Singing not so much. I've been collecting Therion backwards. Probably stop with this album. Music is good. Report abuse. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products.
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I would have to digress as i reckon that 's Lepaca Kliffoth is where the band made a big evolution from their earlier albums. Real strings were not utilised until 's Vovin. What is unique about this album is main man Christofer Johnsson's vocals -in no way operatic or death metal either - i can best describe them as a kind of hardcore style, similiar to Evan Seinfeld from Brooklyn's Biohazard!
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Back to top. Pretty neat track but on the short side unfortunately. The title track is a standout too with some great occult chanting. So there are some classed up moments but most of this album is still good gut-punch stuff. If you like the thought of Therion but on the rougher side, don't hesitate! And with the inside leaf proclaiming the various names of the Anti-Christ I didn't realize there were so many!
Put this CD on your shelf and watch it strangle your Morse albums and drag them to the fires to be consumed by Asmodeus. The first two albums had shown only the barest of hints hidden away behind the endless growls, and the eclectic "Ho Drakon ho megas" saw band leader Christofer Johnsson exploring a number of styles while still relying mainly on the sounds which he had shown a preference for up to that point.
This would be the band's first release for Nuclear Blast Records, whom they have remained with to date. In terms of line up, once again leader Johnsson makes wholesale changes, with only drummer Piotr Wawrzeniuk remaining on drums.
Christofer Johnsson's ongoing interest in the Dragon Rouge cult is once again the source of inspiration for much of the lyrics, and "Vovin" makes a first appearance when he is the subject of an "evocation" towards the end of the album. In terms of notable significant progress , Johnsson finally dispenses with the growling,and makes a conscious attempt to sing melodically.
He also brings in classically trained singers on three songs. Being candid, Johnson's singing is not that wonderful, being more of a shouting indulgence. The instrumentation is however noticeably more adventurous, with keyboards becoming ever more significant. The lead guitar too is more focused on playing rather than simply thrashing out riffs. The segued tracks "Arrival of the Darkest Queen" and "The Beauty in Black" the latter released as the band's first single finally offer the first genuine taste of what was to come from Therion.
A wonderful instrumental piece, quite unlike anything we have heard before from the band, precedes a magical piece of operatic singing. Male and female vocals combine against a heavy backdrop in a song which suffers only from its brevity. Elsewhere, "Darkness eve" is for the most part a song with little to distinguish it. For the final minute though it bursts into an exquisite instrumental passage.
What you're left with is a voice freakishly resembling that of a man with too much food stuffed in his mouth, trying to sing without taking the time to swallow. No better is this shown than the chorus of Black.
When taken in context of Kliffoth's sound as a whole, they aren't that out of place, but expect them to feel quite goofy the first spin or two.
In addition, certain tracks suffer from an overly-chuggy sound, especially Wings of the Hydra and Melez — those still largely riddled with death influences. While the songs eventually please the ears, the initial listen could generate potentially negative feelings — I personally feel they were two rather bad choices for starting tracks, but I'm not Christofer to decide that.
All in all Lepaca Kliffoth is a damn solid Therion album, one that most certainly deserves more recognition than it gets. The recommendation here goes out to any Therion fan, as well as those digging straight heavy metal in general.
You're doing yourself a disservice, especially as a fan, by not listening to this album. This isn't a death metal album; this isn't a symphonic album. Lepaca Kliffoth hovers somewhere in between, a heavier sort of heavy metal. I'm starting with "Lepaca Kliffoth" because it's their first album where there are no death metal elements since I cannot stand death metal. It's also one of their greatest and most underrated albums to date.
First of all, I'd like to point out that "Lepaca Kliffoth" isn't death metal. I cannot stand it when people use the phrase "their first four death metal albums" because this isn't death metal at all. If I had to classify "Lepaca Kliffoth", I'd say it's experimental heavy metal.
It's experimental because we get to hear soprano and bass vocals on some of the tracks "Beauty in Black", "Black" and "Evocation of Vovin". It also contains a lot of keyboards and middle-eastern melodies.
If you listen to "Arrival of the Darkest Queen" and "Lepaca Kliffoth", you can see that this is way more experimental than their previous album. If you want a Therion album to headbang to, look for nothing but "Lepaca Kliffoth". From the very first second of "The Wings of the Hydra", you know what this album is going to contain; hardcore vocals, melodic keyboards, catchy guitar riffs and an overall haunting atmosphere.
You'll also notice that it's nothing similar to death metal; in fact, "Lepaca Kliffoth" cannot be compared to any Therion album. It's unique in every way. This album doesn't really have weak tracks. All songs are great and unique. However, if I have to pick favorites, they would have to be the fast and catchy "Riders of Theli", the beautiful and haunting "Black" and the amazing, haunting "Lepaca Kliffoth". The latter is my favorite track.
I especially love the chants toward the end. Anyway, "Lepaca Kliffoth" is an undiscovered Therion treasure. Although it isn't Therion's greatest album, it's still among their best efforts so far.Lepaca Kliffoth () is a Studio album by Therion. Genres: Gothic Metal, Symphonic Metal. Songs: The Wings of the Hydra, Melez, Arrival of the Darkest Queen, The Beauty in Black, Riders of Theli.