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Live In Midgard

Therion

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Album Review

Live in Midgard is a two-CD set that generously documents Therion's 2001 tours of South America and Europe (and features performances from both small clubs and large halls). The Swedish quartet is augmented on-stage by a six-piece choir and what sounds like a real string section (but is not credited as such in the liner notes). Therion's orchestral metal suites sometimes sound like the offspring of, say, Morbid Angel and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra — and the results are occasionally incongruous and somewhat jarring — but the band's marriage of symphonic music and heavy metal is a happy one for the most part. It doesn't hurt that the execution is pretty much spot-on throughout. Includes a cover of Accept's obscure "Seawinds."

Biography

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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