Band Photo: Therion (?)
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.
Swedish Symphonic metallers THERION have posted cover versions of METALLICA's "Fight Fire With Fire", JUDAS PRIEST's "Green Manalishi" and THIN LIZZY's "Southbound". Links and notes from frontman Christofer Johnsson can be found below:
"Fight Fire With Fire"- "Thought we're getting too old to grind, eh? We tuned down the guitars, raised the tempo and kicked some serious ass in the studio. The vocals are done by me in the chorus and by Anders (the bald guy) in the verses. We used to play this song in 1987 when we where called Blitzkrieg. Recorded and mixed at our own studio Modern Art."
"Green Manalishi"- "This is a cover of their cover on Fleetwood Mac. One of their best songs that I used to listen to a lot when I was young. We tried to do it close to how their original version sounded on the Hell Bent For Leather" album (it later appeared in various live versions on Single and Maxi B-sides and the Unleashed In The East live album). As we made a cover on their cover, it's no point in experimenting with our version, as then it would not be a Judas Priest cover, rather a Fleetwood Mac cover. Recorded and mixed at our own studio Modern Art."
"Southbound"- "Here we tried to make everything as different from the Therion way as we could. It sounds like a sup-pop band from the 80's or something. We used Sarah to sing here, but let her use the "normal" voice (not the opera voice). No one would ever guess that this is Therion playing if they didn't know it and that's one of the ideas behind this version. It's fun to try odd things once in a while."
Head here to check out other cover songs by Therion.
Sweden’s bombast masters Therion will embark on a US tour in the fall of 2005. Only two dates are confirmed so far:
Sept. 14 New York, NY - BB King Blues Club
Sept. 16 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Therion are still touring in support of their two albums “Sirius B” and “Lemuria”, released in May through Nuclear Blast.
This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.
Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...
As all good things must come to an end, for some time now I have been feeling that my time with this page is almost over. Due to many personal reasons, mainly me being overworked with other, more proffitable jobs (Hey, you gotta eat, right? The Therion page isn't really an employer.), I simply don't have the time nor the initiative to do stuff on this page, after I spend 15 hours a day in front of a computer screen. So I have decided to do the only proper thing, and that is to formally quit the Megatherion Intelligence Page project. I will do so in a matter of days, as I still have a lot of unsorted mail to sort (and forward to appropriate persons) and to add quite a lot of pictures from the gigs (thanx a lot for sending them people, they are great!) to add to the photo section.
As of today, this page has no webmaster but it's looking for one! If there's a Therion fan(atic) out there who is willing to work for free for the next couple of years, 1-2 hours a day, has appropriate linux/webdesign/php/perl/mysql/whatever needed knowledge and skills, and wants to seriously take over this page into his/her care, please send your inquires to: therionsociety.NOSP@M.bredband.net. Before you freak out with "Me! Me! I wanna do it!", do have in mind that Chris may already have someone else in mind, and if he doesn't there is really a lot of work to be done. It's not a simple job, but if you're applying then you already know that. Page currently has NO user interfaces, everything has to be edited manualy directly in Mysql, etc, etc, and whoever takes the job will have to build something and bring the page out of the stone age. More...
Taken from official Therion website:
It's been a long time since people could talk to one of the band members on a scheduled chat in public chatroom. Thus, Christofer Johnsson will make a public chat on www.megatherion.com the 9-th of October at 17.00 CET (16.00 GMT). If you are using Mozilla, opera, or any kind of a browser that doesn't support java by default, please visit www.sun.com and install Java 2, that will allow you to use the java applet in our chatroom. If you, however, prefer to chat via some IRC program like mIRC for example, download it, and connect to main.megatherion.com, channel name #Therion_Chat. Whatever you decide to use, BE THERE!
Norwegian Gothic/Doom metallers TRAIL OF TEARS have posted the following update on their ofiicial website:
"The title of the new album will be "Free Fall Into Fear"
It will contain the following songs (in random order): The Architect of my Downfall, Joyless Trance of Winter, Drink Away the Demons, Point Zero, Dry Well of Life, The Face of Jealousy, Carrier of the Scars of Life, Watch You Fall, Frail Expectation, Cold Hand of Retribution.
The album is due to be released in October by Napalm Records."
As previously reported, TRAIL OF TEARS will be touring Europe together with their Scandinavian mates THERION and TRISTANIA. Confirmed dates include:
Good news from Nuclear Blast web page: Niemann brothers along with Christofer Johnsson on vocals finally released on July 26th their new project called Demonoid - "Riders Of The Apocalypse."
