negative review of Therion's latest album "Les Fleurs Du Mal" got. With this part, I really wanted to show people that I actually did enjoyed and almost loved the band once upon a time. FFS - I even have the band's logo (the Kliffoth-star shown to the left here) tattooed on my right arm. Yes, I have to admit that this is a band that has dipped in quality quite a lot since I first started to listen to them, but also, my personal taste in music have changed a lot. This has, in my opinion, given me a position where I can judge the
It was the autumn of 1996 when a friend of mine played me an album that was to change me life forever. At the time, I almost solely listened to Swedish "trallpunk" and that was what I enjoyed. Period. He had tried to get me into "weird metal" at other times before, and I'd always smiled politely and forgot about the bands. But this time, it was different. The incredibly atmospheric and haunting intro known as "Preludium" really made the over-dramatic teen in me get a hard-on. And when it abruptly shifted into the band's (nowadays) classic song "To Mega Therion" - I didn't know what to do with myself. I absolutely worshiped the music that came out of his speakers and alongside with Moonspell, Tiamat and My Dying Bride - Therion, and especially "Theli" had a huge part in shaping me into the man I am today. But enough reminiscing - let's dissect this fucker right now!
Therion's first album was a quite standard run-of-the-mill Sunlight-produced slab of classic Swedish death metal, but one could already hear small parts of the band's progressive ideas.
Only one year later (that's 1992 mind you) the band gives us "Beyond Sanctorum" which differs quite a lot from the debut album.
Another year then (1993) and the band released the extremely uneven and experimental album "Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas". This experimental-lust and progressiveness really is what Therion is all about according to me.
Two years down the road and Therion released, what in my opinion still is their best album to this day. Here they have left behind most of the classic death-metal sounds and ventured further into classic heavy/thrash metal, combined with clean vocals, choirs and keyboards. The result is a most unorthodox mix of music that I haven't heard previous or after.
You all know the story by now. This became the most expensive album that the label Nuclear Blast had released up until then and the boss Marcus Staiger had to sell his car to afford the recording. The result is history and "Theli" is most certainly the mother of all things considered symphonic/opera metal.
Ok, so now we have arrived at the year when I actually started to follow what Therion did and bought each and every one of their albums as soon as it was released. I haven't included "A´Arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming" (1997) here since it's not an actual album, but I really recommend it anyway, no matter how underrated it is. 1998 is the year when "Vovin" was released and my god, is this an uneven album or what!
As the case was with the release in 1997, "The Crowning of Atlantis" (1999) isn't really an official album either. The titletrack, the Manowar- and the Scorpions-covers are fucking ace! So be sure to listen to it instead of "Deggial" (2000) which might just be the most boring Therion-album of all.
Just one year later, Therion apparently decided to make the best album since "Lepaca Kliffoth". Sure, there aren't any death-metal grunts present here, but there's variation and the prog-worship is even interesting (unlike those on "Vovin"). And of course, this is a concept album of the worlds in the Nordic mythology. Therion sings in Swedish for the first time in their existence and fuck me, how good it is!
Fast forward three years and Therion released a double-album, which also was released as separate albums, so I'll review them as such too. "Lemuria" is easily the most impressive, while this one - "Sirius B" - hasn't got the same edge to it.
As I mentioned, the sibling-album "Lemuria" is far superior with songs such as the gothic power-metal song "Three Ships of Berik, Part 1", the suggestive title-track, the emotionally haunting "An Arrow From the Sun" and the Rammstein-worshipper "Feuer Overture/Prometheus Entfesselt".
Fast forward another three years (2007) and this is in my opinion where things really started to go astray for the band. One can feel that there's so much things missing and the band-chemistry has gone out the window. I cannot say that I am the hugest fan of Snowy Shaw either...
Earlier, I've said that "Deggial" is Therion's most boring album to date, but then I really didn't think of "Sitra Ahra" (2010). Honestly, I'd forgotten about this album when I wrote that, and so should you. "Deggial" is fucking superior to this crap-fest.
And thus, we have come to the latest atrocity, "Les Fleurs Du Mal" which is so elaborately wrote about earlier. And yes, the first video-track is obviously still the best one.
Still, I will continue to buy this band's albums (I'm that stupid) because I am always curious to what it is that Christoffer will do next. Also, I haven't completely lost hope of his band. The ultimate thing would obviously be if Therion did something that was sort of a mix of "Lepaca Kliffoth" and "Secret of the Runes", but I know that won't happen.