Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas
1. Baal Reginon
2. Dark Princess Naamah
3. A Black Rose (Covered with Tears, Blood and Ice)
4. Symphoni Drakonis Inferni
5. Dawn of Perishness
6. The Eye of Eclipse
7. The Ritualdance of the Yezidis
9. Procreation of Eternity
10. Ho Drakon Ho Megas (Act 1: The Dragon Throne)
11. Ho Drakon Ho Megas (Act 2: Fire and Ecstasy)
Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas is the third studio album released in April 1993 by Swedish metal band Therion. The album was remastered and re-released by Nuclear Blast in 2000 as part of The Early Chapters of Revelation box-set.
Active Records, Therion’s music label, decided to scale down their operations and the band was switched to the new owners, Megarock Records. The band was recording the album from December 1992 to January 1993 in The Montezuma Studio in Stockholm, Sweden, with the aid of engineer Rex Gisslén. Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas was released under changed line-up; only Christofer Johnsson remained. During the Beyond Sanctorum tour, the band ran into a few personnel problems. Oskar Forss decided to leave the band, Peter Hansson quit the band after health problems. Piotr Wawrzeniuk, from the band Carbonized in which Johnsson also played, took up drumming duties. The guitar was taken up by Magnus Barthelsson, an old school friend of Johnsson’s, while Andreas Wahl took up the bass.
The album marks the band’s departure from typical death metal in favor of experimentation with traditional doom metal, goth rock, progressive rock, jazz, symphonic classical, Persian traditional music, Arabic music, and 1980s heavy metal inspired by Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The focus of lyrical themes changed from social and environmental issues and Lovecraftian fantasy to occult topics, including qliphoth, the mythological demon Lilith, and the Abyss (Thelema).
The Japanese version released by Toy’s Factory label includes three bonus tracks—”Enter the Voids” and 1991 demo versions of “Beyond Sanctorum” and “Symphony of the Dead”, both from Beyond Sanctorum. A 2006 Therion box-set Celebrators of Becoming includes the following songs from the album—”Baal Reginon” (recorded in Zug, Switzerland, 1994), “Dark Princess Naamah” (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995), “A Black Rose” (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995), “Dawn of Perishness” (Huddinge, Sweden, 1993 and Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995).
The song “A Black Rose” has been included in a Nuclear Blast DVD compilation Death… Is Just the Beginning Classics released on March 25, 2002.
Song lyrics has been published officially for four songs only—”Baal Reginon”, “Dark Princess Naamah”, “Powerdance” and “Procreation of Eternity”.