It had been the video for "The Beauty In Black" that drew my attention towards THERION. Very melodious and orchestral, with baritone and soprano, the very interesting video, this all was enough to lead my steps into the next record-shop to listen to "Lepaca Kliffoth", the band's fourth album.
Basically it has been the consequent continuation of the previous album with the handy title of "Ho Drakon, Ho Megas: Symphony For The Masses" and the herald of what makes THERION so special nowadays: The amalgamation of Metal and classic, while on "Lepaca Kliffoth" the Death Metal-past has been a lot more evident still.
The above-mentioned "The Beauty In Black" was just this herald, which had no connection to Death Metal at all anymore. Quite remarkable, the soprano was sung by Swiss Clauda Maria Mokri, who already had done this part on CELTIC FROST's "Into The Pandemonium". Because of this and the good cover-version of "Sorrows Of The Moon" of just that band "Lepaca Kliffoth" and THERION had been called the Swedish answer to CELTIC FROST, an assumption that by now has been led ad absurdum by the band itself.
The soprano is also featured on "Black" and the a lot more metallic "Evocation Of Vovin", which already shows parts of the furiousness of "Theli". On the other side we have a lot rougher songs like "Riders Of Theli" or "The Wings Of The Hydra", which form the link between the past and the future, because also in these songs you'll get interesting keyboard-parts, melodies and Arabic passages ("Lepaca Kliffoth"), so anything but the usual standard.
A strong album, which should serve all people, who would like to hear the roots of the by now so characteristic THERION-melange.