Therion - Gothic Kabbalah (Nuclear Blast Records) - Back
Is it really possible that Therion has been around for 20 years now? Believe it or not, they were founded in 1987 but it wasn’t until 1991 when they released their debut “Of Darkness…” “Gothic Kabbalah” is the bands latest creation and once again it is a double disc release. I think this may be Therion13th album. Unlucky 13? No…but this for me is a little different than I expected. “Gothic Kabbalah” is dynamic, and the feeling you get from the music changes from track to track. One may argue it could be so dynamic that each song almost sounds like a different artist. It’s not quite to that extent, but you can see where I am coming from. Once again you will find the band’s great music writing ability. Being progressive and experimental they weave their layers of music together nicely. There were 4 session vocalist hired for the 2 disc set, added in addition to Petter’s vocals. These 5 main vocalists use many different vocal forms including, gothic, death, operatic, and the normal stylings you should be akin to. As the title may suggest, there are gothic influences prevalent on the discs, more so than previous works; almost similar to HIM or Moonspell. Symphonic metal with a gothic touch you might say. Also don’t forget the elaborate atmosphere that sets the mood for most songs along with a folk touch. Gothic Kabbalah is a good album but many extra elements may make it harder to digest than other Therion albums. It is more surprising than anything for me. This is far from a bad album, just different and more challenging than I expected.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins