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Album Review

By the time Deggial was released, Christofer Johnsson's Therion had already secured themselves a place in metal history. Johnsson's unique melding of classical and metal styles helped the band rise above the typical doom metal bands. While this approach had been a staple of Yngwie Malmsteen for years, Therion's approach is more organic, symphonic, and theatrical. Here the band refines their approach with improved compositions, the addition of woodwinds, and enhanced production. Johnsson's curious decision to rely on '80s metal-style guitar in the vein of Iron Maiden takes some of the music's impact away; it would have been better served with a heavier, darker sound. Still, there are some amazing moments here, in particular "Via Nocturna" and the excellent cover of Carl Orff's "O Fortuna." While not the best offering in their catalog, Deggial is a great starting point for the uninitiated, and of course, essential for the seasoned fan.


Formed: Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed during the late '80s, Swedish death metal band Therion was led by vocalist, guitarist, and composer Christofer Johnsson. Originally rounded out by lead guitarist Peter Hansson, bassist Erik Gustafson, and drummer Oskar Forss, the group debuted in 1990 with the LP Of Darkness. Gustafson exited soon after, and as a three-piece Therion returned in 1991 with Beyond Sanctorum. By 1993's Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas, only Johnsson remained from the original lineup, and he was now backed by...
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