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The Western Twin: power and leadership. - 100%

Daniel_2007_Pendulum, April 21st, 2008

"Lemuria", one of the two twin albums that Therion released in 2004, is definitely one of the best in their career. Along with "Sirius B", it's the proof that the band has left behind their "barbarian" beginnings and has moved on into something more mature, more delicate and doubtlessly more symphonic, but without putting apart the power and aggresivity that has always characterized Therion; and this time, "Lemuria" is the aggressive brother. So, let's check out the blue twin.

"Lemuria" is a very short album (it lasts only for 42 minutes), but includes all the elements a true metal album should have: aggressivity, harmony, delicate atmosphere and tunes, and very interesting lyrics. I call this album "The Western Twin" because the lyrics of the ten songs included on the album talk about legends, mithology, famous people and also prophecies and paganism of the western part of the world (Europe and America).

Not, let's talk about the songs. Each song is different from the other, both in rhythm and lyrics (and even in music), with the obvious exception of two songs that can be considered as only one: "Three Ships of Berik". A song divided in two parts is an element also featured in "Sirius B" (the song "Kali Yuga" is also divided in two). For example: "Typhon" features death/black metal voices on the chorus, and "Lemuria" and "An Arrow From The Sun" feature delicate, beautiful female voices; "Quetzalcoatl" (a song which chorus is wirtten in Spanish) is leaded by a female choir, and "Feuer Overtüre/Prometheus Entfesselt" (the masterpiece of the album, entirely in German) is entirely sung by a couple of different male voices (no female voices are featured in this song); "The Dreams of Swedenborg" includes a very few operatic voices; and "Abraxas" is practically entirely sung by them. As you can see, it's a very varied album.

Now, let's check out my personal ranking for each song of the album. Let's remember that neither "Lemuria" nor "Sirius B" include bonus tracks.

Typhon - 9.8/10
Uthark Runa - 9.7/10
Three Ships of Berik (both parts) - 9.6/10
Lemuria - 10/10
Quetzalcoatl - 10/10
The Dreams of Swedenborg - 10/10
An Arrow From The Sun - 9.9/10
Abraxas - 10/10
Feuer Overtüre/Prometheus Entfesselt - 10/10