Beyond Sanctorum

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Beyond Sanctorum
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1992
The Montezuma Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Death-doom
69:43 (re-edition)
Label Active Records
Nuclear Blast (re-edition)
Producer Rex Gisslén, Christofer Johnsson, Peter Hansson
Therion chronology
Of Darkness...
Beyond Sanctorum
Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas
Alternative cover

Beyond Sanctorum is the second studio album by Swedish metal band Therion, released in January 1992. It was re-released on 27 November 2000 under the Nuclear Blast label as a part of The Early Chapters of Revelation boxset. It contains remastered songs, as well as four bonus tracks.


Recording and production

The band signed a contract with Active Records after the deal with previous label Deaf Records was signed only for one album and relations between band and label [Deaf] weren't positive. Therion began to record a second full-length album in The Montezuma Studio in 1991. Before the recordings started bass guitar player Erik Gustafsson decided to leave the band in order to return home to the U.S., but Therion continued as a trio with Peter Hansson, Oskar Forss and Christofer Johnsson filling in on bass guitar. [1]

Music, legacy and lyrics

According to Christofer Johnsson, Beyond Sanctorum saw the band exploring "different elements", like Persian traditional music, and the inclusion of clean singing—female as well as male—to accompany increased keyboard experimentations. [2] notes allusions to Celtic Frost and Obituary and a technique similar to that of Godflesh in layering of melodies, an approach that would be material to future black metal and death metal bands. With Beyond Sanctorum, Therion also added vibrant yet unsentimental solos and creative bass harmony to the metal music lexicon. [3]

The lyrics of the album diverge into the occult [1] and introduce a Lovecraftian influence with the track "Cthulhu". [4]


After recording album, Therion started to play their first live shows in central Europe, mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium, although simultaneously band ran into a few personnel problems. Forss decided to leave the band, Hansson quit the band after health problems. The shows were played using a new lineup. Piotr Wawrzeniuk, from the band Carbonized in which Johnsson also played, took up drumming duties. The guitar was taken up by Magnus Barthelsson, an old school friend of Johnsson's, while Andreas Wahl took up the bass. [1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5] considers Beyond Sanctorum a classic of early 1990s Swedish death metal, dubbing it an "endlessly inventive" album that "stimulate[s] fantasy and thought". [3]

Track listing

1."Future Consciousness"5:00
2."Pandemonic Outbreak"4:21
4."Symphony of the Dead"6:49
5."Beyond Sanctorum"2:36
6."Enter the Depths of Eternal Darkness"4:46
7."Illusions of Life"3:20
8."The Way"11:06
10."Tyrants of the Damned"3:43
2000 re-release bonus tracks
11."Cthulhu" (demo)6:10
12."Future Consciousness" (demo)5:07
13."Symphony of the Dead" (demo)6:13
14."Beyond Sanctorum" (demo)2:29


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1992 Beyond Sanctorum main lineup
Guest musicians


  1. 1 2 3 "Biography". Official website. Archived from the original on 29 June 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  2. "Beyond Sanctorum". Official website. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  3. 1 2 "Therion – Beyond Sanctorum (Death Metal)". Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  4. Hill 2006, p. 74.
  5. Beyond Sanctorum – Therion | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic , retrieved 3 May 2021

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