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Therion - 'The Wings Of The Hydra' (Remastered)

Open up the gates and I'll follow
Let's tread what's supposed to be hollowed
On our journey we're facing our fate
To find the balance of destroy and create

I ride the Mighty One
I burn my self with fire
I ride the Mighty One
I drown my self in might

Give me the strength that I want
As I wait through nights until dawn
Rise up Dragon and bring me the fire
Bring to life my deepest desires

Rise up Dragon, awake from the cave
Rise up, free me, take off my chains
Lend me your wings and I'll be free
Let's rise

As I ride the Mighty One
As I burn my self with fire
As I fly above the skies
As I drown my self in might
As I ride the Mighty One
As I burn my self with fire
As I fly above the skies
I open up the gates...

"Ανασκαφές" στο death metal παρελθόν των Therion επιχειρεί η δισκογραφική εταιρεία Hammerheart Records και επανακυκλοφορεί (σε cd και βινύλιο) και το τέταρτο full length album των Σουηδών metallers "Lepaca Kliffoth" 27 χρόνια μετά την αρχική κυκλοφορία του...

Ο δίσκος των Therion 'Lepaca Kliffoth'
Δελτίο τύπου: «The dawn of Symphonic Therion glooming at the horizon, yet still drenched in Dark Metal execution!

Though it was their fourth full-length, and we had been given a sampling of their symphonic/gothic direction with “Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas”, “Lepaca Kliffoth” might remain the most memorable masterpiece of the band’s career along the follow-up “Theli”.

A transitional phase between the band’s Death Metal roots and the hybrid of symphonic, gothic metal which they would carry forward for the rest of their career. This is an extremely dark album.

The band retains their fascination with obscure occult magick and prophecies within the lyrics, and the music revolves around killer mid-paced Metal riffs drenched in the vocal libations of Christofer Johnsson.

The album starts off strongly with “The Wings of the Hydra”, and from there on the serpent has snaked about your spine. An addictive piece with an obvious Celtic Frost influence, chanting vocals, simple synth tones and arabesque guitar melodies which evoke the mythical age of the song’s namesake.

The album’s ‘hit single’, “The Beauty in Black” is glorious and gothic, it uses a pair of operatic vocalists (male and female), a sort of predecessor to the revolving door of guest musicians the band would use on their later albums.

Other excellent tracks include the charging “Riders of Theli”, the crushing doom of “Black” which would have fit almost perfectly on “Into the Pandemonium”. The rest of the album is equally dark and enchanting, with other standouts being the title track and “Evocation of Vovin”.

Synthesizers, flutes multiple vocalists, and the core of the band are all clear and precise throughout, yet it still carries a very raw and dark, ominous tone to it which trumps the later studio efforts.

This may not be quite as symphonic as many Therion fans demand of their material in recent years, but it clearly marks the point where this band transformed from a innovative Death Metal band into the Gods of Gothic Metal.

There are very few parallels to something like this, and it belongs in the collection of any fan of quality Occult Metal. Needed if you like: Sentenced, Amorphis, Celtic Frost, Paradise Lost, Tiamat.»

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: "The Wings Of The Hydra"
Album: "Lepaca Kliffoth"
Type: Full length

Release date: April 7th, 1995
Label: Megarock Records, Nuclear Blast
Format: CD, 12" vinyl, Cassette

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

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