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Therion - Gothic Kabbalah,
This review is from: Gothic Kabbalah (Audio CD)
Sweden's THERION have always been a band prepared to push the boundaries of heavy metal to the very limits. This album once again has tremendous orchestratition and a range of different vocals like you hear nowhere else. Female vocals, high male vocals, low male vocals and of course, the THERION choir! All these elements are combined to create a glorious sound that once again gets the extremely good production it deserves.
As the title woiuld suggest, `Gothic Kabbalah' is a rather dark affair and this mood is set immediately with the creepy intro to impressive opening song `Mitternacht Lowe'. Many of the 14 tracks that follow also tred a similar path although `Son of the Staves of Time' is a real standout with memorable vocal lines as well as some excellent solo guitar work. `The Path To Arcady' is a rare weak moment with repetition being it's downfall.
By the time I got to the latter third of ther album my patience was wearing a little thin and the album was becoming tiresome. This album is a whopping 2 disc set spanning 78 minutes and THERION's music is just so grandiose that despite their obvious qualities, listening to the material really can take your brain's metal capabilities right to the edge of sanity! I guess this shows what a fantastic songwriter and creative genius THERION's brainchild, Christofer Johnsson really is.
As with many of THERION's releases, `Gothic Kabbalah' requires a lot of digesting and certainly a broad mind. It's difficult to say how this compares to previous THERION records, but I can definitiely say that their legions of fans will be delighted with `Gothic Kabbalah' as all the key ingredients of a good, modern day THERION album are present. This is a dark but majestic epic of an album and who knows, this may end up in the metal history books as an all time gothic classic.