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Review: Therion - Theli

Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2022
Originally released in: 1996
Duration: 51:19
Tracks: 10
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 24, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)

This is a remastered rerelease of Therion's fifth album from 1996. This band didn't hold on to their Death Metal sound very long at all, as by their third album, Symphony Masses, they were definitely off into weird territory, and by this one they are well into their middle period of mixed sounds and eclectic songwriting. There is a lot of symphonic influence on this, and a lot of keys, as well as a much more definite gothic sound than they kept later on. The vocals are the expected mix between clean singing and operatic choirs, also mixed in here is a gothic vocal approach that did not remain part of the Therion sound. The songwriting here is not bad, but it's so all over the place that it's hard for the album to maintain any kind of consistent feel or mood. This shows what the band would become, but they aren't there yet.

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