Therion - _Crowning of Atlantis_
(Nuclear Blast, 1999)
by: Adam Wasylyk (7 out of 10)
It's always a disappointment for me to see a band fall from what I perceive as a "state of genius". Therion's _Theli_ was one of the most unexpected yet brilliant records of the '90s. Meshing metal and classical influences effortlessly, it left both fans and critics in awe. They followed up this gem with _Vovin_, an album I was somewhat disappointed with. Lacking the strength and beauty of its predecessor, it was a definite stumble in the musical path Therion have carved over the years. In 1999 we see _Crowning of Atlantis_, an EP containing new material, covers and live material culled from their back catalogue. The new material basically follows in the tradition of the material off _Vovin_, although it is a bit more mellow and a little less metal. The live material isn't too bad; the cover of "To Mega Therion" is great apart from the female vocals, which could use a little more work. Loudness, Manowar and Accept get the cover treatment, which Therion do in an adequate fashion. To sum up, Therion fans should dig this, but it won't win over any new fans.

(article published 15/6/1999)


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