. Pandemonic Outbreak (4:20)
3. Cthulhu (6:08)
4. Symphony of the Dead (6:48)
5. Beyond Sanctorum (2:34)
6. Enter the Depths of Eternal Darkness (4:45)
7. Illusions of Life (3:20)
8. The Way (11:05)
9. Paths (2:01)
10. Tyrants of the Damned (3:46)

Bonus tracks
11. Cthulhu [demo version] (6:10)
12. Future Consciousness [demo version] (5:07)
13. Symphony of the Dead [demo version] (6:13)
14. Beyond Sanctorum [demo version] (2:29)

Total Time: 69:43


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Line-up / Musicians

- Oskar Forss / drums
- Peter Hansson / guitar, keyboards, bass
- Christofer Johnsson / lead guitar, bass, vocals

- Magnus Eklov / lead guitar (4,5)
- Anna Granqvist / vocals (4,9)
- Fredriq Lundberg / vocals (4,9)

Releases information

CD Active Records ATV 23 / CD Nuclear Blast America 6578 (2001)

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THERION Beyond Sanctorum ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (10%)
Collectors/fans only (31%)
Poor. Only for completionists (26%)

THERION Beyond Sanctorum reviews

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Growls and green shoots

Therion's début album "Of darkness" was in reality a summary of their work in the previous years leading up to its release in 1991. "Beyond Sanctorum", released the same year, was therefore their first contemporary statement of where they were at the time. Bassist Erik Gustafson had already departed, the band carrying on as a trio with both Peter Hansson and Christofer Johnsson adding bass as required. The first indications of the bands move towards the model they would eventually settle on comes with the addition of three guest vocalists on the latter part of the album. Equally significant is the addition of keyboards to the instrumental line up played by Hansson.

For the opening three tracks, it is business as usual with thrashed guitars and growls being the order of the day. Surprisingly, the latter part of opening track "Future Consciousness" does feature some spacey guitar of the early Floydian type. On the other hand, the growls on "Pandemonic Outbreak" to be so ridiculous it is difficult not to laugh out loud.

"Symphony of the Dead" offers the first green shoots of the future sound of Therion. Here, the growls are offset by some conventional singing plus some brief operatic vocals. The track is predominantly the usual fare for Therion's early work, but the keyboards and slight diversity in the vocals do set it apart from its peers. The short title track features some all too brief lead guitar played by guest Magnus Eklov. The next track of any interest thereafter is "The way", and then only because it runs to some 11 minutes. There is certainly a greater level of ambition to the track at times, with hints of keyboard chorales and occasional flurries of lead guitar. Ultimately though, the track disappoints in that it is simply an elongated variation on what has gone before.

The 2 minute track "Paths" sees the return of the choral vocals alongside the growls, once again offering a glimpse of the future.

In all, "Beyond sanctorum" definitely shows sings of improvement when compared with its predecessor. There is still a long way to go though, and much of what we find here has little to do with prog.

The reissued version of the album has 4 extra tracks, all of which are demos of songs which appear on the album.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Beyond Sanctorum is the second full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Therion. After a brutal old school Swedish death metal debut which put a smile on my face, as I´m a fan of bands such as Entombed, Carnage and Dismember, Therion retured later that same year with their sophomore album.

Like the debut Beyond Sanctorum doesn´t hold any progressive elements. The vocals are mostly brutal growls only contrasted by very few sections with clean male and female singing. The sporadic addition of keyboards doesn´t mean the album sounds more progressive than the debut. The riffs are crushingly heavy and the downtuned guitar sound is brutal. Just what you´d expect from an old school Swedish death metal album. While I do enjoy albums like this, there are very few of them that stand out and I wouldn´t call Beyond Sanctorum one of them. A 2 star rating is warranted. For fans of latter day operatic metal styled Therion this album might not be the best investment.

Review by Warthur
4 stars After producing a succinct summary of their early work on Of Darkness, the first true Therion studio album - that is, the first one to be conceived as an album and containing material more or less contemporary to its recording, rather than songs they'd already worked over for years before they entered the studio - is a clear notch above its predecessor, incorporating a broader range of influences than you might otherwise expect into their brutal death metal framework but, unlike on later albums, rigorously translating them into death metal terms rather than indulging in more direct cross-genre fertilisation. If you don't want brutality, don't come a- knocking, but if you like hard-edged death metal with hidden smarts it's not a bad choice.

Latest members reviews

1 stars On this album, the band started to experiment with keyboards, clean vocals and a bit of folkish music. However, all those elements are diluted in lots and lots of brutal death metal. Another album to skip if you're not fan of this type of music... I'd like to highlight two songs though: "Sympho ... (read more)

Report this review (#66571) | Posted by zaxx | Tuesday, January 24, 2006 | Review Permanlink

1 stars What a horrible album! Therion has been completely evolved since the release of this awful one. Though i think, Johansson's composing abilities has not evolved in the same level. This album may be likened to the style of the death metal band Obituary, but lacking originality and good songwr ... (read more)

Report this review (#57543) | Posted by Xymphony | Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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