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: : : From Death Metal to Progressive Gothic Symphonic Metal : : :

This is one of the best metal bands ever and also happen to originate from Sweden :). In 1987 Christofer Johnsson formed a band called BLITZKRIEG. The band later changed their name to MEGATHERION and finally THERION and managed to get a record deal with the German metal label Nuclear Blast. Over the years the band has released nine full-length albums and the members of the band has changed several times. The true genius behind it all and undoubtedly the most important member of the band is Christofer himself - he writes all the music, plays guitar, hammond organ and keyboards as well as used to do the vocals. There aren't many musicians with the skill of this man in the world today but hopefully there will be more bands like THERION to erupt from this planet in the future. The first four albums are musically in death metal style but the band still developed all the time, adding new elements to their music for each new release - clean male vocals, arabic folk music, classic music and industrial. Their fifth album called "Theli" was very different from their first ones - Christofer finally had the budget to do the kind of album he had been dreaming of doing for years but didn't have the possibility to record it until now.

THERION had now become an operatic and symphonic metal band - mixing melodic IRON MAIDEN influenced metal with classical music composed by Christofer himself and with clear male and female choirs doing much of the vocals together with Christofer Johnson. You can hear the beginning of this development already on the "Lepaca Kliffoth" album but the difference in quality if you compare this with "Theli" is unbelievable. Since then they have continued in the same direction of opera metal. On these later albums Christofer has hired world class session musicians to play all kinds of orchestral instruments - violin, fluite, cello and so on - as well as female and male choirs to do the opera-like vocals. In 1997 they released a 10-year aniversary album called "A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming", containing old non-released material, a few covers and a sound-track (pure classic music) Christofer did for an art-movie.

Among the female choir members you can find the great Sarah Jezebel Deva doing solo, duet, alto and soprano vocals. She has also helped out other great bands like COVENANT and CRADLE OF FILTH with her strong voice. On the "Vovin" album you c...
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THERION top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.39 | 36 ratings
Of Darkness
1991
2.40 | 35 ratings
Beyond Sanctorum
1991
3.19 | 39 ratings
Symphony Masses - Ho Drakon Ho Megas
1993
3.22 | 49 ratings
Lepaca Kliffoth
1995
4.14 | 155 ratings
Theli
1996
3.22 | 30 ratings
A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming
1997
4.10 | 145 ratings
Vovin
1998
3.09 | 44 ratings
Crowning of Atlantis
1999
3.73 | 82 ratings
Deggial
2000
3.84 | 101 ratings
Secret of the Runes
2001
3.88 | 110 ratings
Lemuria
2004
3.85 | 102 ratings
Sirius B
2004
3.56 | 88 ratings
Gothic Kabbalah
2007
3.41 | 58 ratings
Sitra Ahra
2010
3.25 | 49 ratings
Les Fleurs Du Mal
2012

THERION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.12 | 17 ratings
Live in Midgard
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Therion ‎- Live In Mexico
2006
2.68 | 19 ratings
The Miskolc Experience
2009

THERION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.23 | 11 ratings
Celebrators of Becoming
2006
4.20 | 16 ratings
Live Gothic
2008
3.25 | 4 ratings
Adulruna Rediviva and Beyond
2014

THERION Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.14 | 3 ratings
The Early Chapters of Revelation
2000
3.00 | 4 ratings
Atlantis Lucid Dreaming
2005

THERION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Paroxysmal Holocaust (Demo)
1989
1.00 | 1 ratings
Beyond the Darkest Veils of Inner Wickedness (Demo)
1989
2.10 | 2 ratings
Time Shall Tell (EP)
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Beauty in Black
1994
4.04 | 4 ratings
Siren of the Woods
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
Eye of Shiva
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Bells of Doom
2001
1.95 | 2 ratings
Wand of Abaris
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Les Épaves
2016

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 Lepaca Kliffoth by THERION album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.22 | 49 ratings

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Lepaca Kliffoth
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Although LEPACA KLIFFOTH is often deemed the transition album in THERION's sound to the fully formed progressive symphonic metal on "Theli" that launched them into the world's attention, THERION actually always took a more experimental approach even at their very beginning. While their early albums were clearly rooted in death metal with a hardcore punk attitude, they were still using occasional clean vocals and keyboards albeit more for embellishments than as a major component in the aggressiveness. Another step in their sound came on "Symphony Masses" which added elements of jazz, industrial, chants and more traditional sounds of metal. LEPACA KLIFFOTH (referring to the Qliphoth, the representation of evil forces in Jewish mysticism) simply changes the balance of the elements hitherto presented and adds some new twists and turns to advance their evolution into the symphonic metal of "Theli" and beyond.

