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THERION - LEVIATHAN

THERION have always been a band that have challenged themselves to explore new paths, while remaining true to their musical core values. For their 17th studio album, mastermind Christofer Johnsson and his collaborator Thomas Vikström have created something that has been previously unthinkable to the guitarist and the singer. "We have done the only thing that was left of all the different angles to explore", explains Christofer. "We have decided to give the people what they kept
asking for. 'Leviathan' is the first album that we have deliberately packed with THERION hit songs."

True to the Swede's words, the album opens with the catchy and swift tune 'The Leaf Of The Oak Of Far' featuring female and male antiphonal singing as well as a choir that seems to have evolved straight out of THERION's breakthrough full-length "Theli" (1996).

This is immediately followed by
the obvious highlight 'Tuonela', in which Christofer cleverly underscores this hit-track's Finnish vibe by employing NIGHTWISH’s "metal voice" Marko Hietala. Next up in this parade of future fanfavourites is the title track 'Leviathan' that offers classic THERION material with operatic female
vocals and a massive choir.

Christofer Johnsson's passion for classic voices, choirs, and orchestral elements as well as his penchant for epic melodies in combination with rock and metal shines clearly through the following sing-along ballad 'Die Wellen Der Zeit', which indicates another nod to German romantic composer Richard Wagner. "Ever since 'Theli', Wagner has been and will always be at the core of THERION", emphasises Christofer. "When we started to combine metal and opera, it was something new and original. Today, symphonic metal has long been a firmly established genre."

When THERION came into being in 1988 by changing name from the already existing band BLITZKRIEG, which was founded a year earlier, Christofer had rather taken inspiration from SLAYER's
"Reign In Blood" among other classic metal albums. At the beginning, the Swedes were firmly rooted in death metal, a genre which they helped to define, as witnessed by their debut album "Of Darkness...." (1991). Yet even back then, there were hints of "something else" lurking beneath the rough surface.

The use of female vocals is another core ingredient of THERION today, which developed gradually.

CELTIC FROST had basically introduced the female element to extreme metal on "To Mega Therion" in 1985.

THERION began with both a female and male vocalist emulating a church like choir already in their sophomore full-length 'Beyond Sanctorum' (1992). With Symphony "Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas" (1993) and "Lepaca Kliffoth" (1995), Christofer continued to developed his trademark sound by gradually drifting towards cleaner vocals and more keyboards. With "Theli", the Swedes had firmly established a reputation of pushing the boundaries of metal in the 90s – among such acts as their compatriots TIAMAT, THE GATHERING, and MOONSPELL that were often referred to as "gothic metal" at the time.

THERION continued to break new ground leaving inspiration for others to follow in their wake: On "A'arab Zaraq - Lucid Dreaming" (1997), Christofer further explored the use of Near Eastern music in metal which he had already begun in 1992, while "Secret Of The Runes" (2001) dared to have
Swedish lyrics in some songs. While critics were left confused and fans challenged, THERION were often ahead of their times and vindicated in hindsight. Even the band's 25th anniversary excursion "Les Fleurs Du Mal" has by now overcome the initial shock the album caused and is only beaten in terms of streaming by the classic "Vovin" (1998).

When Christofer faced the question of where to go next after the dramatic "Beloved Antichrist" (2018) had finally fulfilled his musical mission, his answer is "Leviathan" named after a giant sea monster from Judeo-Christian myth that has roots in Babylonic lore: THERION have created a giant hit album – and for the first time in the history of the Swedes, their fans are not asked to explore
something new, but simply to lean back and enjoy the best from their band!

-Spanish version

THERION siempre ha sido una banda que se ha desafiado a sí misma a explorar nuevos caminos, sin dejar de ser fiel a sus valores fundamentales musicales. Para su 17º álbum de estudio, el cerebro Christofer Johnsson y su colaborador Thomas Vikström han creado algo que antes era impensable para el guitarrista y el cantante. "Hemos hecho lo único que quedaba por explorar de todos los diferentes ángulos", explica Christofer. "Hemos decidido darle a la gente lo que se quedó
preguntando por. 'Leviathan' es el primer álbum que hemos empaquetado deliberadamente con éxitos de THERION ".

Fiel a las palabras del sueco, el álbum se abre con la pegadiza y rápida melodía 'The Leaf Of The Oak Of Far' con canto antifonal femenino y masculino, así como un coro que parece haber evolucionado directamente del gran avance de THERION en su larga duración "Theli "(1996).

