Therion

Live in Midgard

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Live in Midgard is a two-CD set that generously documents Therion's 2001 tours of South America and Europe (and features performances from both small clubs and large halls). The Swedish quartet is augmented on-stage by a six-piece choir and what sounds like a real string section (but is not credited as such in the liner notes). Therion's orchestral metal suites sometimes sound like the offspring of, say, Morbid Angel and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra -- and the results are occasionally incongruous and somewhat jarring -- but the band's marriage of symphonic music and heavy metal is a happy one for the most part. It doesn't hurt that the execution is pretty much spot-on throughout. Includes a cover of Accept's obscure "Seawinds."

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