Therion: Adulruna Rediviva And Beyond

Symphonic Swedes go to town on a triple-DVD extravaganza

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This triple-disc DVD package is a work of quite staggering magnitude. Though conceived by guitarist Christofer Johnsson as a fairly rudimentary death metal outfit in 1987, Therion have spent a decade weaving orchestras and choirs into the mix.

A car crash of Christofer’s scalding-hot trad metal licks and exotic operatic divas, its contents were filmed during a 20th anniversary tour in Budapest in 2007 and four years later at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta.

They include a complete revision of Theli, their album from 1996. To some Theli is a defining statement that Therion never managed to surpass, and, assisted by special guest Dan Swanö, the group’s former producer, it still sounds fresh and inventive here.

An extra feature entitled An Adventure With Therion and a documentary were sadly unavailable to review at press time but, despite the overlap between the two shows, Therion fans will gorge on these 47 tracks.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.