Esto es seguido inmediatamente por
el punto culminante obvio 'Tuonela', en el que Christofer subraya hábilmente el ambiente finlandés de esta exitosa pista empleando la "voz metálica" de NIGHTWISH, Marko Hietala. El siguiente en este desfile de futuros fanáticos es la canción principal 'Leviathan' que ofrece material clásico de THERION con mujeres operísticas.
voces y un coro masivo.

La pasión de Christofer Johnsson por las voces clásicas, los coros y los elementos orquestales, así como su inclinación por las melodías épicas en combinación con el rock y el metal, brilla claramente a través de la siguiente balada cantada 'Die Wellen Der Zeit', que indica otro guiño al compositor romántico alemán. Richard Wagner. "Desde 'Theli', Wagner ha sido y estará siempre en el centro de THERION", enfatiza Christofer. "Cuando empezamos a combinar metal y ópera, era algo nuevo y original. Hoy, el metal sinfónico ha sido un género firmemente establecido".

Cuando THERION nació en 1988 al cambiar el nombre de la banda ya existente BLITZKRIEG, que se fundó un año antes, Christofer se había inspirado más bien en SLAYER.
"Reign In Blood" entre otros álbumes de metal clásico. Al principio, los suecos estaban firmemente arraigados en el death metal, un género que ayudaron a definir, como atestigua su álbum debut "Of Darkness ...." (1991). Sin embargo, incluso en ese entonces, había indicios de "algo más" al acecho debajo de la superficie rugosa.

El uso de voces femeninas es otro ingrediente fundamental de THERION en la actualidad, que se desarrolló gradualmente.

CELTIC FROST básicamente había introducido el elemento femenino en el metal extremo en "To Mega Therion" en 1985.

THERION comenzó con un vocalista femenino y masculino emulando un coro similar a una iglesia en su segundo larga duración 'Beyond Sanctorum' (1992). Con la sinfonía "Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas" (1993) y "Lepaca Kliffoth" (1995), Christofer continuó desarrollando su sonido característico al derivar gradualmente hacia voces más limpias y más teclados. Con "Theli", los suecos habían establecido firmemente una reputación de empujar los límites del metal en los 90, entre actos como sus compatriotas TIAMAT, THE GATHERING y MOONSPELL, a los que a menudo se hacía referencia como "metal gótico" en ese momento.

THERION continuó abriendo nuevos caminos dejando inspiración para que otros lo siguieran: en "A'arab Zaraq - Lucid Dreaming" (1997), Christofer exploró más a fondo el uso de la música del Cercano Oriente en el metal que ya había comenzado en 1992, mientras "Secret Of The Runes" (2001) se atrevió a tener
Letras suecas en algunas canciones. Si bien los críticos se quedaron confundidos y los fanáticos desafiados, THERION a menudo se adelantó a sus tiempos y se reivindicó en retrospectiva. Incluso la excursión del 25 aniversario de la banda "Les Fleurs Du Mal" ya ha superado el impacto inicial que causó el álbum y solo es superado en términos de transmisión por el clásico "Vovin" (1998).

Cuando Christofer se enfrentó a la pregunta de a dónde ir después de que el dramático "Amado Anticristo" (2018) finalmente cumpliera su misión musical, su respuesta es "Leviatán", que lleva el nombre de un monstruo marino gigante del mito judeocristiano que tiene raíces en la tradición babilónica. : THERION ha creado un álbum de gran éxito y, por primera vez en la historia de los suecos, no se pide a sus fans que exploren
algo nuevo, ¡pero simplemente para descansar y disfrutar lo mejor de su banda!

Songs

1 The Leaf on the Oak of Far 3:38
2 Tuonela 4:37
3 Leviathan 4:01
4 Die Wellen der Zeit 3:46
5 A?i Dah?ka 3:06
6 Eye of Algol 4:03
7 Nocturnal Light 5:37
8 Great Marquis of Hell 2:36
9 Psalm of Retribution 5:03
10 El Primer Sol 3:37
11 Ten Courts of Diyu 5:29

Members

Christofer Johnsson — guitars, keyboards, programming, Hammond organ, orchestral arrangement (1988–present), lead vocals (1988–2006), bass guitar (1988, 1991-1992)
Sami Karppinen — drums (1998-2003, 2017–present; live member: 2013)
Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson — bass guitar (2008–present; studio only since 2019)
Thomas Vikström — lead vocals (2009–present; live member: 2007)
Christian Vidal — guitar (2010–present)
Lori Lewis — vocals (2011–present; studio only since 2014)

Information

Country: Sweden

Released date: 22 January 2021

Genre: Symphonic metal

Length: 45:33

Format: DIGITAL

Producer: N/A

Barcode ID: N/A

Production: N/A

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

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