Therion
Lemuria


4.5
superb

Review

by EvoHavok USER (3 Reviews)
January 12th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A journey encompassing great songwriting and variety.

When the sailman's sailing away
He shows that the dream of Lemuria is true
A land lost he will find again

Being one of Symphonic Metal’s powerhouses and considered “the most adventurous metal band”, Therion decided in 2004 to surprise its listeners yet again by releasing two albums simultaneously, Lemuria and Sirius B.

Lemuria’s most remarkable aspect lies in its variety, given by numerous influences, including Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Gothic Metal, Jimi Hendrix and Neue Deutsche Harte, all fused with Therion’s typical symphonic elements. Not only do these apparently unrelated genres work surprisingly well together, but they also manage to create a flow instead of hinting at a mere disjointed collection of songs.

Choirs, operatic male and female vocals, diverse styles, provided by changing singers (including Mats Leven - Candlemass, Krux, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) create an ethereal atmosphere, backed up by the consistent instrumentation. Although melody is the centrepiece, the musicians bring forth a fair share of guitar solos, memorable riffs or thundering drum sections. Whether it’s the hard hitting opener “Typhon”, the frantic “Three Ships of Berik”, the beautiful and calming title track or the Rammstein-like “Prometheus Entfesselt”, all members succeed at their job flawlessly. The orchestra and additional instruments hint further at the epic scale of the album without overshadowing the Metal basis, due also to the solid production that maintains a balance between all elements.

The album is not centred around a certain theme, as the lyrics tell about journeys, conflicts and events based on mythology and occultism from different cultures. Ranging from Greek to Aztec civilizations, they stray away from the frequent Medieval/Tolkien-style fantasy used by other Metal bands and bring a sense of authenticity.

On the downside, “Lemuria” has a shorter runtime compared to the other albums of the band’s symphonic era, with its abrupt closure at 42 minutes.

Ambitious and varied, yet never pretentious and always pleasant, filled with excellent vocals and instrumentation, urging the listener to become part of the adventure, “Lemuria” represents a fine Symphonic Metal album and one of Therion’s best works.


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EvoHavok
January 12th 2013


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rather short, but I felt like writing about this album.

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Mookid
January 12th 2013


1485 Comments


Cool review, breathtaking album

VermicideReloadead
January 12th 2013


1432 Comments


Album rules, but I prefer vovin and secret of the runes

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2013


2586 Comments


A short review, albeit one that encompasses everything which makes 'Lemuria' a great record-Good job. I like Therion, particularly the late 90's/early 00's, the albums done around that time don't disappoint in my opinion.

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Havey
January 12th 2013


10244 Comments


considered “the most adventurous metal band"

by whom?

EvoHavok
January 12th 2013


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

By many critics and fans.

VermicideReloadead
January 12th 2013


1432 Comments


Vovin is a flawless album with great musicanship and a remarkable vocal work. Tracks like Clavicula nox and Birth Of Venus Ilegitima proves that. Of Lemuria some of my favorite tracks are Abraxas and Thypon. Is a shame that albums like Sitra Ahra dissapoints.

EvoHavok
January 12th 2013


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Typhon and Abraxas are my favs off this as well. Sitra Ahra isn't that bad imo, just too disjointed.

VoidStarr
January 12th 2013


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well a very good written review.

But really, you can't decide which Therion album deservers 5.. too hard.



VermicideReloadead
January 12th 2013


1432 Comments


Sitra is not bad, but is bland compared to a big part of the discography of these guys.

stabbler
January 12th 2013


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

such cheese, and yet parts of it are embarrassingly rewarding

VermicideReloadead
January 12th 2013


1432 Comments


This is finely cut chesse with a cheese slicer mothafuckas.

CK
January 12th 2013


6104 Comments


I've never liked what I have heard from this band, but I haven't heard much from them, and I have heard good things about some of their stuff from some people. Where should I start?

VermicideReloadead
January 12th 2013


1432 Comments


Start with Theli and them listen to Vovin. Or maybe you should start with their death metal phase of the early 90's, anyways Therion wasn't special at that time, the best of these guys are their symphonic metal works.

EvoHavok
January 13th 2013


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Therion is definitely better at symphonic, but then again if you find them cheesy, you might actually prefer the death metal, although it seems like a different band.

Anyway, like Verm said, Theli is a great starting point. I'd also recommend Secret of the Runes.

XfingTheSullen
February 20th 2015


4361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Title track is tearjerkingly beautiful, typhon pwns ass and three ships of berik part 2 might as well have been called "Hooray, I'm Not The Father".

Aiwaz
December 15th 2017


9998 Comments


Therion kick today. All day

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Aiwaz
December 15th 2017


9998 Comments


Yep this is a 5 for sure.

bloc
October 16th 2018


54404 Comments


Typhon slaps

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