Trouble Fake Top Of The World Sham Pain Blue On Black (Kenny Wayne Shepherd cover) Fire In The Hole I Refuse It Doesn’t Matter When The Seasons Change Stuck In My Ways Rock Bottom Gone Away (The Offspring cover) Bloody Will The Sun Ever Rise Bad Seed Save Your Breath
01. Turn From Heaven 02. Where Will You Go? 03. Through Dust, Through Rain 04. Signs Are Here 05. Never Again 06. Bring Her Home 07. The Solid Black Beyond 08. The Crowning Of Splendour 09. Morning Has Broken 10. Garden Of Peace 11. Our Destiny 12. Anthem 13. The Palace Ball 14. Jewels From Afar 15. Hail Caesar! 16. What Is Wrong? 17. Nothing But My Name
CD2 (Act II)
01. The Arrival Of Apollonius 02. Pledging Loyalty 03. Night Reborn 04. Dagger Of God 05. Temple Of New Jerusalem 06. The Lions Roar 07. Bringing The Gospel 08. Laudate Dominum 09. Remaining Silent 10. Behold Antichrist 11. Cursed By The Fallen 12. Resurrection 13. To Where I Weep 14. Astral Sophia 15. Thy Will Be Done!
CD3 (Act III)
01. Shoot Them Down! 02. Beneath The Starry Skies 03. Forgive Me 04. The Wasteland Of My Heart 05. Burning The Palace 06. Prelude To War 07. Day Of Wrath 08. Rise To War 09. Time Has Come/Final Battle 10. My Voyage Carries On 11. Striking Darkness 12. Seeds Of Time 13. To Shine Forever 14. Theme Of Antichrist
THERION IS: Christofer Johnsson - Guitars, keyboards, programming, Hammond organ, orchestral arrangement Sami Karppinen - Drums Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson - Bass guitar Thomas Vikström - Lead vocals Christian Vidal - Guitars Lori Lewis - Vocals
Back in 2001, Therion released Secret Of The Runes, a groundbreaking masterpiece in symphonic metal that both revitalized my then-waning passion for heavy metal, and also became the gold standard against which I judge all symphonic rock albums to this day. Fast forward sixteen years to 2018, and Therion have released their most ambitious undertaking to date: Beloved Antichrist.
Beloved Antichrist is a 46-track rock opera inspired by nineteenth century Russian philosopher Vladímir Soloviev’s prophetic, if xenophobic, Short Tale Of The Anti-Christ (originally published in 1900), featuring a cast of thirty unique characters, fifteen soloists, and a run time exceeding three hours in length. I must admit that I found it a tough album to review. Despite Secret Of The Runes being one of my all time favourite recordings, Beloved Antichrist is by far the most operatic of Therion’s studio works... and I have a complicated relationship with opera. I grew up in a household with parents who listened to almost nothing but opera and classical music. While I enjoyed most of the classical music, requiems, and cantatas to which they exposed me, I despised the majority of their beloved Italian operas. I disliked the ear-piercing sopranos and what I perceived as a frequent inability by performers in all vocal ranges to achieve balance between technical proficiency and emotion (that’s just my broad opinion of the genre, of course, and fans of classical opera will disagree and would be justified in applying similar criticisms to heavy metal). In hindsight, the ponderous works of Gluck and Wagner were (and remain) more to my taste than the uplifting oeuvres of the Italian masters—like Puccini and Verdi—that my folks preferred.
Diamond Baby Mistreated (Deep Purple cover) American High I'm A Woman (Koko Taylor cover) Miss Mercy The Best Thing Black Cat (Janet Jackson cover) Hard Road (Stevie Wright cover) In The Bedroom Cut Way Back You're No Good (Dee Dee Warwick cover) My Babe (Little Walter cover)