Stream from the Heavens
Studio album by Thergothon
Released 1994
Recorded October to November 1992
Genre Funeral Doom Metal
Length 40:48
Label Avantgarde Music
Producer Thergothon
Thergothon chronology
Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth
Stream from the Heavens

Stream from the Heavens is the only studio album by Finnish funeral doom/death metal band Thergothon released in 1994 by the Italian record label Avantgarde Music.

Musical style Edit

Stream from the Heavens is considered the first funeral doom metal album in history, as well as one of the greatest milestones of the genre. The album proposed sounds that had never been heard before and were completely unclassifiable which, combined with an extremely lo-fi production, led to the failure of the album, which in fact had almost no market. The band broke up before its release. Over time it has become one of the top cult albums of underground music.

With bands like Winter or Paradise Lost, doom metal was influenced by death metal, evolving towards extreme shores. The first Thergothon demo, Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth, though already peculiar, can be included in a form of death-doom and already contains the general ideas that will form Stream from the Heavens. However in the album the music completely changes style: the songs expand to reach times of a slowness previously unimaginable, the sound is absolutely personal and very atmospheric, the classic growl turns into an almost unintelligible, cold and distant grunt.

The texts, influenced by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, evoke images that are vague and elusive: uninhabited worlds, solitary towers, guardians who watch over something unknown, mystical visions. There are no references to concrete facts or to personal emotions, nevertheless the melodies and atmospheres are often melancholy and nostalgic, as well as dark and anguished.

The music contained in Stream from the Heavens inspired numerous bands, especially Skepticism and Funeral, who will develop their ideas by canonizing the funeral doom genre.

Track listing Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Everlasting"   6:07
2. "Yet the Watchers Guard"   8:56
3. "The Unknown Kadath in the Cold Waste"   3:49
4. "Elemental"   9:18
5. "Who Rides the Astral Wings"   7:56
6. "Crying Blood + Crimson Snow"   4:42
Total length:

Personel Edit

  • Niko "Skorpio" Sirkiä – vocals, keyboards
  • Mikko Ruotsalainen – guitar
  • Jori Sjöroos – drums, vocals

Production Edit

  • Produced by Thergothon
  • Recorded, engineered, mixed & mastered by Markus Patrikainen
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