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Formed: 1987
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.

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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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Lion's Share To Film "The Edge Of The Razor" Video

Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE will film a video for the song "The Edge of the Razor" on April 15 in Stockholm. The track features a guest solo from Bruce Kulick (KISS), and comes off the group's comeback album, "Emotional Coma," which is scheduled for release on June 15 through AFM Records. You can check out the cover artwork at lionsshare.org.

According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Kulick, Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).

As previously reported, here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing: More...

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Lion's Share Signs With AFM Records

After four successful albums and several tours with bands like MANOWAR, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, U.D.O., ICED EARTH and NEVERMORE, Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE are back with their long-awaited comeback masterpiece, "Emotional Coma", due out on June 15 in Europe through AFM Records. The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).

Commented Chriss: "We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of such a great label as AFM Records. AFM is home to many great bands and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of that roster. It feels great to work with a label staff that understands our music and goals. We are looking forward to a long and successful cooperation."

According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).

Commented Markus Wosgien, A&R of AFM Records: "The new record is heavy metal at its finest. It shows the band from another side, less progressive, more straight and metal. If you are into the old gods like SAXON, JUDAS PRIEST or ACCEPT — you will love this unique and high-class record, which is a new beginning in the history of this amazing band."

Here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing:

01. Cult of Denial
02. The Arsonist
03. Emotional Coma (feat. Glen Drover)
04. Clones of Fate
05. The Edge of the Razor (feat. Bruce Kulick)
06. Toxication Rave
07. Trafficking
08. Bloodstained Soil
09. Soultaker
10. Hatred's My Fuel
11. Sorcerers (ANGEL WITCH cover)
12. Ring of Stupidity (bonus track for Japan and digipak)

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MP3.com Hosts Listening Party For Therion's Latest

In an exclusive partnership between Nuclear Blast Records and MP3.com, THERION's latest studio album, the dual-disc Gothic Kaballah, will be available for streaming in its entirety for seven days prior to the album's North American street date of February 6th.

Founded in Sweden over twenty years ago and rooted in death metal, Johnsson has since catapulted THERION to the outer reaches of progressive / classical rock music. In the band's recent cover feature in Metal Maniacs, Johnsson explains the stylistic shift for the album (which fans have come to expect) and how it is not "gothic" at all in the musical or image sense:

"It's completely different from anything else we've done. We had five writers working on this album; we only had three core band writers before, so that has expanded our horizons. We have also opted for more typically rock vocal styles. We are influenced by quite a lot of '70s bands like Uriah Heep and [even] have Heep's Ken Hensley [guesting on the album]. The title is a translation from Swedish and 'gothic' is the closest English word used to describe the Kaballah, so that's why we used it."

Gothic Kaballah will be available for streaming between January 30th and February 6th, 2007. Fans are encouraged to sign up for a free MP3.com account and participate in the "Press Pass: Your Take" function to write their own review.

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.

More details as they become available.

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Megadeth Guitarist To Guest On Lion's Share Album

MEGADETH/EIDOLON guitarist Glen Drover has recorded a guest solo on the new album from Swedish melodic metal band LION'S SHARE. Also scheduled to appear on the CD are drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK), guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS), and singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, AT VANCE, KRUX), who is responsible for the backing vocals on the entire CD.

LION'S SHARE has uploaded some photos from the current mixing sessions with Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, SAIGON KICK, EUROPE, GLENN HUGHES, ELECTRIC BOYS) at their MySpace page. Lahti previously worked with the group on their third album, "Fall from Grace".

The as-yet-untitled CD, which is expected to be released in April/May, will feature the following tracks (not in final order): More...

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Swallow The Sun Added To Wacken Open Air Bill

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN 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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Napalm Death Confirmed For France's Hellfeset

British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Hellfest summer open-air 2007 festival, set to take place June 22-24 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

1349
BLIND GUARDIAN
CANNIBAL CORPSE
EPHEL DUATH
HATEBREED
IMMORTAL
KICKBACK
MOHO
NAPALM DEATH
ORTHODOX
THERION

For more information, visit Hellfest.fr.

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New Therion Album Available For Streaming

The new album of Therion entitled "Gothic Kabbalah", is now available for streaming here.

Due in North America on February 6, 2007, the CD was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann and features Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw sharing the vocal duties with Mats Levén and two female singers Katarina Lilja on solo and choral vocals; and Hannah Holgersson on solo, choral, and soprano vocals.

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