Lemuria (album)

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Lemuria
Therion - Lemuria.jpg
Studio album by
Released24 May 2004
Recorded2003
Genre Symphonic metal
Length42:14
Language English & German
Label Nuclear Blast
NB 1253-2
Digipack: NB 1295-0
Producer Lars Nissen, Therion
Therion chronology
Live in Midgård
(2002)
Lemuria
(2004)
Sirius B
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Lemuria is the eleventh full-length musical album by symphonic metal band Therion. The album title refers to the name of a supposed sunken continent Lemuria, much like Atlantis. It was released simultaneously with Sirius B . [2] Cover artwork was made by Thomas Ewerhard.

Symphonic metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music that combines the heavy drums and guitars of metal with different elements of orchestral classical music, such as symphonic instruments, choirs and sometimes a full orchestra. Keyboards reminiscent of power metal are also sometimes featured.

Therion (band) Swedish symphonic metal band

Therion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Its name was inspired by the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion. "To Mega Therion" is Greek for "The Great Beast" and was a title used by occultist Aleister Crowley. Originally a death metal band, Therion adjusted its musical style by adding orchestral elements, including choirs, classical musicians, and even a full orchestra at their concert performances. As a result, they are considered pioneers of the symphonic metal genre.

Lemuria or Limuria is a hypothetical lost land located in either the Indian or the Pacific Ocean, as postulated by a now-discredited 19th-century scientific theory. The idea was then adopted by the occultists of the time and consequently has been incorporated into pop culture. Some Tamil writers have associated it with Kumari Kandam, a mythical lost continent with an ancient Tamil civilization located south of present-day India in the Indian Ocean.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Typhon" – 4:36
  2. "Uthark Runa" – 4:41
  3. "Three Ships of Berik, Part 1: Calling to Arms and Fighting the Battle" – 3:19
  4. "Three Ships of Berik, Part 2: Victory!" – 0:44
  5. "Lemuria" – 4:15 Loudspeaker.svg sample  
  6. "Quetzalcoatl" – 3:47
  7. "The Dreams of Swedenborg" – 4:58
  8. "An Arrow from the Sun" – 5:54
  9. "Abraxas" – 5:21
  10. "Feuer Overtüre/Prometheus Entfesselt" – 4:39

Concept of lyrics

  1. Typhon was a monster in Greek mythology. According to Aeschylus, he fought all the gods of Olympus: Zeus defeated him and chained him under Mount Etna, from where his rage creates eruptions.
  2. Futhark was a runic alphabet used by various Germanic peoples; Uthark is an occult interpretation of said alphabet.
  3. Berik is the mythological chief of all Gothic tribes: according to Jordanes, he departed from his Scandinavian motherland with three ships. The crews of the ships were the ancestors of the three Goth tribes.
  4. Lemuria was a hypothetical "lost land", like Atlantis.
  5. Quetzalcoatl is an Aztec deity.
  6. Abaris was a legendary sage and priest of Apollo.
  7. Emanuel Swedenborg was an 18th-century occultist.
  8. Abraxas is a Gnostic word of great importance.

Credits

Christofer Johnsson Swedish musician

Christofer Johnsson is a Swedish composer. He is a founding member and the guitar player for Therion and used to be in Carbonized, Liers in Wait, Messiah, and Demonoid. He was previously a member of the order Dragon Rouge for over 25 years. On 21 March 2006, he announced he will no longer sing for Therion, though he will continue playing guitar for the group.

Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

In music performances, rhythm guitar is a technique and role that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section ; and to provide all or part of the harmony, i.e. the chords from a song's chord progression, where a chord is a group of notes played together. Therefore, the basic technique of rhythm guitar is to hold down a series of chords with the fretting hand while strumming or fingerpicking rhythmically with the other hand. More developed rhythm techniques include arpeggios, damping, riffs, chord solos, and complex strums.

Keyboard instrument class of musical instrument which is played using a musical keyboard

A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, a row of levers which are pressed by the fingers. The most common of these are the piano, organ, and various electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos. Other keyboard instruments include celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons, which are usually housed in bell towers or belfries of churches or municipal buildings.

Guest musicians

Mellotron musical instrument

The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonic tape replay keyboard originally developed and built in Birmingham, England, in 1963. It evolved from a similar instrument, the Chamberlin, but could be mass-produced more effectively. The instrument is played by pressing its keys, each of which presses a length of magnetic tape against a capstan, drawing it across a playback head. Then as the key is released, the tape is retracted by a spring to its initial position. Different portions of the tape can be played to access different sounds.

Hammond organ electric organ

The Hammond organ is an electric organ, invented by Laurens Hammond and John M. Hanert and first manufactured in 1935. Various models have been produced, most of which use sliding drawbars to specify a variety of sounds. Until 1975, Hammond organs generated sound by creating an electric current from rotating a metal tonewheel near an electromagnetic pickup, and then strengthening the signal with an amplifier so it can drive a speaker cabinet. The organ is commonly used with, and associated with, the Leslie speaker.

Balalaika Russian stringed musical instrument

The balalaika is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body, fretted neck and three strings. Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher. The higher-pitched balalaikas are used to play melodies and chords.The instrument generally has a short sustain, necessitating rapid strumming or plucking when it is used to play melodies. Balalaikas are often used for Russian folk music and dancing.

Charts

Chart (2001)Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart 76 [3]

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References

  1. Allmusic review
  2. "Interviews - Christofer Johnsson". Global Domination.se. January 21, 2005. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014.
  3. "Therion - Lemuria - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
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