Whenever I see the word “Sirius” in a metal context I’m always reminded of the Therion album Sirius B. I don’t even particularly like that album that much but it was one of the first “extreme” metal albums I ever listened to and for some reason that name stuck with me, and you’d be surprised how often bands use the word Sirius for titles, or in this case, a band name. I suspect it’s because Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky and because names of celestial objects are so metal. Aside from my weird hang up on the word Sirius, Therion does provide an easy aside to the band Sirius as by this point of Therion’s career they were firmly in the symphonic metal category. Symphonic black metal is where we find Sirius. Not that Therion sounds anything like Sirius but hey, it’s my clumsy way of getting there instead of using the go to Emperor comparison that every single Symphonic Black Metal album has been compared to. “It sounds like Emperor.” There, are you happy? Yes, the band is definitely playing symphonic black metal but while the Norwegians may have started this genre, this Portuguese band has refined it and manipulated it into something else.

If anything Sirius is borrowing from Arcturus’ “carnival-like” avant-garde eccentricities, and bashing them with a creative, adventurous sound, instrumentally and atmospherically. Think the over the top bombastic symphonic quality of Bal-Sagoth but without the epic lore. It’s almost gleefully overly symphonic and there’s rarely a moment where the orchestration isn’t there. At times it overpowers the metal instruments. It’s all so ridiculously awesome.

While this band, shamefully, seems to be a footnote, former members have gone on to high profile positions in bands like Enslaved and Anathema but this will be their crowning moment.