Next THERION-album, next strange title. "Deggial" is the title of the follow-up to "Vovin" and marks a step into a more guitary direction, contrary to the mostly surprisingly calm predecessor the band around Christofer Johnsson presented itself a bit heavier, but no less artistic and demanding.
Opener "Seven Secrets Of The Sphinx" starts out quite measured, but the guitars are farther to the foreground again, which in connection with the classical instruments and the strong choir-vocals comes over very good, while the guitar of "Eternal Return" reminds me a lot of none other than IRON MAIDEN, the melody-line, the sound, really British, even though the rest again is very calm and noble.
"Enter Vril-Ya" convinces by its simple, but very effective guitar, which introduces one of the highlights of this album, with great choir-arrangements, well implemented classical elements and that guitar, which also fits in very well. After that it gets very classical, with "Ship Of Luna", as the title implies only sparsely instrumented and also "Deggial" starts out very calm until suddenly the guitar jumps at the listener and the whole song turns into a much faster and heavier direction, which fits the song very well!
Well, and "Flesh Of The Gods" sounds almost traditional, with BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kürsch on vocals, not as wild as "The Wild Hunt" of "Vovin"; but still it is most Metal on "Deggial", in combination with the choirs veeeery good (live even better, because another tad more crunchy)!
The looong "Via Nocturna" with its two parts covers the whole spectrum, beginning with calm, very classical passages to very well integrated guitars and very variedly arranged choirs, it offers everything that THERION stand for. And for the end they have yet another highlight, a cover-version. But not a normal one, no, no, "O Fortuna" by Carl Orff, part of his cult-cycle "Carmina Burana", with everything, guitars and choirs, yet not just played, but really interpreted, equalling the class of the original!
All in all not as artistic as "Vovin" anymore, but with more guitars. Oh, and you will have to listen to "Deggial" for a few times until the arrangements truly unfold and you will be able to befriend the album. But once you have succeeded in this, you get, just like before, a highly interesting album of a highly interesting band...