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  • Therion’s, Theli hardly needs the help, review wise, with thirteen out of thirteen 5 star reviews, but I like Therion so much that I decided to make it fourteen straight. Therion is a group that started out recording heavy death metal. I know because I didn’t realize this and I ended up with one of those cds. It wasnt’ awful but it was close. Then in the early to mid 1990s Therion grew up,er, started to evolve and boy did they change. It was alost as if they were the object of divine intervention. Theli, I believe, was the first of the heavenly inspired albums, I’m not sure, it could have been A’arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming. I wasn’t exposed to Therion until late 2000 and then I was like the perverbial child in a candy store, five or six (I thought it was more since I didn’t know they switched styles) glorious albums to aquire without the usual one to three years wait in between. Well enough background. What is Therion? I don’t know. They really defy classification because they are in a catagory by themselves, the unique representative of a sub-genre we will call, lets see, how about Romantic, neo-classical, symphonic, operatic metal. Pretty long but definitely descriptive. Only one other group seems to come close to Therion’s style – Haggard whose 16 piece orchestra does have an operatic quality but unfortunately retains that ghastly growling that is evident in “death metal groups” such as Sins of thy Beloved, Tristania and After Forever. I like all of the aforementioned groups but I love Therion.Like Haggard, Therion Also has a large orchestral presence, from which bombastic melodies arise from the musicians while choirs radiate enchantment with angelic voices. Interludes are carried by strings and and other magical ingrediants. I have never heard anything quite like it, although some of the power metal bands are starting to use orchestras and choirs with good effct. Well, if you’re familiar with Therion you probably agree with me and if not order all of their albums since Theli. They’re all 5 Stars except A’arab Zaraq and Secret of the runes which drop to 41/2 Stars. You’ve got fourteen 5 Stars going for you.

    Posted on January 1, 2010