In fact, Demonoid is nothing else but a project that features Therion members Christofer Johnsson and Kristian Niemann, Johan Niemann and former Chimaira drummer Rickard Evensand. Influenced by Old School Death and Thrash, the band plays solid, aggressive and pushing metal – a feast for every headbanger who's into brutal and violent sounds. So don't expect bombastic Therion-like meta, but a true Death massacre. 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 80’s and early 90’s. 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 excellent guitar work, Christofer’s by far best vocal performances up to now, Richard’s technical drumming and Johan’s pounding bass lines.
Most of the music was written by Kristian and Johan, some minor help came from Christofer. As the captain of this ship, Kristian has been the main person responsible with arranging the songs and also doing most of the recordings in Therion's very own "Modern Art" studio.
The lyrical concept was created by Christofer: A story which is partly fantasy and partly based on theological and historical elements. It circles around the biblical characters, "The Riders Of The Apocalypse."
On Nuclear Blast site you could also listen to an audio clip online.
More info here.
Norwegian Gothic/ Doom metallers TRAIL OF TEARS, together with TRISTANIA nad THERION, will be conquering Europe this fall.
Confirmed dates include: More...
Swedish "gothic metallers" Beseech will play an exclusive gig with Therion on September 30 at Klubben in Stockholm (Therion's only gig in Sweden in support of their new album). In other news, Beseech have uploaded photos from their appearance at the Tuska 2004 festival in Helsinki, Finland last weekend. Check them out here.
Beseech's fourth full-length album, "Drama" was released in January through Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Souls Highway" was recorded at Studio Mega and was mastered at the Cutting Room.
Swedish Operatic metallers THERION have announced a number of dates around the world in support of their current double album, Sirius B and Lemuria. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"As you can see in the tour section, we're now in the process of the scheduling of the next world tour. At the moment only the Latin American shows are booked and have a date. This part of the world is the only one were we will tour as a headline act though. We are at this moment looking what options there are for us to go together with other bands in Europe and USA/Canada. In Europe we could tour headline like the last two times, but we feel like we want to get on to something bigger. It's great to play only in front of our own fans, but it is also cool to have a bit of a challenge and play in front of crowds that only partly consist of people that know our albums. We're looking for some cool band that plays music we like and a band that we respect. At the moment we have a suggestion that I particularly like and hope is going to happen. If we can get that to happen it would be a total killer package for you guys in Europe — I'll be telling you as soon as we know (if it happens and then of course with which band it is, it's still a secret).
"In USA/Canada will still have some way to go before it would be a successful idea to play headline, so as this will be our first time over there we simply have to do the same work, as we once did in Europe many years ago and open up for other bigger bands. This is something we look forward a lot to though. THERION is a band that never had anything for free and the success we have always tastes better if we know that we have earned it by hard work and that we are a band that really deserves it.
"We also have a new drummer that's gonna do the touring with us. His name is Petter and he's a pretty unknown talent (except for those well initiated in the Stockholm music life) that used to play in a band called MASTER MASSIVE. We'll give you more news on this topic as time goes by."
Upcoming THERION shows: More...
The new THERION albums are called "Sirius B" and "Lemuria", due in stores on May 24th, 2004 through Nuclear Blast. They will be relesed as two separate albums, but during a period of two months, there will be a double release available, so that people can get them both for more or less half the price. This release will be pressed as much as people buy it during these two months and after that what ever left in stores and distribution channels can continue to sell as long as it lasts. You can consider this special offers as a present from Therion to the fans.
The M´era Luna Festival 2004, which is to be held in Hildesheim, Germany on August 7th/8th at Flugplatz Drispenstedt has confirmed THERION, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN EXTREMO and TRISTANIA.
The complete list of bands include: ASP, ANNE CLARK, CHAMBER, CLAN OF XYMOX, COLD, COVENANT, DECODED FEEDBACK, DE/VISION, DULCE LIQUIDO, FAITH & THE MUSE, THE FAIR SEX, FIDDLERS GREEN, FUNKER VOGT, GOTHMINISTER, ICON OF COIL, IN EXTREMO, LACRIMOSA, L'AME IMMORTELLE, ROTER SAND, SALTATIO MORTIS, SAMSAS TRAUM, SCHANDMAUL, SOMAN, SUICIDE COMMANDO, THERION, TRISTANIA, WELLE ERDBALL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, WOLFSHEIM.
Saturday individual day tickets are 39,- € ( no camping included). Two-day passes are 64,- € ( camping included).