Secret of the Runes

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All Music Guide - Brian O'Neill
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian O'Neill
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: 727361662523
  • Catalog Number: 6625
  • Sales rank: 17,907

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ginnungagap (6:10)
  2. 2 Midgård (5:03)
  3. 3 Asgård (4:07)
  4. 4 Jotunheim (3:43)
  5. 5 Schwarzalbenheim (5:17)
  6. 6 Ljusalfheim (3:54)
  7. 7 Muspelheim (2:14)
  8. 8 Nifelheim (4:35)
  9. 9 Vanaheim (4:03)
  10. 10 Helheim (3:17)
  11. 11 Secret of the Runes (4:30)
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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
Mikko Karmila Mastering
Mika Jussila Mastering
Christofer Johnsson Arranger, Producer
Sami Karppinen Engineer
S. Karppninen Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    A mind-blowing album! Great vocal arrangements. It is like listening to Carl Orff with guitars and drums.

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    Posted August 3, 2009

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