Wednesday, November 12, 2008


In the music world of death metal, the Swedish band Therion is morphing into symphonic metal religious music. (Oxymoron?) Their latest studio album is titled "Gothic Kabbalah". According to The Sandspur:

Therion concerts usually feature mystical or mythological visual themes due to the nature of their music and their lyrics that deal with mythology, legends, runology, and the occult (in particular, the variety as practiced by the order Dragon Rouge, of which Therion lyricist Thomas Karlsson is the founder and at least Christofer Johnsson is a member). This concert, as well as the tour they were on, follows a Gothic theme in line with the concept of their latest album that deals with Gothic mysticism and 17th century scholar Johannes Bureus.

As can be noted on the group's website, they have official websites for Poland, Japan, France, and Russia.

Wikipedia tells us the title of the band is the name of a god in Thelema, Aleister Crowley's "religion". Crowley assumed the title "Master Therion".

Lyrics of their songs are on the web here. Check out Gothic Kabbalah.

If you want to hear what they sound like, go here. To my ear the music is hypnotic and enticing. I can see how the kidlets are drawn in. Any of you have teenagers out there? How popular is this band on the American teen scene?

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