While this album begins as rather straight death 'n' roll with occasional symphonic embellishments, by the time we get to the third track, the short and sweet "Arrival Of The Darkest Queen" we get a fully fledged folky symphonic sound that ushers in the band's first ever single "The Beauty In Black" which began their experiments with a sound more reminiscent of "Theli" with the emphasis on the symphonic elements that includes a female soprano, a male baritone and also on the melodic development rather than the aggressive chugga chug of the guitar riffage, so i would say this song is the true final metamorphosis of their sound. However, the next track gets cold feet and retreats back to a more death metal rooted sound. Thus the very nature of this one step ahead and two steps back approach on LEPACA KLIFFOTH is what makes this seem like a very scattered and uneven album.

Despite the dominance of the death metal sound, other influences find their way into the mix including Persian ethnic music, a much wider vocal approach as well as keyboards becoming more prominent. Some tracks like "Black" actually tie the past to the future with a beauty-and-the-beast approach that mixes death metal vocals with the female soprano. It also includes a Celtic Frost cover "Sorrows Of The Moon." I find the most interesting tracks to be the last two. The title track has a melancholic guitar intro that builds up into a heavy rocker that incorporates some of the strangest vocals on the album. The progressiveness also displays interesting technical drumming patterns with highly melodic guitar riffs. The tempo varies substantially and time sig changes are abundant and i love the metal chants of the ending. "Evocation Of Vovin" is an energetic little symphonic keyboard number that is probably the most "Theli-like" track on the album. This is an all-over-the-place album which as a cohesive album is pretty weak, but there are plenty of excellent individual tracks on here making it a worthy listen.

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 Les Fleurs Du Mal by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.25 | 49 ratings

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Les Fleurs Du Mal
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Who would have ever thought that metal would come to this way back in the late 70s and early 80s when the genre was really picking up some serious steam? Symphonic power metal versions of French chanson probably didn't cross anyone's minds in those days, however in Sweden when the Mayan calendar turned over in 2012 it did. Of course everyone knows that THERION were innovators in popularizing their brand of symphonic power metal with the release of "Theli" way back in the 90s and have released one stellar album after another since but they have been seriously in danger of the whole thing becoming a little stale despite the high quality of interesting tracks they laid upon us. Well, on their 15th studio album LES FLEURS DU MAL (The Flowers Of Evil) they decided to unleash their romantic side by taking tracks by 60s and 70s French chanson artists and adding a healthy dose of Nordic aggression to make an unlikely combo.

The French artists covered here include France Gail, Victoire Scott, Serge Gainsbourg, Marie Laforêt, Sylvie Vartan, Annie Philippe, Isabelle, Léonie, Claire Dixon and Betty Mars. The cast of musicians on board is the regular army with six full band members plus 24! guest musicians adding all kinds of orchestral sounds like trumpet, flute, oboe, trombone, horn, cello, violin, accordion, mellotron and additional guitars and vocals. The sound is full and rich and extremely well produced. The clash of the modern symphonic metal world with 60s / 70s pop music really is a test of one's eclectic nature and acceptance of strange ideas merging into an unlikely union, but THERION manage to pull this off with ease because they are obviously professional and passionate about every detail of the music they put out.

I have to admit that upon first listen i was scratching my head with this one. There are tracks where the vocals are ridiculously over the top despite being more than impressive but somehow once my mind was blown way open i have to say that this works for me. This is a noble experiment that deserves a chance to shine but personally i wouldn't want to hear a repeat of this idea for despite my growing to appreciate it, it just doesn't quite hit me as enjoyable as pretty much all the albums since "Theli." So hopefully this is a one album fulfillment that doesn't have to be repeated. Still though an excellent experiment that takes a stab at the unlikely pairing of Scandinavian Viking sounds tackling the subtle intricate sensualities of a Romance language such as French. You probably won't hear French metal bands like Deathspell Omega or Blut Aus Nord taking this on! Pleasant listening and well done but still not quite as good as the albums ranging from "Theli" to "Sitra Ahra." 3.5 stars rounded up

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 Theli by THERION album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.14 | 155 ratings

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Theli
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Having recently purchased the 2014 remastered and expanded edition, I have fallen under the spell of the mighty THERION with their landmark album THELI. This album has become one of the greatest representations of just how well a death metal band can retain the pummeling ferocity of their roots while totally integrating the symphonic tenderness of classical music and the pompousness of classical opera, thus in effect totally reinventing itself without losing what came before. After all, their very name THERION is a Greek word for "beast," and on this album THELI, which is the name of the great dragon in the ancient Jewish scripts of the Sefer Yetzirah, the band developed a totally new sound and although it can be a recipe that more often fails than triumphs, in THELI's case I would have to say it is an outstanding victory.

I think the reason why this whole thing works so well is because the band members didn't have the audacity to perform and create every new aspect of this music themselves. They incorporated a whole host of different players including not one but two choirs.... the North German Radio Choir and the Siren Choir. In addition to this we also get Dan Swano of Edge Of Santiy lending some guest vocals and many, many keyboardists covering a whole spectrum of sounds ranging from grand piano to symphonic progressive runs. Another wise decision was to incorporate the lyrical contributions of Thomas Karlsson as the sole writer of lyrics to provide the album with the esoteric feel that were derived from his mystical order called the Dragon Rouge. He would continue to be the lyricist from this point on.

