Therion - Vovin
 

What is the first thing you think of when you here the words Oprea and Metal. Well for opera you probably think of a fat woman singing inaudibly in a concert hall. For metal you probably see a guy sitting in the middle of a pentagram drinking goat's blood. I'm almost positive that you would never imagine the two together in the same song but that is what Therion has done with this album and I must admit it sounds damn good.

The album opens with a piece called "The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah" which is a perfect example of how well these two genres go together. It starts with an orchestra playing to an erie sound that makes you realize that this isn't your typical oprea. It moves along to a catchy orcestra combined with a little metal. Now the vocals kick in and believe me it is the weirdest combination of sounds ever but somehow it goes together perfectly but this is only a teaser of what is about to come.

Moving along we come to a song by the name of "Wine of Alqah" the song that incited me to buy this album. It starts of with a piano part but quickly moves along to a fast paced band and orchestra that quickly catches your attention. It follows this trend throughout the song adding in some nice double bass drum and the occasional guitar solo.

I know you must be thinking I'm crazy for liking something that combines oprea and metal but surprisingly enough it works great. I do have a few problems with this album though. First are the vocals with like all opreas are almost indeciphrable unless you listen closly. Second is that for about half the songs the orchestra overpowers the band, but all in all I have to say that this is an all around good album for anyone that likes classical or metal, the album just gets to you.

   
 
 
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Tracks:
1. Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah
2. Birth of Venus Illegitima
3. Wine of Alvqah
4. Clavicula Nox
5. Wild Hunt
6. Eye of Shiva
7. Black Sun/Draconian Trilogy
8. Opening
9. Morning Star
10. Black Diamonds
11. Raven of Dispersion

Written by: Chas

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