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3.96 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Siren of the Woods (single version) (8:10)
2. Cults of the Shadow (edited version) (5:01)
3. Babylon (5:53)

Total Time 19:04

Line-up / Musicians

Christofer Johnsson - Guitar, vocals, percussion
Piotr Wawrzeniuk - Drums, vocals, percussion
Lars Rosenberg - Bass
Jonas Mellberg - Guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Dan Swanö - Vocals
Anja Krenz - Solo soprano
Axel Pätz - Solo bass barryton
Jan Peter Genkel - Additional keyboards
Gottfried Koch - Programming
The North German Radio Choir - Rapaela Mayhaus - Soprano; Bettina Stumm -
Soprano; Ursula Ritters - Alt; Ergin Onat - Tenor; Joachim Gebhardt - Bass;
Klaus Bülow - Bass
The Siren Choir - Anja Krenz - Soprano; Constanze Arens - Soprano; Riekje Weber
- Alt; Stephan Gade - Tenor; Axel Pätz - Bass barryton

Releases information

Nuclear Blast rec.

Recorded January - March 1996 at the Impuls Studio, Hamburg
Mastered by Central Sound Studios, Hamburg
Engineered by Gottfried Koch and Jan Peter Genkel
Mixed by Jan Per Genkel
Produced by Jan Peter Genkel, Gottfried Koch and Therion
Mastered by Jan Per Genkel
Cover art, lay-out and graphic design by P.Grøn

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
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Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars An 8 minute "single version"!

Therion's second single gathers together edited versions of two tracks from their excellent "Theli" album plus an otherwise hard to find non-album track.

The title track originally ran to some 10 minutes on "Theli"; here with admirable disregard for the demands of commercial radio, the single version is still over 8 minutes long. The song is one of the absolute highlights of "Theli", with majestic orchestration, delightful piano and female operatic vocals. It is not immediately apparent where the two minutes have been removed from, as this version still stands as a magnificent opus in itself. The piece has the feel of a "Kashmir" or "November rain", but the lack of global recognition of the band at the time and the song's length, inevitably led to it being all but ignored for radio play. As with the album version, my only gripe is with the fading of the track.

"Cults Of The Shadow" is billed as being an edited version, but the eagle eyed will notice this version is only a few seconds shorter than the album track. Christofer Johnsson reports that the song was indeed edited down, but he then decided against the abbreviation and added a different mix of the removed part back into the track. As such, this sounds pretty much identical to the fine track on the "Theli" album.

The final track is "Babylon" a song written by bassist Lars Rosenberg. He had originally presented the track to his previous band Entombed, but he was ejected from that band before they could record it. Keen to ensure they did not use it in his absence, he persuaded Johnsson to allow a Therion version to be made. The song leans back towards the style of the "Lepaca Kliffoth" album, with more than a nod to bands such as Black Sabbath. There are no operatic or even female vocals here, just the distinctive voice of drummer Piotr Wawrzeniuk. It is not a bad song, but rather out of place in the context of its concurrent album.

In all, a single of interest mainly for the non-album track it contains, but that track is not by any means representative of where Therion were at the time.

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