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Therion - 'Symphony of the Dead' (Remastered)

Your life is fading to death
When gates are open, you'll pass
You are alone outside your shell
The astral landscapes await

A discovery of the secrets of life
You'll reach through the skies
Your eyes can see a world in beyond
The world of the demised



"Ανασκαφές" στο death metal παρελθόν των Therion κάνει η δισκογραφική εταιρεία Hammerheart Records και επανακυκλοφορεί (σε cd και βινύλιο) το δεύτερο full length album των Σουηδών metallers "Beyond Sanctorum" τριάντα χρόνια μετά την αρχική κυκλοφορία του...

Ο δίσκος των Therion 'Beyond Sanctorum'
Δελτίο τύπου: «One of Swedish Death Metal most sought after albums, and rightfully so! Therion’s relatively unknown beginnings as a “standard” Death Metal band seem to be misunderstood by many Metal listeners.

Although the general consensus seems to be that “Beyond Sanctorum” is just “straight up Death Metal” while their later releases are neoclassical style, upon closer inspection, the opposite seems to be true.

Although “Beyond Sanctorum” uses mainly instruments and performance aspects of standard Death Metal, the songs are alreafy composed in a style more similar to actual classical music. “Future Consciousness” starts the album off with a churning Morbid Angel style intro alternating with dark tremolo melodies and some heavy groove.

Other bright spots include “Cthulhu”, featuring deep, cavernous doom sections evoking the famous sunken city, alternating with frantic fast passages. “Enter the Depths of Eternal Darkness” goes from a sludgy opening section to fiery death metal, with some eerie lead guitar moments and is also quite satisfying.

“Symphony of rhe Dead” has an early The Gathering feel, that bursts into Death Metal later on. The highlight of this album is definitely “The Way”. This is where the bands developing symphonic style is most obvious, so “Theli” fans should definitely hear this song first.

We cannot recommend it enough - “The Way” is not only the best song on the album, but one of the best examples of adventurous, progressive (yet uncompromising) Death Metal one is ever likely to hear. This album released around the time when Death Metal was abandoning its primitive roots and going off into more complex territory.

For anyone willing to take the time to really listen to music beneath surface level aesthetics, this is actually a surprisingly complex and rewarding listen. This album is light years ahead of their debut. Check this one if you like: Morbid Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Celtic Frost.»

Band: Therion
Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Malta / Sweden
Formed in: 1988
Genre: Death Metal (early), Symphonic/Operatic Metal (later)
Lyrical themes: Mythology, Occultism, Ancient religions
Years active: 1987-1988 (as Blitzkrieg), 1988 (as Megatherion), 1988-present

Audio: "Symphony of the Dead"
Album: "Beyond Sanctorum"
Type: Full length

Release date: January 1992
Label: Active Records
Format: CD, 12" vinyl

Re-release date: April 29th, 2022
Label: Hammerheart Records
Format: CD, 12" vinyl

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