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on 22 February 2007
I thought it impossible that Therion would produce anything as grandiose as the two album sets of Lemuria/Sirius B of a few years back. But goodness, they have done just that. "Gothic Kabbalah" is a huge, sprawling 2 CD set of mind boggling symphonic metal. Gone are the death metal vocals, replaced by a combination of operatic together with traditional rock female and male rock voices, making the music more involving and dramatic. The musicianship throughout is superb, especially the drumming of Petter Karlson which is dynamic, with lots of intricate cymbal work. But the writing of Christofer Johnsson is at a peak of creativity. Using eastern motifs with big operatic and symphonic themes to great dramatic effect. If a comparison can be made, then the work of Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon and Streams Of Passion comes to mind. But Therion are very much of their own. There are more prog rock elements to the music this time, helped by much more use of synthesizer and some superb Hammond playing by Uriah Heeps Ken Hensley. The production is one of the best I have heard on a metal record. Every instrument and vocal is given room to breath. Credit must go to the excellent mastering by the legendary George Marino which is subtle and dynamic. The usual practise in a lot of rock recordings these days of pushing everything to the max is admirably avoided.
This is an incredible recording by a band who are very much at the peak of their abilities. For me this is simply one of the very best symphonic metal albums I have ever heard!