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Formed: 1987
From: Stockholm, Sweden
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Therion Mainman Talks About North American Tour

Swedish metallers Therion have checked in with yet another tour update from mainman Christofer Johnsson:

"Philadelphia show is now cancelled. There was this known issue with the promoter announcing the wrong date. It was too late to correct the date to the same venue, but we tried to book it into some other place instead. This didn't work, so today we received the final decision that Philadelphia is off the schedule. NYC and Springfield is in the near, so it shouldn't be a big deal for you guys in this area to catch up with any (or why not both?) shows over there.

The Detroit show was never any regular Therion show. Instead of having a day off we would be playing before TYPE O NEGATIVE, before their opening acts, and play some 30 min set or what ever. Due to what ever reasons, this won't be happening now and we'll have a day off and drive to the Niagara Falls instead.

The tour we did in 2005 was not very successful due to us being overbooked with shows in areas where we don't do too well (which I pointed out before the tour, but I was talked into doing it) plus the fact that our tour bus broke down and we lost a bunch of shows.
This time we tried a new concept (with a more professional american booking agent) and do only shows in areas where we do OK or good. We've had fun shows so far, but economically it isn't working this way either, the initial costs (work permit, visa, flights etc) are spread over too few shows and the budget was on the limit already when being planned. As unexpected costs always tend to pop out, the tour will now have a bit of minus and thus also this concept turned out to be not working. This means that unless the tooth fairy decides to sponsor us or some festival decides to pay us sick amounts of money to bring us over and carry the massive costs, this will likely be your last opportunity to see the band perform in USA/Canada. This decision is also pushed by the fact that we are becoming more and more of a show band and we don't play many venues over here in a size where the European production would fit. Starting from the next World Tour 2010, we want to standardize things and have an identical stage set up no matter where we play in the world."

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Therion Bassist Arrives In The States

Swedish metallers Therion have checked in with the following update from mainman Christofer Johnsson regarding the stolen passport situation of bassist Snowy Shaw:

"Snowy got his passport stolen in San Franciso (as some of you already know). He traveled to Japan with a temporary pass and managed to get a new Visa for Japan. While there he has now managed to sort out a new American Visa and has arrived safely to Denver airport and will be making it to the show in Engelwood in good time

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Therion Mainman Issues Update

THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has vowed to carry on with the group's North American tour even if vocalist singer Snowy Shaw (who shares the vocal duties with Thomas Vikström and two female singers) is forced to sit out a few dates due to his passport being stolen in San Francisco.

In a statement earlier today, Johnsson said, "Just want to correct was was just posted by Snowy. There is no risk at all that we will be canceling shows. He may lose a few shows, but we will carry on those without him with Thomas doing his vocal parts. Promoters and fans that travel far can be sure the shows will take place and the only reliable source for possible cancellations of shows is the official THERION web page."

For a list of upcoming THERION tour dates, click here.

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Therion Announce Deluxe Vinyl Releases

Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records have announced the release of THERION's 2004 album Lemuria/Sirius B album in a Deluxe Edition: Triple-Gatefold cover, two splatter vinyls (yellow and blue) and two booklets of 16 pages each. The release is limited to 500 copies.

The tracklisting is as follows:

Sirius B (yellow splatter vinyl):

Side A:
'The Blood Of Kingu',
'Son Of The Sun',
'The Khlysti Evangelist',
'Dark Venus Persephone',
'Kali Yuga, Part 1',
'Kali Yuga, Part 2'.

Side B:
'The Wondrous World Of Punt',
'Melek Taus',
'Call Of Dagon',
'Sirius B',
'Voyage Of Gurdjieff (The Fourth Way)'. More...

