Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Therion - Lepaca Kliffoth (1995)


Therion - Lepaca Kliffoth (1995)


Tracklist front / back album covers


"The Wings of the Hydra" – 3:33

"Melez" (Lyrics - Christofer Johnsson, Thomas Karlsson) – 4:07

"Arrival of the Darkest Queen" – 0:54

"The Beauty in Black" (Lyrics - Thomas Karlsson) – 3:12

"Riders of Theli" (Music - Fredrik Isaksson) – 2:51

"Black" (Music - Christofer Johnsson, Piotr Wawrzeniuk) – 5:02

"Darkness Eve" – 5:19

"Sorrows of the Moon" (Lyrics and Music - Martin Eric Ain) (Celtic Frost cover) – 3:26

"Let the New Day Begin" (Music - Christofer Johnsson, Piotr Wawrzeniuk) – 3:35

"Lepaca Kliffoth" (Lyrics - Thomas Karlsson) – 4:26

"Evocation of Vovin" – 4:52


Japanese edition

Japanese edition contains also bonus track "The Veil of Golden Spheres".


Digipack re-release

Re-release in digipack format contains two bonus tracks: "Enter the Voids" (from Lepaca Kliffoth LP) and "The Veil of Golden Spheres". First release of digipack from November 15, 1996 has a black tray and missing #8 track "Sorrows of the Moon" on the back cover. Second release (ca. 1999) has a clear tray, fixed track listing and additional pictures on the inside cover.



Therion Band Members / Musicians

Christofer Johnsson - guitar, vocals and keyboards

Piotr Wawrzeniuk - drums

Fredrik Isaksson - bass guitar

Harris Johns - engineering, mixing (except "Darkness Eve")


Hans Groning - bass-baritone vocals ("The Beauty in Black", "Evocation of Vovin")

Claudia Maria Mokri - soprano vocals ("The Beauty in Black", "Evocation of Vovin", "Black")

Harris Johns - lead guitar (first part of solo in "The Beauty in Black")

"Jan" - additional vocals (chorus parts of "Wings of the Hydra", "Sorrows of the Moon")



Cover

Qliphoth

Further information: Qliphoth and Dragon Rouge


Lepaca Kliffoth inlay

Album's inlay contains eleven pointed star, hendecagram, which is the symbol strictly related with the band. Every triangle and space between include Qliphoth's name (see image on the right). The list contains following names:


Lilith

Naamah

Thaumiel

Satan

Moloch

Ghagiel

Beelzebub

Satariel

Lucifuge

Gha'agsheblah

Golachab

Asmodeus

Thagirion

Belfegor

A'arab Zaraq

Baal

Samael

Adramelek

Gamariel

Astaroth

Names mentioned in triangles came from the Dragon Rouge's Draconian initiation.


Credits

Album cover and design made by Holmen & Ungman Productions

Original painting by Kristian Wåhlin

Tom Eriksen is an album's art director. He is also responsible for cover's computer treatments



Lepaca Kliffoth is the 4th full-length studio release by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. The title refers to the Qliphoth. Stylistically, it retains the aggressive riffing and harsh growls of the band's previous death metal output, while also incorporating more elements of traditional heavy metal and more pronounced gothic and symphonic elements, often leading to this album being viewed as a transitional album in Therion's discography.

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