Therion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. The word 'therion' comes from the Greek therion (θηρίον), meaning 'Beast,' i.e., that of the Christian Book of Revelation. However, the band's name is a homage to the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion. Beginning as a death metal band, they later turned to combining orchestral elements with their metal music, employing heavy use of choirs and classical musicians, not only as additions to but also as integral parts of the composition. Therion is the first metal band with fully live orchestra featured. It is also the band which originated, popularised and influenced the symphonic metal genre, cited as 'the most adventurous metal band at present'. Because of these extents they take in conducting their music, they have been dubbed as 'Opera Metal'.
Ufo Breakfast (1995). Foreign Spaces is Georg Reiter and Christian Feher. Recording in Germany, this duo produce an energetic electronic sound. No drifting ambience here, these tunes rock with pounding E-perc and urgent keyboard riffs. The music on this 42 minute CD from 1995 is broken into nine short pieces, each tune a tight space jaunt bringing the listener closer and closer to Earth. Although the song titles mostly deal with UFO visitations, the music drives the listener far beyond our atmosphere into unknown regions of space. Nimble-fingered keyboards deliver complex patterns and chords with high-energy content…
Warriors!!! Hear the sound of the battle cry! With their new album »Dawn Of The Nine« legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED have forged a modern Death Metal weapon from the blood and spirit of their viking ancestors.For more than 26 years the warriors of UNLEASHED have been the ultimate embodiment of Death Metal and are seen as founding fathers of the Viking-Death-Metal movement as well. Without ever having compromised in the slightest they managed to unite the spirit of the viking tradition with the grandeur of purest Death Metal.
Associated with Hawkwind from their inception, Robert Calvert made a significant contribution to the band, particularly on their 1973 live album "Space Ritual”, before leaving Hawkwind to write and record his classic debut solo album "Captain Lockheed & the Starfighters” in 1974. Buoyed by the critical success of the album he wrote his next solo work, "LUCKY LEIF & THE LONGSHIPS”. Calvert engaged BRIAN ENO to produce the album in 1975, calling on Hawkwind members SIMON HOUSE (violin), NIK TURNER (saxophone) and PAUL RUDOLPH (bass, rhythm & lead guitars) to assist with the making of the record. This Atomhenge reissue has been remastered from the original master tapes includes two rare bonus tracks (recorded in June 1974) and restores the original album artwork.