Secret of the Runes

Secret of the Runes

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by Therion
     
 

Secret of the Runes is a concept album whose concept is centuries old. Norse mythology is said to have nine different worlds or planes, and each world gets a track devoted to it. With the lyrics that are sung in several different languages, it's hard to keep up unless you're a UN translator in your spare time. However, the operatic overtures transcend verbalSee more details below

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Secret of the Runes is a concept album whose concept is centuries old. Norse mythology is said to have nine different worlds or planes, and each world gets a track devoted to it. With the lyrics that are sung in several different languages, it's hard to keep up unless you're a UN translator in your spare time. However, the operatic overtures transcend verbal communication, as every song swells and recedes with majestic aplomb, taking the listener on a ride that sounds more like a very loud opera instead of anything with a metallic base. Christofer Johnsson's gothic flair for the dramatic has never been more pronounced than on this, the band's tenth album, and the life he breathes into underground metal will make up for the breath it takes away from its listeners. Metallica's forays with a symphonic orchestra sound like being stuck between two radio stations compared to the seamless integration of metallic trappings and Wagnerian soundscapes. Therion continues to be one of the most painstakingly original acts, and even those who think the band strays too far from their roots with each subsequent album have to marvel at the musicianship and imagination Therion displays on Secret of the Runes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361662523
catalogNumber:
6625

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Therion   Primary Artist
Josef Cabrales-Alin   Violin
Piotr Wawrzeniuk   Vocals
Erika Anderson   Alto
Christofer Johnsson   Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Kristian Niemann   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Johan Niemann   Bass Guitar
Sami Karppinen   Percussion,Drums
Joakim Berg   Brass Baritone
Asa Akerberg   Cello
Anna Artursson   Alto
Petter Axelsson   Viola
Rune Bodin   Trombone
Ingela Bolin   Alto
Kristina Borg   French Horn
Monica Jönsson   Cello
Kristina Hansson   Soprano
Anna Maria Krawe   Soprano
Anna Rodell   Violin
Johan Morén   Violin

Technical Credits

Therion   Producer
Christofer Johnsson   Arranger,Producer
Sami Karppinen   Engineer
S. Karppninen   Engineer

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