Let’s invoke Protocol Fifteen, part 1.

Yeah, this might just become a series, as three things coincided today:
1) I like the number fifteen.
2) Today I stumbled upon Therion’s “Theli”.
3) It was released fifteen years ago.

Never to be someone to not grasp a chance by its horns, I will now tell you about how much Therion influenced me musically and personally.

Not at all.

Okay, yeah, I will have to expand on this one, won’t I?

In the late 90s, I was heavily into all forms of Metal. Symphonic, Death, Speed, Thrash… Name it, I liked it. Listened to it. But it seems that I utterly missed Therion. When I went out to parties, nobody played them. When I went to buy new CDs, their tray was empty. When I watched music TV, I missed the days when their videos were aired. And so on and so forth. I first learned of them about… Two years ago, I think. Or rather: I first LISTENED to them two years ago. I KNEW about them all the time. Read about them, saw them going on tour and saw other bands talk about them. But for some weird reason, they always stayed under my radar. But Nightwish and Within Temptation didn’t. Which is weird as fuck, as both bands probably wouldn’t exist without all the groundwork done by Therion.

Just look at the dates: Therion culminated their symphonic style in 1996. They started working on it years before, in their earlier albums. And they found their apex in 1996.
1997 saw the first releases of Nightwish and Within Tempation. Two bands who would go on to eclipse Therion in almost any measurable way.

And as I’m always someone that wants to make people aware of the roots of things they enjoy… I simply had to feat myself on Therion.
And I enjoyed it. So, two years ago I first listened to Theli. Today, I listened to it by chance. Fifteen years after it was released.

So, for some of you… You will listen to them for the first time. See what symphonic metal was like when it all started, before it was “the thing to do/be”. For the rest: Have fun thinking about how you first got to know Therion. What you connect with them, their music and their shows.

Both groups: Enjoy.

(I even found the offical video. Back when that shit was common even for smaller Metal bands. … FUCK DO I MISS THE 90s!)

[expand title=”Lyrics”]Powers of Thagirion
Watch the Great Beast to be
For To Mega Therion
The Draconian melody
The Dragon open the eye
And reveal both truth and lie
Spiritual supremacy

Ride the Beast of ecstasy
Spiritual supremacy
Ride the Beast of ecstasy

Ialbaophs creative spark
Manifests the utmost dark
Ialbaophs creative spark

Meaning of the letter Theth
Hide the force of Baphomet
Meaning of the letter Theth

The wound of Baal will be healed
When sign of time is unsealed
The wound of Baal will be healed

The world will burn by Soraths flame
And through the solar sign proclaim

Ascending fiend of the sea
Will fulfill prophecy
Man will feel the wrath of Beast
When fenris wolf is released
The Dragon open the eye
Reveal both truth and lie
Spiritual supremacy

The end of revelation
A soulful violation
The end of revelation

Bear the mark of victory
And the spear of destiny
Bear the mark of victory

Powers of Thagirion
For To Mega Therion
Powers of Thagirion

Watch the Great Beast to be
The Draconian melody
Watch the Great Beast to be

The world will burn by Soraths flame
And through the solar sign proclaim

Powers of Thagirion
Is the Great Beast to be
The To Mega Therion

Powers of Thagirion
For To Mega Therion
Powers of Thagirion

Watch the Great Beast to be
The Draconian melody
Watch the Great Beast to be

Meaning of the letter Theth
Hide the force of Baphomet
Meaning of the letter Theth

The wound of Baal will be healed
When sign of time is unsealed
The wound of Baal will be healed

The world will burn by Soraths flame
And through the solar sign proclaim[/expand]

Therion – To Mega Therion [Theli] | 1996 | Symphonic Metal

The dark beauty and sheer power of this song still strike my chords just the right way.
Man. It’s good. Really, really good.