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En dépit des apparences, rares sont les artistes engagés dans une démarche occulte sérieuse, et Christofer Johnsson, le leader de Therion qui est membre du Dragon Rouge (un ordre magique et initiatique implanté en Scandinavie), est de ceux-ci, ce qui déteint fortement sur ses compositions et ses textes empreints d'un symbolisme ésotérique qui échappera aux incultes en la matière. Après des débuts peu prometteurs sous la forme d'un groupe de thrash/death très quelconque, Therion s'est rapidement lancé dans un syncrétisme fusionnant heavy metal et musique classique, abandonnant de ce fait la voie de la décadence prônée par bon nombre de black metalleux d'obédience sataniste pour emprunter celle de la transcendance luciférienne. Or, depuis le magnifique Theli, Therion a considérablement progressé. Contrairement à Vovin, pour lequel Christofer avait dû, une nouvelle fois, faute de moyens financiers, utiliser des synthés pour les orchestrations classiques, Deggial a été enregistré avec de véritables instrumentistes, et ce ne sont pas moins de vingt-sept musiciens et chanteurs (dont des choristes des deux sexes très présents sur l'album) qui ont participé à sa réalisation. Le résultat est tout bonnement grandiose et s'achève en apothéose par une adaptation de "O Fortuna", l'un des passages les plus connus du Carmina Burana de Carl Off. Du grand art ! --Hervé SK Guégano
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A few of the songs on here will be familiar to anyone whose been to a live performance or is in anyway familiar with the band. "Seven Secrets of the Sphinx", "Ship of Luna", "The Invincible" and "Flesh of the Gods" all came from this album so technically this CD has more of their "hits" than most others. Regardless the songs between these hits just don't carry the impact you might hope so instead of being an overall memorable CD you get some memorable songs stuck in between a CD of serviceable music. Regardless its great to finally hear them all in there "clean" and "polished" form. The Invincible is by far the best "rock" song your going to find on the album. Ship of Luna is separately the best predominantly orchestral song at play.
However to say all the filler in between the hits was mediocre is a bit unfair, there were some standout tracks amongst them, they just had issues. "Emerald Crown" comes to mind and I find it odd how unloved this song is by other reviewers. With by far the greatest variety amongst its styles and a great pacing its practically the only song on the CD that can hold its own against Therions mega hits. It has some heavy rock moments without going to crazy and has by far one of the greatest vocal chrous's on the CD.
"Eternal Return" and "Via Nocturna" are both excellent orchestral pieces (with the occasional rock bits, this is Therion after all) but they also both drag on way, waaaaaaaaay to long for there own good. Repetition sets in meaning that they are good for one or two listens but soon you'll be skipping the songs three or four minutes in because the tune becomes dull in your skull, you've heard it fifty times before and you just can't take another four minutes of the stuff. One other, The Flight of the Lord of Flies is also a great little piece but falls to the exact opposite shortcoming the last two did, its just to short and unlike the previous two it had the greatest variety and could have proved the most entertaining over a long period.
Then theres "Enter vril-ya" and "Deggial". Enter vril-ya is another orchestral piece that comes right after Eternal Return and here-in lies its weakness. The two songs are extremely similar and putting them together made this even more noticeable, unfortunately for this poor unloved song Eternal Return is many times better and thus there just isn't much reason to spend your time on vril-ya past your first few listens. As for Deggial it isn't a bad song...its just not that great for the title song. Its the song with the most "metal" elements on the CD but suffers from pacing issues and a near schizophrenic change in that pace at times.
"O Fortuna" was unexpected and you would have figured it would fit right in with Therions style. However as it turns out it was forgettable at best, the original was infinitely better. The issue stemmed from to little bang in the song, it was hard to believe that you could take such an epic song, add rock and actually downplay the "in your face" impact this song causes but amazingly enough Therion pulled it off. You'll probably listen a few times for the opening chorus which tricks you into thinking its going to be a really epic take on the song before you finally realize that no, its not going to take off at any point and is going to stay on a predictable bland route.