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Therion's North American Dates In Jeopardy

THERION singer Snowy Shaw — who shares the vocal duties with Thomas Vikström (CANDLEMASS) and two female singers — has issued the following statement:

"As soon as THERION left the South American leg of the world tour and arrived at the hotel in the ghetto-like area Tenderloin, San Francisco, we all went to Taco Bell at the corner of the block where, after a big fat meal, I was stupid enough to forget my shoulder bag. In my bag was my passport including Japan visa, U.S. visa etc., 800 euros, Mac laptop, cell phone, iPod and in-ear monitor system besides all other stuff. I returned to the resturant 10-15 minutes later, but the staff hadn't seen anything. I talked to the big black security guy by the door who told me he saw two ugly mutherfuckers take off on a bicycle right after our posse left, and suggested I go down the street looking for them. which I did and discovered two guys in the dark by a garbage bin going over my bag… Seconds later, I ended up fighting the guys and while I wrestled one of them the other took off with my stuff. I then made a police report with minimal chances of recovering my belongings, and this of course caused a fucking disaster since I had my Japanese visa and U.S. visa in my passport. Now the whole remaining part of the tour is in jeopardy." More...

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Opeth Pay Tribute To Metal Legends

Swedish metallers OPETH have issued the following update:

"A memorable evening for any OPETH fan took place on September 8th and 9th at the notorious Anchor Bar in central Stockholm, Sweden. Martin Mendez (bass), Axe [Martin Axenrot; drums] and Fredrik Åkesson [guitar] played a full-on heavy metal cover set fronted by Mats Levén [KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION]." The group's setlist was as follows (in no particular order):

01. Fast As A Shark (ACCEPT)
02. Disturbing The Priest (BLACK SABBATH)
03. Mob Rules (BLACK SABBATH)
04. Hole In The Sky (BLACK SABBATH)
05. Welcome Home (KING DIAMOND)
06. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (METALLICA)
07. Painkiller (JUDAS PRIEST)
08. Victim Of Changes (JUDAS PRIEST)

OPETH's "The Roundhouse Tapes" will be released as a high-definition-filmed DVD in early 2008. This will also feature lots of fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos, along with exclusive menu music written by mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt and keyboardist Per Wiberg.

The cover artwork for OPETH's upcoming "The Roundhouse Tapes" double CD has been posted at this location. Due on October 22 via Peaceville, "'The Roundhouse Tapes' contains a captivating OPETH performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career," according to a press release. "You know what to expect from OPETH: unrivalled composition; seamless progressive dynamics and boundless atmosphere from the mellow to the incredibly heavy, all sealed with the unmistakable vocal presence of mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt."

Commented Åkerfeldt: "The Roundhouse concert will always be a very memorable gig for us for many reasons, but most importantly it caught the band at the peak of the 'Ghost Reveries' tour. I must say we're quite tight after 18 odd months on the road supporting the record. I'm extremely pleased we got it documented and I hope it will please our beloved fans as well. As an extra bonus we've decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records. Here's a toast to Hammy and Lisa for helping us back in the day as well as to the new team for preserving this pleasurable memory for today's music lovers as well as for generations to come."

"The Roundhouse Tapes" tracklisting:

CD1:

01. When
02. Ghost Of Perdition
03. Under The Weeping Moon
04. Bleak
05. Face Of Melinda
06. The Night And The Silent Water

CD2:

01. Windowpane
02. Blackwater Park
03. Demon of the Fall

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Demonoid Working On New Material

DEMONOID, the Swedish old-school death/thrash metal project featuring THERION members Kristian Niemann (guitar) and Johan Niemann (bass) along with former SOILWORK/CHIMAIRA drummer Richard Evensand, is working on material for its second full-length CD, tentatively due next year. "The writing for the new album is going quite well....it will crush," says Kristian. "Of course. Imagine a 100-ton block of concrete falling on your nutsack (or head, if you're a girl)....that's how much it will crush!!!!! Now if you don't have: a) a nutsack, nor b) a head, well then.....you just have to take my word for it!"

