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3.38 | 41 ratings | 7 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Wings of the Hydra (3:33)
2. Melez (4:06)
3. Arrival of the Darkest Queen (0:54)
4. The Beauty in Black (3:12)
5. Riders of Theli (2:51)
6. Black (5:02)
7. Darkness Eve (5:19)
8. Sorrows of the Moon (3:26)
9. Let the New Day Begin (3:35)
10. Lepaca Kliffoth (4:26)
11. Evocation of Vovin (4:54)

Bonus tracks:
12. Enter the Voids (4:11)
13. The Veil of Golden Spheres (2:59)

Total Time: 48:36

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Line-up / Musicians

- Fredrik Isaksson / bass
- Christofer Johnsson / lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Piotr Wawrzeniuk / drums

Guest musicians
- Hans Groning / bass-baritone vocals (4,11)
- Harris Johns / lead guitar (4)
- Claudia Maria Morki / soprano vocals (4,6,11)
- Jan / chorus (1,8)

Releases information

CD Nuclear Blast Americ 6127 (1995) CD Nuclear Blast America 6127 (1995) / CD Nuclear Blast 27361-62162 (1997)

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THERION Lepaca Kliffoth ratings distribution


3.38
(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars The first true metal with symphonic elements added , and the first more divirsificate, not only growling and same riffs.The music is much more melodic, with more keyboards and even orchestra . So a great album, and i suggest to start with this one if you don't know the band, because, from Lepaca Therion develop their own style, and soon become one of the front bands in metal with symphonis passages. The best track are:Melez,The Beauty in Black ,Lepaca Kliffoth and Evocation of vovin. All in all listen to this album worth it 4 stars, recommended if you are on the metal side.

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Posted Thursday, November 01, 2007

Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Yeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was very impressed with my first Therion album "Deggial" and decided I would check out some of the band's early history. I took a shot in the dark and grabbed Lepaca Klifforth. While it is a clear step (or couple steps) down from Deggial in terms of sophisticated prog-metal it was still pretty enjoyable. The differences are many. Rather than the gorgeous flowing operatic vocals of Deggial here you have the gravel throat of Chris Johnsson doing some pretty extreme singing, though not growling. The pace of the songs is much faster with traditional speed-chugging guitar and galloping rhythms. You can begin to see the first signs of the band transforming itself with the occasional operatic backing vocal or classical sounding keyboard part here and there but they sound rather tentative and the production qualities are significantly lower. The performances of the musicians however are still very solid. "The Beauty in Black" is an excellent track with a classy piano/flute intro leading to some strange sounding chords. When the band comes in they are joined by male and female operatic vocals, not as smooth as later work but hinting at the direction. Then there are whispered vocals over those strange, watery strummed chords. Pretty neat track but on the short side unfortunately. The title track is a standout too with some great occult chanting. So there are some classed up moments but most of this album is still good gut-punch stuff. Frankly this short, raging record is more exciting heavy metal than anything I've heard from Sabbath or Metallica since Mob Rules/Justice respectively. If you like the thought of Therion but on the rougher side, don't hesitate! And with the inside leaf proclaiming the various names of the Anti-Christ (I didn't realize there were so many!), Lepaca Klifforth is sure to be WAY more fun than your Tangent album. Put this CD on your shelf and watch it strangle your Morse albums and drag them to the fires to be consumed by Asmodeus.

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Posted Monday, April 07, 2008

Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars The end of the beginning

Therion's journey from being a standard death metal band to finding their own niche in the field of operatic/symphonic metal was a gradual one. The first two albums had shown only the barest of hints hidden away behind the endless growls, and the eclectic "Ho Drakon ho megas" saw band leader Christofer Johnsson exploring a number of styles while still relying mainly on the sounds which he had shown a preference for up to that point. "Lepaca kliffoth" is the next stepping stone on the way, and while there are some significant changes to report, this really represents the last of the old more than the start of the new.

This would be the band's first release for Nuclear Blast Records, whom they have remained with to date. In terms of line up, once again leader Johnsson makes wholesale changes, with only drummer Piotr Wawrzeniuk remaining on drums.

Christofer Johnsson's ongoing interest in the Dragon Rouge cult is once again the source of inspiration for much of the lyrics, and "Vovin" makes a first appearance when he is the subject of an "evocation" towards the end of the album. "Theli" also gets a first name check in a Hawkwind like romp through"Riders of Theli".

