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Enjoyable but tough to find... - 90%

evilution, May 6th, 2003

This is one of the rarer Therion items out there, but it is worth seeking out because it does contain a song that can be found nowhere else. The single was released mainly because Nuclear Blast thought that the Siren of the Woods might have had some crossover appeal, and so here we get an "edit" that is still over eight minutes long, and a few keyboard bits are added here and there as well. When combined with mystical lyrics in an ancient language, it isn't hard to see why NB's expectations weren't meant. Of course, the song is one of the best from Theli, and hearing a slightly different version of it makes for a nice change of pace.

The second track is another of the standouts from Theli, Cults of the Shadow. This one is also edited, but much less noticeably.

FInally we get to the highlight of the single, the song Babylon. It is technically not a Therion song, but was recorded because composer Lars Rosenberg (ex-Entombed) wanted to get it on tape before his ex-bandmates could "steal" it. It is much simpler than the rest of Therion's music from this period, but enjoyable nonetheless. My only complaint is that Piotr's vocals, which are good in moderation, are not so good over the course of an entire song.