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Of Darkness [Original recording reissued]

Therion Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Three years after the monumental "Gothic Kabbalah" album, THERION are back with their new slab of symphonic metal: "Sitra Ahra" – 11 songs full of musical mastership and brilliant songwriting! THERION are once again challenging the listener in a very positive way: "Sitra Ahra" is a trip through mysticism, metal and maturity. A trip that you will never ... Read more in Amazon's Therion Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B000056P4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ols School 7 July 2014
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If you like Therion's later symphonic albums chances are you won't like this. It's pretty decent Old School Death Metal, but nothing particularly memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine illustration to the horrors of hell. 30 Dec 2011
By Agma
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Therion's first and gloomy debut is a rather fine, albeit- slightly "rough around the edges" attempt at full-on early and dark swedish stockholm death metal that had been around this time aspiring an explosion of newcomer bands such as Dismember, Grave and Entombed in their droves etc etc. Anyway, Of darkness... has the air of a personality about it; putting aside the fact that it's extremely heavy album and one which attains a shatteringly persistent abrasive production throughout; Of darkness... seemingly manages to reach out for the listener to directly offer a truly unique listening experience. Through ever so slightly experimental's such as the use of "distant" sounding screeches. Well organized songwriting, soloing and barrages of riffs embraced in buzz-saw sound is pretty much the order of the day here in any case.

So we begin with "The return" and it's evil doomy stamp; ultimately, we find a heavy tendency towards thrash/death in this particular song which occasionally and abruptly changes into another chilling atmospheric brood. Next up "Asphyxiate with fear" does exactly that and lulls you into a false sense of security before riff after riffs hits you in succession and simply does not relent. "Morbid reality" is possibly the heaviest song on the whole album and is excessively punishing what with the constant mini blast beats appearing every so often. Megalomaniac is once more another fast and uncompromising thrash/death workout, where-as "Suberb to hell" could easily have been the track sequel to the preceding "Morbid reality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like Later Releases 20 April 2008
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Im a massive fan of Therion and I consider them to be the cream of the evergrowing crop of symphonic metal bands - However I must warn anyone looking to buy this that it is nothing at all like their far more accomplished later releases - There are no orchestrations and very little if any keyboards at all here. The classical influences that began to show on Symphony Masses and Lepaca Kliffoth are not apparent on this debut album. This is pure early 90s Death Metal. Raw and Heavy?Yes. Experimental? Not really. I wouldnt say this is a poor album - its just not at all representative of the real Therion sound.
Unless you are a real completist then start at Symphony Masses onwards. The second album, Beyond Sanctorum shows some progression at least (keyboards first appear)so maybe that one is worth getting. Basically the true Therion did not show fully until 1996 and the release of Theli.
If you like EARLY Opeth,EARLY Celtic Frost,Obituary then you may like Of Darkness
Fans Of Nightwish,(Later)Dimmu Borgir,Epica, Metallica's S&M etc - this probably isnt for you. If you are looking to get into Therion, Id recommend Theli,Vovin,Secret Of The Runes,Lemuria/Sirius B or Gothic Kabbalah as a point of entry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Therion's Roots... Their VERY Different Roots 13 Feb 2003
By Azrael - Published on
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Originally released in 1991, "Of Darkness" was Therion's debut album displaying a very visceral form of death metal. Their frontman was barely 18 years old, and they recorded & mixed this disc in roughly 6 days. The material was originally written in the last couple years of the 80s, but Therion demonstrated with this debut that even as a fledgling band they would become a force to be reckoned with. "Of Darkness", like the following two albums "Beyond Sanctorum" and "Symphony Masses", held very closely to the death metal code and this particular release shines with creativity.
It may be true that the original release of "Of Darkness" had something to be desired, but this remastered version is truly awesome (despite the lack of full color original artwork). Therion has shown themselves to be masters of the symphonic/operatic metal scene in recent years with releases such as "Vovin" and "Secret of the Runes", but it is necessary to hear this album and understand their amazing talent as a death metal band. It is their mastery over that particular style that allowed them to develop and create the operatic metal masterpieces as of late.
Though many of you may not completely appreciate or even like Therion's first record, even then it should still be listened to so you gain an understanding of the path the band took to get where they are now.
As for the music itself, I personally find it to be one of the greatest death metal debut albums of that time period. Considering that this album was released just a year after Metallica released their 'black' album, it just goes to show how much Therion chose to shrug off any influences of the more mainstream scene to pursue an effort in unbridled ferocity and raw power. This remastered disc allows you to hear all the intricacies that were perhaps unavailable on the original, as well as simply discover how great these guys were at the death metal sound. This isn't quite the caliber of say Opeth's "Orchid" or Sinister's "Cross The Styx" in terms of a debut release, but "Of Darkness" is still one of the best and most entertaining debuts of that time. This is a great example of how many of today's great metal acts had roots that would thoroughly shock many of their contemporary followers. Don't miss out on this one. I VERY highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old School treat 4 Dec 2010
By Daniel M. Mullen - Published on
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Old school Death Metal. I remember jamming this in my car in high school when this was 1st released as a cassette.
5.0 out of 5 stars PACKAGING of THIS Edition 26 Dec 2006
By James E. Schafer - Published on
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DEAF RECORDS / Grind Core logo (original 1992 release). 4-page booklet with color picture of the four man band, Plus B&W picture of the band. Lyrics included .
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh 22 Sep 2003
By secular - Published on
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Therion's first full album. It's death metal (eh) and sounds nothing like newer Therion, no opera vox or classical influence, just death metal.. still, quite impressive for its time and fans of the genre (it's bits better than many other death metal albums I've heard) should "eat it up".
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very extraordinary! 2 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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This album must be the only album to include all those elements of "Satanic-heavy metal". Songs such as Dark princess Naamah bring a Satanic landscape in your mind, like images from burning mortals and mountains. this is very extraordinary, and Cristofer Johanssons scales used are very filled with dreamlike howls, and it's very frightening in a way, since you really see all the evil in front of you. Dawn of Perishness is the heaviest number on the record, including raging growls of mr. Cristofferson, and the riffs are heavy as ever.I would recommend this record for every black-metal fanatic, and for all those people too who love symphonic heavy-metal, for this is really it!. .... Lyrics are of foreign language filled with most satanic messages ever! The last number, ho drakon ho megas, leaves you gasping a breath, you'll never be the same again. HIghly recommended!
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