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Release date: 4 May 1998
Style: Symphonic metal


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Christofer Johnsson - guitar, keyboards
Tommy Eriksson - guitar
Wolf Simons - drums
Jan Kazda - bass
Waldemar Sorychta - additional guitars
Siggi Bemm - additional guitars
Lorentz Aspen - hammond organ
Ralf Scheepers - lead vocals
Martina Hornbacher - solo and duet alto, soprano vocals
Sarah Jezebel Deva - solo and due

Additional info
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Woodhouse Studios December 1997/January 1998.
Engineered by Mattias Klinkman.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Sigfried Bemm.
Co-produced by Christofer Johnsson.
Music written by Christofer Johnsson.
Lyrics written by Thomas Karlsson.
Classic orchestra and choir arrangements written and arranged by Christofer Johnsson with additional arrangements by Jan Kazda.
Orchestra and choir conducted by Jan Kazda.

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String instruments such as violins have been around in heavy music since the days of Led Zeppelin. Tracing back the earliest 'symphonic metal' band is a challenge, due to the vagueness of what defines it, but Therion, no doubt, took the genre to new levels, virtually abandoning their death metal roots. Many metal bands before the release of Theli and Vovin - and even hitherto - tend to use orchestras to enhance their music, but, in the case of Therion, symphonic metal truly is a unique genre. Therion's second (or debatably third) actual symphonic metal achievement, Vovin, softens on the metal side and embraces a rather avant-garde approach, exploring and twisting through a world of odd melodies and esoteric themes.

published 27.03.2014 | Comments (4)

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musicalkaratekid - 12.04.2012 at 02:38  
Rating: 9 A wonderful album which shows therion's penchant for more than just a bit of classical music-The use of various classical instruments including pianos and violins flows very well with the background guitars (which in turn have their own way of being part of the album's significance), and the vocals are really something out of this world. Its interesting how big a leap they had made from the death metal extravaganza of 'Beyond sanctorum' and 'Lepaca Kliffoth' to 'Theli' and 'Vovin', but in my view they are a better band when embracing other influences.
Rhiannon - 22.04.2013 at 18:13  
Rating: 8 Wtf, this album doesn't have a review? are you joking?
Himedal - 30.04.2013 at 18:57  
Rating: 10 The best album of them. so gothic, so good.
ElMarcado - 30.06.2014 at 08:24  
  Best Symphonic Metal album EVER. How the fuck is Epica called the best?, I think TPA and CoO are good albums, the others just overdone and generic chick metal.
Therion deserves the place of the best Symphonic Metal ever. They created the subgenre and they deserves the place
NocturnalStalker - 25.01.2015 at 16:38  
Rating: 9 My favourite Therion album. Epic, majestic, dark, mysterious, breath-taking... I could go on.
Favourites: The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah, Clavicula Nox, Black Sun.

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