Of Darkness...

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Of Darkness...
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1991
RecordedAugust–September 1990
Sunlight Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Death metal
Length39:25
Label Deaf
DEAF 6 CD
Nuclear Blast (reedition)
NB 0580
Producer Tomas Skogsberg, Therion
Therion chronology
Time Shall Tell (demo)
(1990)
Of Darkness...
(1991)
Beyond Sanctorum
(1992)
Alternative cover
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Of Darkness... is a debut studio album released in February 1991 by the Swedish band Therion and it contains songs written in the early years of the band, during the 1980s. The album is indicated by the band itself as an end of its first era. [1]

Contents

The album was re-released on 27 November 2000 under Nuclear Blast label as a part of The Early Chapters of Revelation box-set. It contains remastered songs, as well as four bonus tracks.

Recording and production

After releasing the third demo record Time Shall Tell EP in 1990, Therion got attention from the British label Deaf Records, a subsidiary of Peaceville Records, and signed the band's first contract. [1] Of Darkness... was recorded in Swedish studio Sunlight in Stockholm from August to September 1990 and released in February 1991. The initial line-up has not been changed since its last production. The album was produced by Tomas Skogsberg and the band itself.

The title track and the song "Dark Eternity" were not used from the recording session, but were instead taken from the 1990 EP recordings.

Songs, lyrical themes and influences

Of Darkness... consists of songs Christofer Johnsson had written in the years of 1987–1989, many of which were available on the band's demo recordings. [2] Musically, "Of Darkness..." could be described as a typical death metal release, though elements of thrash metal are apparent as well.

Unlike later albums, lyrically, many tracks on the album focus on political and social issues. [1]

2000 re-release album contains original remastered songs, and four bonus tracks songs. Two of them are the 1990 versions from the "Time Shall Tell" EP. The other two are the unreleased versions from the "Of Darkness..." recording sessions.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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The album reviews were mixed. Of Darkness... received a medium rating 2.5 of 5 at Allmusic with "Morbid Reality" and "Megalomania" songs picked by its staff, [3] and 3.02 of 5 at the Rate Your Music community being only number 925 in its 1991 ranking. [4]

Track listing

All tracks were written and composed by Christofer Johnsson.

No.TitleLength
1."The Return"5:15
2."Asphyxiate with Fear"4:00
3."Morbid Reality"6:05
4."Megalomania"4:10
5."A Suburb to Hell"4:47
6."Genocidal Raids"5:15
7."Time Shall Tell"5:07
8."Dark Eternity"4:45
2000 re-release bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
9."A Suburb to Hell" (demo version)5:19
10."Asphyxiate with Fear" (demo version)4:41
11."Time Shall Tell" (unreleased version)4:06
12."Dark Eternity" (unreleased version)4:19

Personnel

Therion
Production

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See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 "Biography". Official website. Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  2. Johnsson, Christofer. "Of Darkness..." Therion.
  3. 1 2 "Of Darkness". Allmusic . Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  4. "Of Darkness..." Rate Your Music . Retrieved 2008-02-05.
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