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Therion - Vovin

8.7 | 718 votes |
Release date: 4 May 1998
Style: Symphonic metal


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03. Wine Of Aluqah
04. Clavicula Nox
05. The Wild Hunt [feat. Ralf Scheepers]
06. Eye Of Shiva
07. Black Sun
08. Draconian Trilogy
    1 - The Opening
    2 - Morning Star
    3 - Black Diamonds
09. Raven Of Dispersion

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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.

Guest review by
Night Theater
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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12.04.2012 - 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.
22.04.2013 - 18:13
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Wtf, this album doesn't have a review? are you joking?
30.04.2013 - 18:57
Rating: 10

The best album of them. so gothic, so good.
What goes by is life to be taken
The doom calls upon the forsaken
30.06.2014 - 08:24
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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
25.01.2015 - 16:38
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
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.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
30.01.2017 - 03:44
Rating: 9

Holy moley this album is awesome.
05.05.2017 - 23:42
Rating: 9

Anneke van Giersbergen was almost asked to sing on this album but Therion mainman didn't want to "create a polemic". To this day I still wonder what would have been the end result.
Life is all the pain we endeavour.
05.05.2017 - 23:56
X-Ray Rod
Written by Polaria on 05.05.2017 at 23:42

Anneke van Giersbergen was almost asked to sing on this album but Therion mainman didn't want to "create a polemic". To this day I still wonder what would have been the end result.

I wonder what he means by polemic. It almost sounds like a sneaky way of saying "I want the spotlight just for myself".
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
06.05.2017 - 01:25
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
It would have been a crappy result had she sung on this album. Her voice just not fit here.
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12.04.2020 - 12:55
Rating: 8

Good but lacking the dark heaviness we heard on Theli, which is a shame as I felt that style suited Therion well.
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