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Secret of the Runes

  • 1. Ginnungagap
    2. Midgard
    3. Asgrd
    4. Jotunheim
    5. Schwarzalbenheim
    6. Ljusalfheim
    7. Muspelheim
    8. Nifelheim
    9. Vanaheim
    10. Helheim
    11. Secret of the Runes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6625

  • Credits
    ProducerChristofer Johsson; Therion
    EngineerS. Karppninen; Sami Karppinen

    Therion: Christopher Johnsson (guitar, keyboards, percussion); Kristian Niemann (guitar); Johan Niemann (bass); Sami Karppinen (drums).
    Additional personnel includes: Marika Schonberg, Erika Andersson, Carl Rahmqvist Thomas Karlsson, Kristina Hansson, Ann-Maria Krawe, Anna Artursson, Marika Schonberg, Henrik Holmberg, Patrick Forsman (vocals); Anna Rodell (violin); Asa Akerberg (cello);
    Recorded at Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden, 2001.
    Personnel: Piotr Wawrzeniuk (vocals); Ingela Bolin, Erika Anderson, Anna Artursson (alto); Joakim Berg (bass baritone); Kristian Niemann (guitar); Josef Cabrales-Alin, Johan Morn, Anna Rodell (violin); Petter Axelsson (viola); Monica Jnsson, Asa Akerberg (cello); Kristina Borg (French horn); Rune Bodin (trombone); Christofer Johnsson (keyboards, percussion); Johan Niemann (bass guitar); Sami Karppinen (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Mikko Karmila.
    Recording information: Da Studio, Stockholm, Sweden (2001); Modern Art, Stockhlm, Sweden (2001).
    Arranger: Christofer Johnsson.
    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. ~ Brian O'Neill

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