Blood of the Dragon, Therion‘s limited edition collection of covers that just released this March 2018. This is an eclectic piece of work not seen to date in the illustrious career of the metallers from Sweden. And – maybe – their next will even be better, right?
In cooperation with Stygian Crypt Productions and Possession Productions, the band compiled a savvy selection of covers on two CDs. The first one in tribute to Therion by a number of bands. And the second disk with covers recorded by Therion along all these years the band has been active. That’s quite a project, ain’t it?
As the Therion covers go, I took an insane liking to the super-dense, full-throated, and meaty interpretation of Asgard (Secret of the Runes – 2001) of Antyra. You know, the German metal storytellers from Leipzig.
And indeed, the track puts the multifaceted talents of this particular band on full display. Then again, An Arrow from the Sun by Ghost Warfare got on my hit list pretty quickly too. That said, none of the Therion covers are bad, mind you. But it would go too far to list them all here.
Therion themselves have – of course – a sweet spot for covers of all kinds, we know that. And this makes this assemblage of tracks a difficult one to establish, there is a lot of outstanding material.
As the tracklist goes, Iron Maiden‘s Revelations or, again, Iron Fist of Motörhead really got on my shortlist. As to the maiden, I wonder why Children of the Damned (A’arab Zaraq – Lucid Dreaming – 1997) did not make it.
But hey, who am I?
Now, the RMR crew usually is not very fond of covers that bands produce instead of their own creations. And I won’t hide from you that – at first – the record almost got confined to the dungeons.
But Blood of the Dragon is one of the best collections we came across so far. An almanac of sorts, to celebrate a long and outstanding career of one of the pioneers of the metal genre. You should probably get a copy, too, as long as they last.
And here’s a taste. Hail to Therion, this is one cool record. Enjoy!