And thats the review. Now for those who don't want to read all that or just want a basic capping of the songs (in the order there on the album) with attached ratings of each here we go.
Seven Secrets of the Sphinx (3/5) - I've never been a fan of this song despite the fact that its a hit among most fans. It just doesn't stick out to me, its got some good vocals and orchestration but I'm not fond of the overly done "Egyptian" sounds and tunes in the background. Regardless its not a bad way to start the CD, its just not the best. Most Therion fans will get a kick out of it and its one of the more rock-centric tracks to be had in this offering.
Eternal Return (4/5) - One of Deggials many orchestral offerings (though it grows into a far more rock based ending) and amongst this group it strikes its place soundly in the middle of such tracks. It has some beautiful vocals with solid orchestral bits though not superior and the growing rock style within the track keeps me from classifying it as the best of one or the other. This song becomes predictable after a few listens though and won't likely be on your list for long despite its decent orchestration.
Enter vril-ya (3/5) - Unlike Eternal Return this track is predominantly orchestral and actually has better vocals. Unfortunately it sounds too similar to the previous song with fewer epic orchestral bits.
Ship of Luna (5/5) - The first truly memorable track and THE orchestral offering of Deggial. Far softer than any other song on the album, better lyrics, better tune, better vocals...just better. It has a dark sound about it and has the most "depressing" sound on the album.
The Invincible (5/5) - Another great piece right after the last and this time its by far the strongest of the rock offerings. Varied vocals and one of the most fitting mixes of orchestra and rock that Therion has ever pulled off. This is a well known hit amongst Therion fans and after hearing it you'll understand why. For me after hearing it live many times with varying levels of quality its a great joy to hear it in its cleaned form.
Deggial (3/5) - The title track of the album that proves to be neither Therions best or worst work. The true issue with this song is the pacing it has, unsure whether it wants to be soft or hard. Its by far the hardest of the albums tracks and the only one that truly crosses over into metal and that is perhaps its failing, it sounds out of place amongst these other songs.
Emerald Crown (5/5) - The surprise hit of the album, the one nobody ever really talks about but managed to be as fun as any of the big songs. Variety, pacing, vocals, this song has them all. Besides the orchestral variety this song also has the best use of male vocals on the album.
The Flight of the Lord of Flies (4/5) - Why? Whhhhy? WHHHHHY was this track only 1:22 long? Dark, fast and beautiful what your given could easily have been the opening to one of the best songs on the CD but instead we are just left with longing. For this reason I detracted a point but what you do have is still a great little snippet worth listening to over and over.
Flesh of the Gods (4/5) - Not a bad offering at all, by far one of the hardest tracks and the closest to metal after Deggial. Though I'm not typically fond of Therions attempts at the rock voice they managed to pull it off in this song and as far as the harder songs go it comes in right after The Invincible. This was definitely good for a change of pace without the ridiculously out of place nature of Deggial.
Via Nocturna (4/5)- An initially brilliant orchestral bit becomes quickly stale as you realize they didn't really bother to change things up very much. Sure the opening sucks you in but once the song takes off in its near ten minute glory you realize that most of that length comes from repetition, not variety. Still this is a pleasant song and good for a few listens. Just don't expect it to stay amongst your play list for to long like some of Therions greats.
O Fortuna (2/5)- The big let down of the album. I love Carmina Burana and like anyone who knows of the piece I also love O Fortuna for the epic swell it brings in the middle of the slower pieces around it. Unfortunately Therion truly butchered this one when it had so much potential in their hands. How they managed to make a bland piece of music that droned on with no variation for three minutes when they had Orff's brilliant work and their own heavy instrumentals to back it up will be forever beyond me.
Anyhow thats it. Guess the second part didn't actually turn out any shorter than the first but I prefer to be through. So basically your getting your moneys worth with Deggial, just don't expect the best work Therion has ever made. However if your like me and despised their latest offering Gothic Kabbalah and have yet to collect all their works this is still a brilliant piece in comparison and harks back to when Therion wasn't going down the drain.
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