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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Therion news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
VAN HALEN and JUDAS PRIEST are among the bands who are rumored to be playing next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden. It should be noted, however, that neither of these acts has been officially confirmed for the event and their possible participation in the festival should be treated as nothing more than speculation.
The organizers of the Sweden Rock Festival will announce the first 20-25 bands confirmed for next year's event during the kick-off party on November 24 at Tyrol in Stockholm. The party will be broadcast live on the Stockholm radio station 106.7 Rockklassiker beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time and will be available for streaming worldwide via www.rockklassiker.se.
This year's Sweden Rock Festival kick-off celebration will feature performances by GOTTHARD, SABATON and HAZY/DIZZY. In addition, a one-off all-star band has also been put together featuring:
Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS, ELECTRIC SUN) - Guitar
Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RING OF FIRE) - Vocals
Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AT VANCE, THERION) - Vocals
Liz Vandall (SAHARA, Uli JON ROTH) - Vocals
Janne Stark (OVERDRIVE, BALTIMOORE) - Guitar
Ule Ritgen (ZENO, ELECTRIC SUN, FAIR WARNING) - Bass
Thomas Broman (ELECTRIC BOYS, JOHN NORUM, 21 GUNS) - Drums
The group will perform vintage SCORPIONS and ELECTRIC SUN material, along with other "nice surprises."
Christofer Johnsson of the Swedish metallers THERION has issued the following update:
"Ferdy Doernberg (ULI JON ROTH, AXEL RUDI PELL, ROUGH SILK) will be joining the entire [European] tour to play keyboards. The songs will be re-arraged for keyboards especially for this tour."
Johnsson previously announced that:
* Piotr Wawrzeniuk will join THERION in Glachau and play all dates with the band until Krakow.
* Messiah Marcolin (ex-CANDLEMASS, MOMENTO MORI) will join THERION in Budapest and will play all dates with the group until London. He will also fly down later and join the band for the finale in Paris.
* Mats Levén will join the band for the finale in Paris.
* THERION will have the amazing belly dancer Arien as a special guest starting in Glachau and ending in London. She will also be present for the finale in Paris. More...
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
THERION have posted the following update:
"We're back in Europe and besides Kiev that will be the last show on this tour, we're pretty much done. Some words for our fans:
Latin America: Thank you for being even more amazing than ever! We also made a new record here; we pulled almost 5,000 people in Quito, Ecuador, which is the biggest amount Therion ever pulled as a headliner so far. Next tour we can bring with us full European stage production.
Japan: It took us 20 years to finally get over there and wow... it's been worth every second of waiting! The response we received was simply beyond our imagination and as for the country itself, each and everyone of us simply LOVED your incredible country. The very polite manners, the rich culture, the good traditions, the dicipline (never seen a more well organized festival!) etc etc etc. Seems like our performance there opened up for future possibilities for the band and it's for sure not the last time we saw The Land Of The Rising Sun!
USA/Canada: Despite the somewhat dissapointing turn up for the shows, we indeed have some positive words. We sincerely want to thank everyone that showed up and supported the band and in perticular you people who travelled far and/or went to several shows. The crowds there really kicks ass in 4 of 5 shows, there were between 130 - 420 paying people showing up, but each show felt like there were much more thanx to your wild enthusiasm and rockin' hard approach!"
Fan-filmed video footage of THERION's October 18, 2007 concert at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California can be viewed here.
Photos of THERION's October 20, 2007 performance in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada are available at Capitale du Metal.
According to Alain Gagnon of Capitale du Metal, "THERION played what may be their last show in Quebec City last night to a bit more than 200 fans at L'Impérial de Quebec. Just like every time they perform, they gave everything possible, leaving the crowd speachless and looking for air. The four-singer concept with the different roles made it a wonderful experience for everybody attending as it sometimes felt just like a very heavy metal opera or even a musical. Quality was certainly the name of the game ... AESMA DAEVA and MAG opened the night and both received a good reaction from the Quebec crowd. The same bands are playing Montreal's Medley Wednesday night for what should be the best Halloween party in town." More...
Mainman Christofer Johnsson of the Swedish metallers THERION has issued the following updates:
"1) Snowy got his passport stolen in San Francisco (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."
"2) Philadelphia show is now canceled. 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. New York City 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."
"3) 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."
"4) 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." More...
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."
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
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.
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):
'The Blood Of Kingu',
'Son Of The Sun',
'The Khlysti Evangelist',
'Dark Venus Persephone',
'Kali Yuga, Part 1',
'Kali Yuga, Part 2'.
'The Wondrous World Of Punt',
'Call Of Dagon',
'Voyage Of Gurdjieff (The Fourth Way)'. More...
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...
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:
02. Ghost Of Perdition
03. Under The Weeping Moon
05. Face Of Melinda
06. The Night And The Silent Water
02. Blackwater Park
03. Demon of the Fall
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."
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
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:
30 - Exhibition Grounds - Tel Aviv, Israel
4 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
6 - Debaser Medis - Stockholm, Sweden
9 - Raismes Festival - Raismes, France
14 - Tripod - Dublin, Ireland
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.
Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:
Friday, Aug 3
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
Saturday Aug 4
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE
True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
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.
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.
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
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