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Quickie: Therion – Ho Draken Ho Megas

Still being a novice at listening to that popular symphonic metal band, Therion, I took the opportunity to listen over their this third album of theirs.

What can I say? It’s weird, and in many ways what I initially expected to hear from “Theli“.  I assure you that I was not ready for traditional heavy metal dressed up with operatic choirs and keyboards and Middle Eastern references in the melodies and riffs when I first heard it, although considering how much more complexity I was expecting, it’s an oddly captivating work.

On the other hand, Symphony Masses, despite having the symphonic elements in relatively minor quantities, has the apocalyptic death metal insanity that I was expecting, to a point. There’s a lot of references to more normal “heavy metal”, mainly being that some of the riffs could be installed into an Iron Maiden/Judas Priest/Dio/whatever else album and not cause essential conflicts with the style of said traditional metal.  Even the more atypical riffs have a good bit of melody built into them. Very early/mid ’90s Swedish of the thing. I assume that this would mesh reasonably with the early foundational works of the Gothenburg scene, and maybe somewhat with earlier Swedish works by Entombed, Dismember, and Therion’s previous two albums.

But yeah, it’s a unique album – everything combines to make something apocalyptic, lurching, stuff crazy enough to unsettle me slightly (on the acid scale of insanity, with 1 being entirely normal and 10 being mind bending Lovecraftian madness, this is between a 4 and a 5).

To get an idea of what I’m talking about, listen to the second track, “Dark Princess Naamah”.

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  1. 2013/03/12 at 12:18

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