Therion - _Lepaca Kliffoth_
(Nuclear Blast, 1995)
by: Gino Filicetti (
Holy fuck. What else can I say about this amazing outing that those two words alone can't describe? This album is so gigantic, so enormous, so majestic, so incredible, it :really: is beyond words. _Lepeca Kliffoth_ marks Therion's fifth venture in the realm of musical genius. Continuing on the heels of the trends set in their previous release, _Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas_, Therion produce another album that will very well set them up for life as true innovators. This CD never ceases to amaze me; the more I listen to it, the more I find something new and wonderful about it. It is very rare for me to spew all over an album in a review like this, but it would be impossible to tell you about this record without doing so. Therion's wide range of influences is present all over this outing. There are elements of classic heavy metal, doom, goth, classical and even some fusion! They are all blended and mixed together in such a way that it finally dawns on you, "Why didn't anyone think of this before?" A plethora of keyboards adds atmosphere to the record, and the operatic performances of Claudia Maria Mohri and Hans Groning are so breathtaking it made me wish the entire album featured their vocals instead of only two songs. The tracks on this CD probably vary more than any I've seen on any other album. From the light and beautiful music of 'Arrival of the Darkest Queen' to the fast crunching anthem 'Riders of Theli'. When it's over and done with, Therion leave the listener with the uncontrollable urge to just press play again and be captivated by these Swedish gods for another 40 minutes. Chalk up another masterpiece on Therion's list of metallic wonders.
(article published 9/2/1995)
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