In terms of notable significant progress, Johnsson finally dispenses with the growling,and makes a conscious attempt to sing melodically. He also brings in classically trained singers on three songs. Being candid, Johnson's singing is not that wonderful, being more of a shouting indulgence. The instrumentation is however noticeably more adventurous, with keyboards becoming ever more significant. The lead guitar too is more focused on playing rather than simply thrashing out riffs.

The segued tracks "Arrival of the Darkest Queen" and "The Beauty in Black" (the latter released as the band's first single) finally offer the first genuine taste of what was to come from Therion. A wonderful instrumental piece, quite unlike anything we have heard before from the band, precedes a magical piece of operatic singing. Male and female vocals combine against a heavy backdrop in a song which suffers only from its brevity.

Elsewhere, "Darkness eve" is for the most part a song with little to distinguish it. For the final minute though it bursts into an exquisite instrumental passage. The following "Sorrows of the Moon" is a cover of a song by Celtic Frost, a principal influence of Johnsson's during Therion's early years. While not actually growled, the spoke vocals here are only for the converted. The title track brings a new level of heaviness, with a hypnotic chant sitting on top of a dark instrumental. The album closes with "Evocation of Vovin", the second song to offer a firm indication of the direction the band would follow hereafter. The quasi-symphonic instrumentation is much lighter and more melodic than on the rest of the album, with some fine lead guitar thrown in too. Vocally, Johnsson is still shouting rather than singing, but the brief return of the operatic singers offers some compensation.

In all, an album which is essential if those with an interest in understanding how Therion re- invented themselves. The album itself is an enjoyable listen overall, but it is its place in the evolution of Therion which is the most important thing here.

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Posted Monday, November 16, 2009

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
3 stars The first half of the 90's saw the rise of doom-death. A style of slow-paced doom metal with gruff vocals that combined the power chords of Black Sabbath, the slow dirge and nihilism of the industrial new wave band Swans and the zombie type of vocals that you used to scare your little sister with.

Now, all of that would have been of little relevance to this site if it hadn't been for the fact that most of the UK pioneers of this style gradually morphed into more accessible formats. My Dying Bride stayed most true to the original format but they matured into epic metal compositions that many Opeth fans will probably like. Paradise Lost did an interesting excursion into Sisters and Depeche Mode territories and you all know what wonderful music Anathema went on to create right?

But also Sweden (of course) had its exponents. Tiamat doesn't feature on this site but before they turned into a stale gothic metal act they created some interesting Sisters of Mercy on Pink Floyd dope albums. And Therion, well they believed the true potential of Jesus Christ Superstar hadn't been explored yet and brought back opera to rock.

The reason I try to impress you with all this background is because I have very little to say about this particular album itself. It is decent, but it is the sound of a death metal band that realized they weren't heavy nor skilled enough to hold their ground in this normally very technical scene. So they compensated their disadvantage by experimenting, by finding creative solutions and by trying out new things on the unsuspecting audiences. An approach that often leads to great things.

And so it did for Therion. This transitional album is mostly straightforward 'doom death & roll' with occasional experiments with choirs and violins. Their next album would reveal all the potential of this fertile marriage. Lepaca Kliffoth will probably only appeal to you if you want to seek out where Therion came from and if you can stomach the gruff vocals. I've found myself quite liking it, but never enough to motivate me to explore the Therion history any further back then this one.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars With vocals more diverse than the grunts and growls that came before, musical influences ranging from the electronic end of progressive rock to the most aggressive thrash metal, and much less death metal than previous releases, except for fleeting glimpses of the death and roll style of bands like Entombed, Lepaca Kliffoth finds Therion fully unveiling their own distinctive sound, including echoes of the gothic direction they would take in the post-Theli era. It's their first truly transcendent album, and next to Theli certainly a career highlight that deserves to be one of the first stops on any exploration of the extensive Therion back catalogue.

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2 stars This is the first Therion album with no death metal vocals. Christofer Johnsson sings in a hardcore style, and two opera singers were hired to do some vocals on three songs. The music is much more melodic, with more keyboards and even orchestra samples. "The Wings Of The Hydra", "Riders Of Thel ... (read more)

Report this review (#66695) | Posted by zaxx | Wednesday, January 25, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars it's first album of therion music i have heard first time. it was wonderfull. pure extasy. i hope the other people feel as greate as me when i'm listening this MUSIC. they're the best ever. i can't find more words to describe this incredible kind of music. fallow this way i'll stay with you. ... (read more)

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