On the remastered version we also get three bonus tracks, none of which are essential but pleasant as well as a DVD with the entirety of the album performed live in Budapest in 2007. A grand testimony to the efforts and ingenuity that went into the creation of this musical behemoth that hasn't aged badly at all and album that I love to listen to on regular basis. Mmmmmagnificent!

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 Sitra Ahra by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.41 | 58 ratings

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Sitra Ahra
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Therion don't quite sell out with this album, but it is undeniable that Sitra Ahra is vastly more approachable and accessible than the dense double album of Gothic Kabbalah, and they seem less averse to throwing in some entertainingly catchy hooks into their compositions than usual. It's certainly a far cry from the ugly occult symphonic death metal they started out with, but the purists parted way with Therion a good long time ago, and this release focuses on their symphonic strengths whilst simultaneously coming up with enough novel twists to keep things feeling fresh and vibrant and to convince me that maybe Therion still have a bit of gas left in the tank, even if they aren't going on a trip I want to ride on.

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 Les Fleurs Du Mal by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.25 | 49 ratings

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Les Fleurs Du Mal
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Therion get their Serge Gainsbourg on with this collection of generic metal-flavoured covers of classic French pop songs. It's an interesting experiment in exploring what metal can learn from this unexpected quarter, but all it makes me want to do is go listen to the originals rather than sit through these Therion-by-numbers adaptations of old material. I can sit through one or two of these at the time, but the schtick begins to wear thin after five minutes or so and perhaps Therion would have been better simply taking this style of songwriting and adding motifs reminiscent of the genre to original compositions of their own rather than adhering to the original tunes as strictly as they do here.

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 Gothic Kabbalah by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.56 | 88 ratings

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Gothic Kabbalah
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A double symphonic metal concept album about how divine wisdom percolates down to humanity with a gothic aesthetic and flirtations with more progressive music styles? Ah, it must be a Therion project - and on Gothic Kabbalah, late-period Therion turns in perhaps its most complete album. Does it merit being a double album? Well, no. There's plenty of fat here and there that could be trimmed, and whilst it feels more varied than much of the band's post-Theli output, at the same time it feels like the band trying out a wide range of experiments without quite getting deep enough into any of them to really polish them fully. It isn't quite Therion going prog, but it's perhaps the closest they'll come to it, and whilst it's an interesting listen I can't help but think that if they'd condensed it down to one disc and really polished everything up it'd be a great listen.

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 Sirius B by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.85 | 102 ratings

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Sirius B
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Though I wasn't too impressed with its companion album, Lemuria, I found Sirius B to be a much more diverse and interesting take on the Therion sound. With pieces ranging from the likes of Blood of Kingu, with a directness and ferocity which almost puts me in mind of a NWOBHM piece, to multilayered symphonic-gothic pieces like the title track, it takes the listener on a wide-ranging cosmic journey. Though the lyrical concepts may be far-fetched, the dramatic musical backing ensures that proceedings never lurch into self-parody, and the more adventurous and diverse compositional style makes the album feel much fresher than its Lemurian twin.

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 Lemuria by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.88 | 110 ratings

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Lemuria
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Whenever bands do the "two albums recorded at the same time" deal, I always get a little suspicious. Do they not have the confidence in the material to put it out as a double album? Are they going through a creative crest, or are they simply letting their quality control get slack?

On Lemuria, companion album to Sirius B, Therion seem to be spinning their wheels a little. It's fast-paced symphonic metal which doesn't really distinguish itself very much from superior material from this phase of the band's career like Secret of the Runes - heck, both Vovin and Deggial had more standout moments than this. If you are very, very fond of Therion's early- 2000s sound, then more of the same might sound like a good deal to you, but I am left feeling unsatisfied.

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 Secret of the Runes  by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.84 | 101 ratings

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Secret of the Runes
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Runes are individual symbols which are held to have significant power by themselves, and greater power when arranged in a particular pattern. This suitably describes the mildly tweaked musical approach that Therion take on Secret of the Runes, in which (to my ears, at least) they give greater prominence to the musical prowess of individual instrumentalists. The work of guitarist Kristian Niemann had tided me over on Vovin and Deggial, and it feels like it's given more a spotlight this time around - indeed, all the core band members seem to solo a bit more - and this proves somewhat refreshing to their symphonic metal sound, though it's all still a little limp and generic for my tastes.

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 Deggial by THERION album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.73 | 82 ratings

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Deggial
Therion Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars One transitional album as a band evolves between styles is an acceptable indulgence; two in a row feels excessive. If you dug the preceding Vovin, Deggial offers up more of the same, but for me I felt that Therion still hadn't quite become comfortable with the more purely symphonic metal approach (with nary a trace of their death metal roots) they utilise here and on the preceding album. Still, Therion don't quite manage to exhaust my patience with them - in particular, Kristian Niemann shows this uncanny knack for coming in with a really interesting guitar solo just as my finger is wavering towards the "skip" button - but alas, that isn't quite good enough to stop me pressing it.

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