Secret of the Runes (album)

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Secret of the Runes
Studio album by Therion
Released 8 October 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 57:18
Label Nuclear Blast
NB 625-2
Digipack: NB 683-2
Producer Therion, Christofer Johnsson
Therion chronology
The Early Chapters of Revelation
(2000)
Secret of the Runes
(2001)
Bells of Doom
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Secret of the Runes is the tenth full-length musical album by symphonic metal band Therion. Cover artwork was made by Thomas Ewerhard. A music video was filmed for the Summer Night City cover.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Christofer Johnsson.

  1. "Ginnungagap" - 6:10
  2. "Midgård" - 5:04
  3. "Asgård" - 4:07 About this sound sample 
  4. "Jotunheim" - 3:43
  5. "Schwarzalbenheim" - 5:18
  6. "Ljusalfheim" - 3:53
  7. "Muspelheim" - 2:13
  8. "Nifelheim" - 4:33
  9. "Vanaheim" - 4:02
  10. "Helheim" - 3:18
  11. "Secret of the Runes" - 4:30

Digipak edition[edit]

Digipak contains two bonus tracks:

  1. "Crying Days" (Scorpions cover) - 4:32
  2. "Summernight City" (ABBA cover) - 4:55

Limited edition[edit]

Limited edition also contains two bonus tracks:

  1. "The Wings of the Hydra (live)"
  2. "Black Sun (live)".

Runes[edit]

Runes shown on the front cover (and also in the booklet) are Nordic runes with the Elder Futhark alphabet. On the back cover every song has its own rune character:

  1. Runic letter uruz.svg "Ginnungagap (Prologue)"
  2. Runic letter jeran.svg "Midgård"
  3. Runic letter gebo.svg "Asgård"
  4. Runic letter naudiz.svg "Jotunheim"
  5. Runic letter iwaz.svg "Schwarzalbenheim"
  6. Runic letter dagaz.svg "Ljusalfheim"
  7. Runic letter sowilo variant.png "Muspelheim"
  8. Runic letter isaz.svg "Nifelheim"
  9. Runic letter ingwaz.svg "Vanaheim"
  10. Runic letter haglaz.svg "Helheim"
  11. Runic letter fehu.svg "Secret of the Runes (Epilogue)"

Secret of the Runes title is written in the Elder Futhark alphabet on the front cover as:

Runic letter sowilo variant.png Runic letter ehwaz.svg Runic letter kauna.svg Runic letter raido.svg Runic letter ehwaz.svg Runic letter tiwaz.svg · Runic letter othalan.png Runic letter fehu.svg · Runic letter thurisaz.svg Runic letter ehwaz.svg · Runic letter raido.svg Runic letter uruz.svg Runic letter naudiz.svg Runic letter ehwaz.svg Runic letter sowilo variant.png

and it is transliterated as: "sekret of þe runes".

Credits[edit]

Vocal and string soloists[edit]

  • Marika Schonberg - solo soprano
  • Erika Andersson - solo alto
  • Carl Rahmqvist - solo tenor-baritone
  • Anna Rodell - solo violin
  • Asa Akerberg - solo cello
  • Thomas Karlsson - whispering voice on "Ljusalfheim"

Choir[edit]

  • Kristina Hansson - coloratura soprano
  • Anna-Maria Krawe - soprano
  • Anna Artursson - alto
  • Marika Schonberg - alto
  • Henrik Holmberg - tenor
  • Patrik Forsman - tenor
  • Carl Rahmqvist - tenor-baritone
  • Joakim Berg - bass-baritone

String ensemble[edit]

  • Anna Rodell - first violin
  • Josef Cabrales-Alin - first violin
  • Malin Samuelsson - second violin
  • Johan Moren - second violin
  • Linda Svedrup - viola
  • Niklas Sjunesson - viola
  • Asa Akerberg - cello
  • Monica Jonsson - cello

Woodwinds (solo and ensemble)[edit]

Brass ensemble[edit]

Choir and orchestra on Bonus Tracks[edit]

  • Anna Rodell - first violin
  • Elisabeth Lagergren - second violin
  • Petter Axelsson - viola
  • Erik Rodell - oboe
  • Ingela Bolin - soprano (ensemble and solo), alto
  • Anna Artursson - soprano, alto
  • Henrik Holmberg - tenor, baritone
  • Pierre Pettersson - tenor (ensemble and solo), baritone

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Polish Albums Chart 38[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Neill, Brian (2001-11-13). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLIS. 2001-10-14. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 

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