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Secret of the Runes

Therion Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 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 (29 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00005Q4QX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Therion at their most sinister! 16 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having been a Therion fan for years, I admit to being quite taken aback by just how dark and sinister the overall sound of this album is. I had been expecting a continuation of the brilliantly histrionic melodrama heard on previous efforts "Vovin", and "Deggial". Instead, the atmospheres are laid bare; the arrangements stark, simple and beautiful.
Opening track "Ginnungagap" sets the tone with a heavy drone of a guitar riff, soon backed by choral chanting and chilling woodwind. If you close your eyes you can really imagine a thousand Norse warriors going forth on a mission of conquest.
Following this is the sheer, unadulterated genius of "Midgard", the pounding drama of "Jotunheim", and the genuinely terrifying "Helheim".
In years to come this may come to be viewed as Therion's finest hour. Indeed, everything that makes a classic album is in place here: superb musicianship, tangible passion, and memorable songs.
One not to be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Therion just get better and better! 26 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Secret of the Runes is just another step towards musical perfection. I don't know just how far that can be away for Swedish metal masters Therion because as well as their last couple of albums this one is about as near to an absolute musical work of art as it ispossible to get. Picture the effect of ancient Nordic tales beautifully brought to life in true orchestral splendour - stirring acoustic strings, woodwind, soaring operatic vocals and all underpinned with solid heavy metal rythms. This is musicianship in a category of its own. There has never been a sound like it. I challenge anyone who appreciates intelligent heavy metal and similar quality music to have just one listen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound Of Ragnarok.... 10 May 2008
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This is probably the most unique of Therion's albums. Released in 2001, the emphasis is more on the Classical/Wagnerian themes than the Metal sound. Dont get me wrong, there's more than enough guitar work here BUT the strings, brass, woodwork etc all take precedence, and the choir work simply strikes the Fear Of God(s) into you. There's a real majesty to the work here, with beauty & aggression balanced to perfection - testimony to magnificent production!
Lyrically this could be termed as Viking Metal with a VERY serious tone & painstakingly researched & written. Mostly written in Ancient Germanic & Nordic languages, this is a vivid description of The Nine Worlds Of Norse Paganism & Mythology. It's very respectful, almost reverential and far, far beyond the commercial approach of the likes of Manowar or Dragonforce!
My personal favourites are Jotunheim & Schwarzalbenheim for sheer intensity. Jotunheim deals with the realm of The Jotuns (Rock & Frost Giants)and is as epic as it sounds. Schwarzalbenheim refers to the dark domain of The Dwarves. Vocally this reminds me in ways of Rammstein with a really heavy, Wagner vibe.
I must also commend Helheim for the haunting vocal work & its sense of pathos.

The album closes with two covers, Crying Days (Scorpions cover) &
Summer Night City (ABBA cover). Yes, that's right - ABBA! Therion take this (lets be honest, stunningly written)track and completeley make it their own. Its very dramatic, with an addictive chorus, the choir & vocals are wonderful & its got one hell of a bite too. It wont leave your head for weeks. If you ever get the chance, catch the video on YouTube - Sheer Class!!! If only Therion attempt a Tribute To Abba album - its tailor made for their dark, occult touch!
The Scorpions cover is very good too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest metal opera CD 11 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
Well who wouldn't expect it.Therion made another masterpiece and this time very musical and very atmospherical.Some of you might miss the "dirty" vocals but you will be enchanted by the opera voices and their whole lot of instruments.
Enjoy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderous Orchestral Metal 5 Aug 2004
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Therion's latest double album SiriusB/Lemuria is a lushly orchestrated beauty of an album. This is their previous studio album and is much darker and starker in tone, with hints of eastern shading infusing the orchestrations. Though much is made of the romantic, Wagnerian feel of the classical elements in Therion's music, here I am instantly reminded of Philip Glass's operatic work, especially "Akhnaten".
Therion's strengths are how they seamlessly integrate the orchestral and choral elements together with the rock guitars and drums so that nothing sounds out of place. There is a naturalness to this music which in less able hands would sound hackneyed and cheesy. Here it sounds monumental and powerful. In fact this sounds like the ultimate in heavy metal music, how it really should sound. Huge choral vocals, bombastic guitars, thundering drums and all driven with layers of strings, brass and woodwinds. This is dense and huge music and Therion are masters at what they do and there is very little else that I have come across that sounds like it. This is a fantastic album from a band that really should be considered much more than their black metal roots belie.
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