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.
Guitarist Christofer Johnsson reports that "pre-production of the new album is going well" and offered the following information about his time in the studio:
"Work = all the time; Sleep = never. THERION never give out any info like titles of songs on future releases before it's 100% finished. None [of the tracks] in particular feel difficult and they're all extremely enjoyable. The one with the working title 'Egypt' is one of the mosst enjoyable ones, but of course you won't know what song that is [until] the album finally goes public. A new electronic device I've picked up recently: a D.W. Fearn microphone amplifier." When asked about obtaining the Limited Edition George Lucas Stormtrooper action figure, Johnsson responded, "I think I can survive without that one."
In other news, the first CONFIRMED dates for THERION's World Tour for 2007 (with Grave Digger and Benedictum) have been announced and include: More...
THERION founder Christofer Johnsson has posted the following update at the band's official website, confirming his previously announced plans to have Therion back on the road in early 2007:
"Therion will go on tour again starting in end of January 2007.
I don't like when local promoters are announcing Therion shows before they are official. Before a contract has been signed, it is not to be considered an officially booked show. When the contracts are signed, you will see the date on this website.
I cannot post dates here that are uncertain because I have to take responsability for what I post. If the schedule change a million times, no one will trust in it in the end. Plus we will have hundreds of questions why we c'ancel' shows that have never been 100% booked in the first place.
So, if you hear about a Therion show somewhere else than on this page, it means something is (probably) going on there, but before you see dates on this page, nothing legal is signed."
On Wednesday, September 14th I went to BBkings in New York City, NY to see Therion and Beyond the Embrace. As I walked into the venue as doors opened, I saw about six people standing around waiting for the concert to start. I met up with a friend and chilled until it started. What was scary was how we were the only people there until about 15 minutes before Beyond the Embrace took the stage. About 30 people showed up in those 15 minutes. I was scared that Therion drastically undersold the show. I was very wrong. By the time Beyond the Embrace finished the venue was packed. I didn’t even notice how many people were pouring in, since I was front row out of the three rows of people there. By the time Therion was playing I couldn’t move. Before Beyond the Embrace took the stage, I thought I saw Brian Fair from Shadows Fall hanging out at the bar, but wasn’t sure, so I went up to him and said, “Hey, what’s up”. Turns out it was him and he was cool. We had a short conversation because the concert started and it would be nearly impossible to hear each other. More...
The following announcement has been posted at the official THERION website with regards to frontman Christoffer Johnsson's parting ways with DEMONOID, the death metal act also featuring Therion members Kristian Niemann (guitars) and Johan Niemann (bass):
"As a result of too little time, and as previously announced, also wanting to stop singing, Chris has withdrawn from Demonoid and the band have already found a replacement vocalist.
Chris wish them all the best and has offered the band his assistance in negotiating the band a new long term record deal.
There was always different opinions in what direction the band should go in terms of activity. Chris didn't want to play live, while the other guys didn't mind touring if there was time for it in between the Therion projects.
So, this means you will not only see a new Demonoid album (when they have time to record it), you will also most likely be able to see them live on stage some time in the future as well."
Christofer Johnsson, founder, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist for the symphonic Swedish group THERION, has announced today via the band's official web site that he will be retiring from vocal duties. The following is an excerpt from his post:
"As was announced at the Metal Mania festivals, I am going to retire from vocals. The reasons for this are two: One is that I feel it's not fun to sing anymore (even though I have enjoyed playing the old songs on guitar). [My] voice is getting weaker over the years and I experienced problems at the end of the U.S./Canada tour. The problem isn't only getting older, but rather that we basically never rehearse as a band and therefore, I don't keep my throat 'warm.' It simply doesn't work to not sing for half a year and then go on tour for two months and shout every evening. It used to work when I was younger, but now I feel it's not comfortable anymore and when it doesn't feel right, it's definitely time to stop.
"The second reason is that we would like to stop playing old songs, anyway. By old I mean 'Lepaca Klifffoth' and older. We are now working on our 13th studio album and it is getting harder and harder to choose which songs to play live. The number of 'classics' — songs that we more or less must play — is growing all the time and we don't want to end up like one of those bands where you know beforehand 95% for sure what songs that are going to be played. We want to be able to have space to play a couple of unexpected songs each new tour. We, of course, realize that many fans will miss those old brutal songs, but we are convinced that those fans also will prefer to hear something new each time from the Theli album and onwards.
