i think that Live in Midgard is the best live album of therion, for the simple reason that has alot of song from Lepaca kliffoth and beyond, which make it more interesting to hear than Celebrators or Live Gothic.
I knew these guys only from "Son of the Staves of Time", but lately I came back to them and as I am listening to their releases, I became so obsessed with their blend of symphonic music and - earlier - death metal. Just, in this first genre is so much mess, and here there is a band which makes everything with so devoted beauty and balanced touch.. I can't believe I finally gave them a fair spin. And although it's quite stupid addition, I should say they have one of the most beautiful album covers. And this trend never stopped - yes, I think even Theli is beautiful in its own way. :>
I must say the only album covers I really like are Beyond Sanctorum and Sirius B. They really are one of very few bands worth to be called "symphonic metal". There's a special place in my heart for them, but I've stopped paying attention after Gothic Kabbalah. I tried to get into that, but after Sirius B everything I've heard was bland and boring to me. Only other really good sympho metal band to me is Haggard. And honorable mention to Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! by Waltari, which is in a league of it's own; then there's symphonic black metal, but that's something entirely else really, and I like Within Temptation tbh, but that's more of a nostalgia than anything else.
Attended their concert in Helsinki yesterday. The ladies sang beautifully but overall a bit too much 'powermetalish' for my taste. Although the last tracks "The Rise Sodom And Gomorrah" and "To Mega Therion" were really awesome!!
I have listened to tons of classical music, metal, opera and more genres; And additionally, I have attended some musicals but eh, I wouldn't listen to them at home cause i don't get so excited by them.. But this?? This is a true masterpiece!! Having small problems that can be overlooked, Beloved Antichrist is a phenomenal piece of work!! Amazing!! (It can't be enjoyed fully without reading the lyrics while listening)
They were reborn as a band that revolutionized music and invented a new genre, to be followed by Epica, Haggard and many others. Symphonic metal, originally created by Therion in 1996, dominated much of European metal scene throughout 2000s and is still going strong. And yet they managed to stand out. To date, very few bands came close to Therion's chtonic, colossal mythological symphony.
Almost made it to the end of disc one but was too bored to go any further. There's nothing remotely metal going on, it's opera with a hint of guitar in the background. I applaud Johnsson for trying something different and following his dreams but this isn't for me.
I wonder, how does it, in your opinion, differ from, say, Vovin? That was kinda opera with a hint of guitar in the background as well?
I must say I find the new album pretty enjoyable so far. Some of the singers are better than others and a fixed group of singers could've been better, but in general I think they did a great job.
I would add Bal-Sagoth (basically, if Therion was Black metal), Leaves' Eyes and Turisas (Stand Up and Fight album in particular, this is where they really went towards Sympho metal). You may also be interested in bands like Wind Rose, Falkenbach, Summoning, Caladan Brood. And, as I see you already enjoy Rhapsody, Xandria and Sonata Arctica a lot, you totally should check out Kamelot, Mechanical Poet (early) and Edenbridge.
By Therion I'd recommend an Arrow from the Sun, Schwarzalbenheim, the Blood of Kingu, Melek Taus in addition to aforementioned.
By other bands: check out Turisas album Stand Up and Fight. It's surprisingly symphonic. Venetoi! - Prasinoi! in particular strongly reminded me of Therion. Darker bands like Bal-Sagoth, Summoning and Caladan Brood may be of interest to you.
unironically hope they do another album of retro french pop covers. i am being deathly serious. when i die i want to be interred in a mausoleum equipped with a sound system that constantly blasts opera metal renditions of jacques brel's greatest hits and causes property values in a six mile radius to hit rock fucking bottom
Dragon Rouge are also wannabes tho (like literally every living Occultist), they mix Jewish Kabbalah with Sumerian Paganism not realising those two are antagonistic forces. But bleh, you can always try maudlin of the Well for an experimental take on astral projection.
I don't like new Therion. They lost their characteristic sound... that magic and mysticism that made me discover new and ancient worlds. Now they sound cheap, empty :/ But I will always remember good times.