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Lepaca Kliffoth 1995
As the 90's answer to Celtic Frost, Therion evolved from a bland death metal band to an exciting hybrid of symphonic metal with tinges and eventually entire washes of classical music and then right back to bland, only this time as a bland power metal band. However, right smack dab in the middle is the heart of the band's best work, including 1995's Lepaca Kliffoth.
Having built on the framework of Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas and continued the spirit of Celtic Frost's Into the Pandemonium, Therion furthered the investigation of melding classical influence with a thrashy and classy brand of metal. Matched with some pretty nifty songwriting, the result is a very fine piece of work, ranking among the best Therion would ever release. For the album's recording, Therion brought in two classically trained singers to act as a balancing zone for Christofer Johnsson's hoarse shouting and throughout, their contributions are nothing but exceptional. The symphonic aspect is still somewhat diminished in comparison to later efforts from Therion, but the flashes throughout are very smartly employed. The core music is more certainly solid metal and expertly played by the band, especially with drummer Piotr Wawrzeniuk's fluid and deft touches. The band also nods a hearty head to Celtic Frost by covering "Sorrows of the Moon", which finds Johnsson offering a very snappy Tom G. Warrior impression.
On a whole, Lepaca Kliffoth is one of the band's most consistent and cohesive releases. Still not overblown and grandiose, the album has one foot firmly planted in the band's heavier death metal roots but with one foot stepping right into their future. Given the brilliance of this album and Theli, it is a darned shame the band would turn into the musical equivalent of strained vegetables by the year 2000.
1. The Wings Of The Hydra
3. Arrival Of The Darkest Queen
4. The Beauty In Black
5. Riders Of Theli
7. Darkness Eve
8. Sorrows Of The Moon
9. Let The New Day Begin
10. Lepaca Kliffoth
11. Evocation Of Vovin
12. Enter the Voids
13. The veil of the golden Spheres