Lemuria (album)

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Lemuria
Therion - Lemuria.jpg
Studio album by Therion
Released 24 May 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 42:14
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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. This album also features the return of Johnsson's death growl in several of its tracks, marking the band's first use of this vocal style in nearly a decade.

Track listing[edit]

  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 About this sound 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[edit]

  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[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Interviews - Christofer Johnsson". Global Domination.se. January 21, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Therion - Lemuria - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 

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