"The ProgPower festival in England will be the final show where I do vocals on stage. This will be our 106th and final show supporting 'Lemuria'/'Sirius B'. We will not be on stage again until 2007. I have planned a special surprise for this festival (not even the other band members know it), so don't miss this festival if you live in the U.K.!"
THERION will be releasing "Celebrators Of Becoming", a four-DVD+ two-CD set (featuring over ten hours of video footage and two hours of live audio) in North America on June 13. Artwork for "Celebrators Of Becoming" is available at this location (check under 2006 releases, then scroll down to June 13).
Sweden's THERION will be issuing a six-disc DVD/CD set, entitled "Celebrators of Becoming", on May 5. The package will include four DVDs and two audio discs. It will be available in two versions, one luxury digipak version in a slip case and one cheaper version, but both will contain all discs. The idea is that both should have a very reasonable price and be affordable for all fans. An overview of the set's contents is as follows: More...
THERION founder/frontman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following notice to the fans at the band's official website:
"The Therion page at MySpace is NOT in any way connected to the band members and the blog there is NOT written by anybody in the band. We have been aware of that someone had this page for a while, but as it didn't cause any huge problems, it has mainly been annoyed fans concerned about the task to reveal that this site has nothing to do with the band. However, as posts pointing the page being fake has been deleted by the person behind it, there has been notifications of abuse sent to MySpace. Discovering that there is now also a blog, where the person behind this site speak in the name of the band, Therion have now contacted My Space too, in order to resolve the issue."
Attic Arcade/Gencross has set a March 23, 2006 Japanese release date for the new NARNIA album, entitled "Enter the Gate". The Swedish metallers are currently negotiating a European release for the CD, which is being described by the band as "the most well-sounding and well-performed NARNIA album to date." The follow-up to 2003's "The Great Fall" features backing vocals by Mats Leven (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AT VANCE) and contains "the most melodic and catchy songs since 'Long Live the King' from the late '90s but in a brand new sound and approach," according to the band.
In other news, MCM Music will be releasing a CD version of the band's 2003 concert performance ay Owener Rocknacht in Germany. The show, which was previously released on DVD under the title "At Short Notice....Live in Germany", has now been edited and remastered for the CD version. The title remains the same and the release is set for January 23, 2006.
NARNIA's fourth full-length album, "The Great Fall", was released in April 2003 through Nuclear Blast. The CD, which was produced at The Dream Factory in Jönköping, Sweden by Carl-Johan Grimmark, featured guest appearances from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson and SAVIOUR MACHINE singer Eric Clayton.
NARNIA recently parted ways with keyboardist Linus Kåse. Replacing him on some the band's recent dates was Andreas Lindahl.
Swedish/Uk based orchestral metal band ANGTORIA has as a result of their collaboration with Fortress Music And Artist Management teamed up with Listenable Records and signed a record deal! Formed in July 2004, this female fronted band consist of singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (known from Cradle Of Filth, Therion, Mortiis etc), musician/composer Chris Rehn (Abyssos) and musician/composer Tommy Rehn (Moahni Moahna). Having already recieved numerous top rated reviews and awards for their demo in magazines all over the world, the collaboration with Listenable Records will reveal their awaited debut album scheduled to be released worldwide in spring 2006.
Swedish operetic Metal act THERION's Christofer Johnsson (guitars & vocals) spoke to Metal Temple magazine’s Ian Kaatz during this year’s edition of ProgPower USA (Sept. 15-17 at Eartlink Live, Atlanta, GE). In his interview with Ian, Johnsson revealed the band’s plans for a multiple DVD release due for release in March 2006 and also spoke about their upcoming new full length album which still remains untitled. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
- Metal Temple: Have you started writing any new material?
- Christofer Johnsson: "We have all the songs for the next record finished."
- Metal Temple: Wow.
- Christofer Johnsson: "We recorded enough material for 3 albums but only released 2 albums, so we have to catch up."
- Metal Temple: Does the new material sound similar to the double disc ("Lemuria" & "Sirius B" - Nuclear Blast Records, 2004)?
- Christofer Johnsson: "It’s not a double disc, not to be picky. It is two different records but they were sold together as a double disc because not many people have that much money. It was way over-stocked by distributors in the U.S, so that’s why they still have it. We didn’t limit in numbers. For three months people can buy as much as they like. The third one was recorded in the same time frame, so it will be closer to these ones than to our previous records. That doesn’t mean it will sound the same. We divided the three records upon different solo songs. We saved the more progressive ones for the third one."
