Symphony Masses:Ho Drakon Ho Megas
Review by JD on May 27, 2011.
Symphonic Metal. Even the name of it seem so large, but at the same time inviting. Bands like this can go one of two ways. One is that it is a sound that cascades around you, while pummling you with its thunderous riffing, the other is that it comes across like a very bad cartoon on really bad drugs. And now for your headbanging enjoyment - Therion.
Formed in 1988 just outside of Stockholm, Sweden this band of amazing musicians at first were a straight ahead Death Metal band in the vein of Celtic Frost, then slowly morphed from there into something different. Now, they are Thrash inspired Symphonic Metal, and one of the leaders in this genre. With inflences like that, plus the drive to make some of the wickedest metal around - it does not take a rocket scientist to see this band is one of the few that can blow your head off.
The are many songs that I could pick out, so I will just say that there really is no weak song on the album. With songs that are as technically sound as they are masterfully and deliciously brutal - Therion is one of the few acts, that no matter what genre of meat you like - you find this album both compelling and impressive. With very biting lyrics and some truly nasty riffs that seem to stick in your head for hours, they seem to be a band that will be around for a long time still.
Later release saw the band go through more changes, yet still keep themselves true to what they were doing. This was Therion’s finest release. Others might disagree... but that is my opinion. Excuse me while I pop the top on another cold one and listen to this album again.... I just have to.
Metal... still fucking rules. Yeah... it still does.(Puts up the horns)!
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.7 out of 10