In other news, DEMONOID has secured the services of a new vocalist following the departure of THERION's Christofer Johnsson, who sang on the group's debut, 2004's "Riders of the Apocalypse". Although the band has yet to reveal the new frontman's identity, "I think you will all agree it's a pretty good choice," says Kristian. "We're very fortunate to have him. In fact, I wet myself every night just thinking about it. The man, the myth, the legend..."

According to the band's official bio, "the musical concept of DEMONOID is not symphonic metal like THERION; in fact, the band strived to go back in time and create a fresh and challenging combination of basically old school death and violent thrash metal elements, also mingled with a touch of modern black metal. Both Kristian and Johan have gotten into the more brutal forms of metal quite lately and some of their references are CRADLE OF FILTH and DIMMU BORGIR, while Christofer, having been the growler of THERION in earlier days, has extended knowledge of the thrash and death scene from late '80s and early '90s. Thus bands like SLAYER and BATHORY as well as all the old-school death metal bands from those the early times rank among his main references. Those facts create a very interesting combination, featuring Kristian's more than awesomely awesome guitar work, Christofer's by far best vocal performances up to now, Richard's insanely powerful and technical kick-ass drumming and Johan's crushing, inventive, heavy-as-a-brick-on-your-scrotum bass lines."

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Therion Announce Tour and New Album

Therion have announced the following North American tour dates in support of their recently released new album, "Gothic Kabbalah", which features their new vocalist, Thomas Vikström, replacement for Mats Levén who left the band prior to Therion's Wacken Open Air performance. Songs from "Gothic Kabbalah" can be heard on Therion's myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/therion . All confirmed North American tour dates are as follows:

Fri, Oct. 5 Mexico City, Mexico- Teatro Metropolitan
Sat, Oct. 6 Aguascalientes, Mexico, - Salon del Alba
Sun, Oct. 7 Guadalajara, Mexico- Teatro Estudio Cavaret
Mon, Oct. 15 San Francisco, CA- Slims
Tue, Oct. 16 Santa Ana, CA- Galaxy Theater
Wed, Oct. 17 Los Angeles, CA- Key Club
Tue, Oct. 23 Denver, CO- Cervantes
Thu, Oct. 25 Minneapolis, MN- Station 4
Fri, Oct. 26 Mokena, IL- The Pearl Room
Tue, Oct. 30 Quebec City, QC- Theatre Imperial
Wed, Oct. 31 Montreal, QC- Le Medley
Thu, Nov. 1 New York, NY- Highline Sat
Fri, Nov. 2 Springfield, VA- Jaxx
Sat, Nov. 3 Philadelphia, PA- Theathre of Living Arts
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Therion Change Dublin Venue

Swedish symphonic metallers THERION have issued the following update regarding their scheduled show in Dublin, Ireland on September 14th:

"The original venue in Dublin was supposed to have finished renovating in time for our show, but now they say it will not be finished in time. The promoter has therefore have moved the show to another (actually better) venue at Tripod on Old Harcourt St. Train Station. Tickets remain valid for the new venue."

Upcoming Therion live dates include:

August
30 - Exhibition Grounds - Tel Aviv, Israel

September
4 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
6 - Debaser Medis - Stockholm, Sweden
9 - Raismes Festival - Raismes, France
14 - Tripod - Dublin, Ireland

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Breaking News

Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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Therion Sign With Nuclear Blast

THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has issued the following update:

"I'm happy to announce that I've officially just prolonged the contract with Nuclear Blast Records for another five albums. Our souls now belongs to the innovative and dedicated little label from the village of Donzdorf [Germany], who through hard work and and honest dedication over the years have become the pearl of metal labels of all times. It's been 12 years since we signed with them and I look forwards to the upcoming 12 years."

THERION recently announced the departure of vocalist Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, TREAT, AT VANCE) prior to the band's appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in early August. His replacement in the group will be Thomas Vikström, who is best known to metal fans as the voice behind CANDLEMASS' "Chapter VI" album (1992).

