Beyond Sanctorum - CD
|Release Date||Apr 29, 2022|
|Edition||Re-Release, Re-Issue, Remastered|
The symphonic metal masters THERION around mastermind Christofer Johnsson belong to the spearheads of orchestral metal since their 1996 album "Theli".
In the early history of the band, however, they were more on dark death metal paths. The three albums: "Beyond Sanctorum" (1992), Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas" (1993) and "Lepaca Kliffoth" (1995) are released as remastered CD reissues via Hammerheart.
One of Swedish Death Metal most sought after albums, and rightfully so!
Therion’s relatively unknown beginnings as a “standard” Death Metal band seem to be misunderstood by many Metal listeners. Although the general consensus seems to be that “Beyond Sanctorum” is just “straight up Death Metal” while their later releases are neoclassical style, upon closer inspection, the opposite seems to be true. Although “Beyond Sanctorum” uses mainly instruments and performance aspects of standard Death Metal, the songs are alreafy composed in a style more similar to actual classical music.
“Future Consciousness” starts the album off with a churning Morbid Angel style intro alternating with dark tremolo melodies and some heavy groove. Other bright spots include “Cthulhu”, featuring deep, cavernous doom sections evoking the famous sunken city, alternating with frantic fast passages. “Enter the Depths of Eternal Darkness” goes from a sludgy opening section to fiery death metal, with some eerie lead guitar moments and is also quite satisfying. “Symphony of rhe Dead” has an early The Gathering feel, that bursts into Death Metal later on.
The highlight of this album is definitely “The Way”. This is where the bands developing symphonic style is most obvious, so “Theli” fans should definitely hear this song first. We cannot recommend it enough - “The Way” is not only the best song on the album, but one of the best examples of adventurous, progressive
(yet uncompromising) Death Metal one is ever likely to hear.
This album released around the time when Death Metal was abandoning its primitive roots and going off into more complex territory. For anyone willing to take the time to really listen to music beneath surface level aesthetics, this is actually a surprisingly complex and rewarding listen. This album is light years
ahead of their debut
1. Future Consciousness
2. Pandemonic outbreak
4. Symphony of the Dead
5. Beyond Sanctorum
6. Enter the Depths of Eternal Darkness
7. Illusions of life
8. The Way
10. Tyrants of the Damned (CD Bonustrack)