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on 27 March 2001
'Vovin' was the first album, I ever listened by Therion and after that they became instantly my favourite band. No other band I think have gone as far as them in doing classical music with metal particularly with that album which is so 'melodic' with a constant presence of guitars. I definetly recommend this album to any metal fan, it is seriously good stuff.
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on 26 March 2001
'Vovin',is by far my favourite album by Therion. It has a very good combination of metal and classical music which the band performs perfectly well. It is a change from the previous one, but it is as good if not better. I will recommend this album to everyone.
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on 14 February 2003
...though less impressive than 'Theli', this album certainly touches on brilliance. 'Wine of Aluqah' plays like a condensed symphony with the 'distinct beginning, middle and end' style that most classical pieces employ. It crescendoes in a frantic violin extravaganza of incredible power. Likewise, Clavicula Nox and Eye of Shiva are seriously impressive pieces.
'Wild Hunt' is an amusing take on the style of Maiden.
On the whole, the album is impressive and is worth buying, but it lacks the power and the strength that Theli had. More importanly though, it lacks the intricacy and fluidity of Theli. Theli was one piece of music, while this is many.
My advice to you is this: if you are a fan of Therion already, then buy this anyway. If you have never heard Therion, but are venturing here from a background in Metal, then most certainly you must get Theli as your first Therion album. If you are venturing here from a classical or some other background, you may find elements of Vovin to be more accessible than Theli, though ultimately you are likely to find Theli more impressive.
Don't get me wrong; this album is very good - it's just that Theli was brilliant! ;-)
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on 11 May 2008
After the incredible 1996 release, Theli, Therion finally had the resources to add a full string section to the music, in this case The Indigo Orchestra comprising 2 x violins,viola,cello & double bass/contrabass in addition to expanding the choir section. This 1998 album is therefore heavily infused with Classical influences, and continues the sombre feel & reverence for the Dark Arts...
I dont find the material on this album as immediate as Theli or the later albums (I also find this with Deggial released 2 years later), However this isnt a complaint as i enjoy listening to the album & discovering its many hidden pleasures.
I've introduced friends to Therion & in nearly every case they are knocked for six by the sheer invention of the music!
Tracks that really catch my ear here: Clavicula Nox (Haunting!) and Wine Of Aluqah.
The occult lyrics display intelligence & maturity far more than the hackneyed approach of so many metal artists. Lyrics, as usual, are almost solely written by Thomas Karlsson. He is not a member of the band as such but is a longtime friend of Christofer Johnsson & the leader of the occult/magical order Dragon Rouge. The sincerity/authenticity of the lyrics on all of Therion's albums since Karlsson's involvement from 1996
onwards is one of Therion's greatest strengths.
I strongly recommend the album, Live In Midgard; featuring tracks up to and including 2001's Secret Of The Runes, this is a great way to hear the Vovin & Deggial material, a little bit heavier when performed live.
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on 2 December 2009
Vovin is one of the best albums of Therion. Along with Theli it places Therion in the crossroads of different types of music. Vovin is a combination of classical music, choir/opera and heavy metal. Besides the novelty of the sound, it should be stressed that most of the songs have become classics. A definite 'must buy' album for any heavy metal / rock / classic music fan!
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on 22 April 2012
Being incomprehensible by the human level of understanding how could these melodies, orchestration and choruses have been conceived by human minds, leaves no other explanation but of a divine light shining above and overflowing the spirit of the composers involved in this eternal monument of glorious music.

In the same style and quality level are the next two albums, called "Deggial" & "Secret of the runes", which can as well be considered as masterpieces of their own, although slightly inferior to "Vovin".

However, the listener should pay attention to the fact that the further succeeding albums distance themselves from the opera style of the above mentioned albums, lacking simultaneously much of the prior inspiration.
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on 22 October 2015
Great Product, Bought It for one song Excellent Transaction AAA+++
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