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Therion - Theli

8.8 | 722 votes |
Release date: 9 August 1996
Style: Symphonic metal


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01. Preludium
02. To Mega Therion
03. Cults Of The Shadow
04. In The Desert Of Set
05. Interludium
06. Nightside Of Eden
07. Opus Eclipse
08. Invocation Of Naamah
09. The Siren Of The Woods
10. Grand Finale / Postludium
11. In Remembrance [2014 reissue bonus]
12. Black Fairy [2014 reissue bonus]
13. Fly To The Rainbow [Scorpions cover] [2014 reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1996: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 149

Christofer Johnsson - guitar, vocals, keyboards
Piotr Wawrzeniuk - drums, vocals
Lars Rosenberg - bass
Jonas Mellberg - guitars, keyboards

Additional musicians
Dan Erland Swanö - vocals
Anja Krenz - soprano vocals
Axel Patz - bass, baritone vocals
Gottfried Koch - programming, keyboards
Jan Peter Genkel - grand piano, keyboards, programming

The North German Radio Choir: Raphaela Mayhaus, Bettina Stumm (soprano), Ursula Ritters (alto), Ergin Onat (tenor), Joachim Gebhardt, Klaus Bulow (bass).

The Siren Choir: Anja Krenz, Constanze Arens (soprano), Riekje Weber (alto), Stephan Gade (tenor), Axel Patz (bass, baritone).

Additional info
Recorded in January-March 1996 at Impuls Studio, Hamburg.
Mastered at Central Sound Studio, Hamburg.
Engineered by Gottfried Koch and Jan Peter Genkel.
Mixed by Jan Peter Genkel.
Produced by Jan Peter Genkel, Gottfried Koch and Therion.
Mastered by Jan Peter Genkel.
Cover art, layout and graphic design by P. Gron.
The orchestration on this album was made by The Barmbek Symphony Orchestra, samples and keyboards.

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Comments: 16   Visited by: 1235 users
06.09.2010 - 20:49
Rating: 10

NO review for one of the best albuns EVER!???!?!
Beware the Shadows of Dusk
21.03.2011 - 23:52
Rating: 8

Just listened to this band and holy fuck, this album IS awesome. Thanks MS!
19.07.2011 - 14:26
Rating: 10

1 of the best albums i've ever heard
10.11.2012 - 19:48
Rating: 10

Written by Vonpire on 06.09.2010 at 20:49

NO review for one of the best albuns EVER!???!?!

I'm disappointed as well.
19.11.2014 - 17:24
Rating: 8

Sorry guys, I just can't see the deal with this album. Of course it is good, but...
07.12.2016 - 15:29
Rating: 10

An almost forgotten symphonic metal jewel? This album is a masterpiece!:bow:
28.01.2017 - 06:25
Rating: 8

Don't judge an album by it's cover.
20.06.2018 - 12:46

The best symphonic album forever
20.01.2021 - 13:35
Rating: 9

Easily their best album. A shame they lightened their sound after this one and watered down some of the darker, heavier parts.
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27.01.2021 - 20:41

I was 15yo when this album came out.for a reason i play this album to my parents on our holidays....i think they like it.but that was the first time i realise that metal music isn't the best to listen with others.nice album thou....
04.03.2021 - 00:55

Great ebolacore
03.11.2021 - 01:30
Rating: 9
Nocturnal Bro
I didn't expect an album with such an ugly cover art to sound this magical
I'm intrigued after listening to the first two songs - I'll have to listen to the rest some time...
03.11.2021 - 09:52
JoHn Doe

Written by F3ynman2000 on 03.11.2021 at 01:30

I didn't expect an album with such an ugly cover art to sound this magical
I'm intrigued after listening to the first two songs - I'll have to listen to the rest some time...

you know what they say, "do not judge a book by it's cover".
A groundbreaking album when it came it, still relevant today.
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
26.01.2022 - 05:06
Rating: 9
Nocturnal Bro
This is an epic, beautiful masterpiece of music! The choir and orchestra are implemented expertly to create this mystical, middle-eastern tone, layered by elegant keyboard playing and heavy guitar riffs!

This album showcases what I love about metal: that within this genre there can be so much diversity, that there can exist bands like Black Sabbath, Slayer, Emperor, and Therion, creating completely different styles of music - yet all uniting under the banner of metal!

The consecutive tracks "To Mega Therion", "Cults of the Shadow", "The Desert of Set", and "Nightside of Eden" create an unforgettable experience as they tell of a great serpent awakening with an incredible performance by the choir and all the instruments! After an instrumental interlude comes the weakest song "Invocation of Naamah". But, this drop is immediately rectified by the absolutely beautiful song "The Siren of the Woods" (sung in Akkadian, an extinct language of Mesopotamia!) and the concluding epic instrumental!

A unique metal performance that everyone needs to have experienced at least once!
19.07.2022 - 10:39
Rating: 9

Cover along with the next album is really bad, but album is almost perfect.
01.06.2023 - 20:45
Rating: 9
Nocturnal Bro
That's Dan Swano's melodic voice at 2:12 on "In the Desert of Set", right? Man, another example of Swano being part of a musical masterpiece.

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