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Therion - A'Arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming (-/10) - Sweden - 1997

Genre: Symphonic Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 71:36
Band homepage: Therion


  1. In Remembrance
  2. Black Fairy
  3. Fly To The Rainbow
  4. Children Of The Damned
  5. Under Jolly Roger
  6. Symphony Of The Dead
  7. Here Comes The Tears
  8. Enter Transcendental Sleep
  9. The Quiet Desert
  10. Down The Qliphotic Tunnel
  11. Up To Netzach/Floating Back
  12. The Fall Into Eclipse
  13. Enter Transcendental Sleep
  14. The Gates To A'Arab Zaraq Are Open
  15. The Quiet Desert
  16. Down The Qliphotic Tunnel
  17. Up To Netzach
  18. Floating Back
Therion - A'Arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming
No, not a new album by THERION, but a 77-minute CD that originally had been conceived as a single...

The record, coming in the nice DigiPak, contains the complete soundtrack for an art-movie titled "The Golden Embrace", completely classical, without any "new-time" instruments, and four of these tracks in THERION-versions, i.e. metallic cover-versions with choirs and everything. Very recommendable are "Down The Qliphotic Tunnel", which almost reaches Power Metal-level and "Up To Netzach/Floating Back", which is a crass contrast, coming over very calm indeed.

Add to this two songs from the "Theli"-sessions, "In Remembrance", a lot calmer and also minus the big choirs, and "Black Fairy", which bears quite some traditional Metal in its guitars, also without choirs, yet both really good, both with none other than Dan Swanö on vocals, and a shorter instrumental version of "Symphony Of The Dead".

The remaining four tracks all are cover-versions: "Fly To The Rainbow" of SCORPIONS, "Children Of The Damned" of IRON MAIDEN, "Under Jolly Roger" of RUNNING WILD and "Here Comes The Tears" of JUDAS PRIEST. All four are in the rather classical Metal-style, i.e. without classical elements or even the choirs, so they do not really sound too much like THERION now, but still good, because different, especially "Under Jolly Roger" with its faked live-atmosphere.

All in all a quite interesting compilation for a good price (mid-price at least has been the declared one), which every THERION-fan could really buy!

Alexander Melzer

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