THERION's latest studio album, the dual-disc "Gothic Kaballah", was released in North America on February 6 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Mehida Signs To Napalm Records

MEHIDA, a new band of Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Arctica) and Thomas Vikström (Therion, ex-Candlemass) has signed to Napalm Records. Ex-Am I Blood guitarist Jani Stefanovic (ex-Am I Blood) is also involved in the project. "MEHIDA manage an extraordinary feat by converging their progressive roots and technical prowess with strong, memorable vocal lines and first-class songwriting," states the label.

The release of the band's debut album, "Blood & Water" is set for 31.8.2007.

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Therion To Take A Month Off

THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted thie brief message on the band's official website:

"Hellfest was the last show with Mats Levén and now we will have a month vacation before the next era with Thomas Vikström starts. A big 'thank you for all those shows together' and best wishes for the future to Mats from the band."

THERION will be touring North America in support of their latest album, "Gothic Kabbalah". Here are the confirmed dates thus far:

Oct. 16 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Oct. 30 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
Oct. 31 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Nov. 1 - New York, NY - HighLine Ballroom
Nov. 2 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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New Dates For Therion's US Tour

More dates have been released for THERION’s North American tour later this year:

October 16 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
October 30 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
October 31 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
November 1 - New York, NY @ HighLine Ballroom
November 2 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Mats Leven Lays Down Vocals For Apocalyptica

Swedish singer Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, CANDLEMASS) has issued the following update:

"Recorded some backing vocals on two songs today with producer Jacob Hellner for the APOCALYPTICA album, sounded good. First time I worked with Jacob, nice guy.
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Therion Plans A Potential US Tour

THERION appear to be planning a return to North America later this year, with the first date to be released being as follows:

November 1 - New York, NY @ HighLine Ballroom

More dates are rumored to be added, and could possibly stretch the entire Northeast.

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Therion Announce Moscow Live Show Changes

Swedish metallers THERION have issued the following update regarding tonight's show (May 20th) at B1 Maximum in Moscow, Russia:

"Due to technical reasons the two support acts in Moscow will be cancelled. There will be a very long change over between Therion and BLIND GUARDIAN, so Therion will be on stage earlier. Therion will be the first band.

Update: Therion will also play a heavily reduced set due to the promotor not delivering the stage as agreed. One of the main problems could have been fixed, but Blind Guardian would not allow Therion to use the drum riser. Therion now have to set up the drums in front, leaving only a 1.5m stage left in front of the drums. The reason for Blind Guardian not allowing Therion to use the drum riser? It MIGHT make the drums sound a bit different in the monitors from the sound check, something that the audience would not notice.

Because this will release some time PAIN might be performing after all."

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Therion To Play Israel In August

Swedish symphonic metal band THERION is scheduled to perform at the Exhibition Grounds in Tel Aviv, Israel on August 30.

For a list of upcoming THERION appearances, click here.

THERION recently announced the departure of vocalist Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, TREAT, AT VANCE) prior to the band's appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in early August. His replacement in the group will be Thomas Vikström, who is best known to metal fans as the voice behind CANDLEMASS' "Chapter VI" album (1992).

THERION's latest studio album, the dual-disc "Gothic Kaballah", was released in North America on February 6 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Therion Part Ways With Singer Mats Leven

Swedish symphonic metallers THERION have issued the following update:

"From Wacken Open Air and onwards, Mats Levén (KRUX) will no longer be singing with the band. It was a decision taken by the whole band in discussion with Mats. This change of line-up is on friendly terms and the remaining shows before Wacken will be performed with the same energy and passion as if nothing had happened. There are no bad feelings. Therion will continue to develop even further into the direction we set on the last tour and Mats will focus on his new projects.
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Sahg Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Norwegian heavy rockers SAHG, who feature in their ranks members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD and AUDREY HORNE, have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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