Leviathan (Therion album)

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Leviathan
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Studio album by
Released22 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
Genre Symphonic metal [1] [2] [3]
Length45:32
Label Nuclear Blast
Therion chronology
Beloved Antichrist
(2018)
Leviathan
(2021)
Leviathan II
(2022)

Leviathan is the seventeenth full-length album by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. It was released on 22 January 2021 by Nuclear Blast Records. [4] It is the first part in the planned Leviathan trilogy, its sequels Leviathan II and Leviathan III are scheduled for 2022 and 2023 respectively.

Contents

Two music videos were released for the album: Die Wellen der Zeit and Tuonela; also a lyric video was released for the song Leviathan. A few months after the release of the album, a third music video was made for Eye of Algol.

Vocalist Thomas Vikström confirmed that the band indeed aimed to make a more "normal" album again. [5]

Lyrical themes

As with most Therion albums, all songs are based on various mythology. All lyrics are written by Per Albinsson except "Psalm of Retribution", which was written by Christofer Johnsson.

Reception

Critical reception of Leviathan was mostly positive; many critics compared the album to Therion's albums of 2000s and considered it a band's "return" after two softer and more complex concept albums. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Track listing

No.TitleMusicLength
1."The Leaf on the Oak of Far"Christofer Johnsson, Thomas Vikström3:38
2."Tuonela"Christofer Johnsson4:37
3."Leviathan"Christofer Johnsson4:01
4."Die Wellen der Zeit"Nalle Påhlsson3:46
5."Aži Dahāka"Christofer Johnsson3:06
6."Eye of Algol"Christofer Johnsson, Thomas Vikström4:03
7."Nocturnal Light"Thomas Vikström5:37
8."Great Marquis of Hell"Christofer Johnsson, Thomas Vikström2:36
9."Psalm of Retribution"Christofer Johnsson, Thomas Vikström5:02
10."El Primer Sol"Christofer Johnsson, Thomas Vikström3:37
11."Ten Courts of Diyu"Thomas Vikström5:29

Personnel

Guest vocalists

Guest instrumentalists

Charts

Chart performance for Leviathan
Chart (2021)Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [12] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [13] 173
French Albums (SNEP) [14] 162
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [15] 11
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) [16] 15
Polish Albums (ZPAV) [17] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [18] 12

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