- Metal Temple: Oh okay, that sounds really sweet. Do you have a release date for the DVD? Because I know that in the previous interview you did with Metal Temple, you said you were working on a live DVD.
- Christofer Johnsson: "I am not going to say how many discs but it will contain multiple discs and it will be out in March of next year."
The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.
During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable! More...
THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"After all the sad news finally some positive news; the new tour bus is excellent, the best we've ever had actually. So we should be more than fine for the rest of the tour.
"And now a message to fans in eastern USA and Canada. Normally this would be written in 'Email from Kliffoth' [section nof the web site], but as I'm anyway at it writing some news I'll just post it here.
"We have now completed the round trip in USA/Canada and are now going back to territories where we have already been. We have therefore decided to change the set-list so that people who have already seen us play in cities like Montreal, Toronto, Worcester, NYC, Cleveland etc and is up for another round will geet to hear some 4-5 different songs. After several requests from fans we will insert among other songs 'Siren of the Woods' on the set list.
"It seems very unlikely that we would tour headline over the U.S. again (if we come back it will be in a package with other bands of some sort), so it's also likely the last possibilities to see us make a set longer than 1.5 hours over here.
"I also want to take the opportunity to thank all of you who showed up at the shows and perticulary you folks who we saw at more than one show."
The Therion show in Vancouver, BC on Aug. 31 has been moved from the Commodore Ballroom to The Red Room. All Commodore tickets will be honoured at the door at the new location.
On Aug 17, bombast metallers Therion will sign autographs in the Nuclear Blast Shop in Donzdorf from 6-7 pm. That's one day before their appearance at the Summer Breeze Festival.
Mastermind Christofer Johnsson, his band mates and members of the choir will attend to sign whatever you got: pictures, shirts, CDs, your butt or your mom…
Donzdorf is situated near Göppingen, between Stuttgart and Ulm. The exact address is: Öschstr. 40, 73072 Donzdorf, Germany.
The lineup for the "World Series of Metal," a two day festival in Cleveland, OH at the House of Blues, has been announced:
September 9th: JOHN OLIVA'S PAIN, THERION, BEYOND FEAR, CHRIS CAFFERY, BEYOND THE EMBRACE
September 10th: OBITUARY, NAPALM DEATH, DEAD TO FALL
Lennart Larsson, the organizer of Sweden's 2000 Decibel festival, has issued the following press release:
Today, Sunday the 5th June, we the organizers behind the 2000 Decibel-festival in Bengtsfors, Sweden have, after six years, decided to put the festival to rest.
We now hope that someone else with the same burning passion for Swedish hard rock and metal as we have and always have had, but with a better geographical location, will take over our idea and concept!
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the bands that have played at the festival as well as everyone that has supported us during the years!
Power From The North – Sweden Rocks The World!
This year's 2000 Decibel festival took place on May 21st and featured acts including Amon Amarth, Meshuggah, Defleshed and Therion.
Therion frontman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following news at the band's official website:
I need some help from you guys! The DVD is just about ready but there's just one thing we're missing. You see, there will be (among many other things) a historical section with some bootleg songs from each era of Therion from 1989 up until present days. And as it seems, we don't have any song from the »Secret of the Runes« tour. So if any of you guys have a bootleg with somehow acceptable quality, please contact the Therion Society administration firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanx!
ProgPower USA VI has officially sold out just three days after tickets went on sale to the general public.
“I don't think my attendees realize how truly grateful I am for their continued loyalty and support,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “This is the fourth consecutive sell-out thanks to them. I don't think anyone had a clue that tickets would move so fast this year. My heartfelt thanks to the public for allowing me to continue with what I believe is the best concert experience in North America.”
This year’s stellar lineup will host Angra, Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora on Friday, September 16. The festival’s second night, Saturday, September 17, will feature Stratovarius, Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride.
ProgPower be held at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. on both days.
A ProgPower USA VI Pre-Show Party will be held Thursday night at The Loft. After a great experience performing at last year’s ProgPower, Germany’s Dreamscape is returning to headline the pre-party. Orphaned Land will perform an acoustic set with material different from their Friday set. Avian, featuring Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals, and Outworld, featuring guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley, will also perform. Ticket information for the pre-party will be released in the coming weeks.
ProgPower USA is one of America’s most highly praised festivals. There is currently a three-year wait on the Gold Badge waiting list. Last year ProgPower USA drew fans from 32 states and 12 counties including Japan and Australia.
ProgPower USA is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Planet Waves Gear, J.’Addario Strings, and Evans Drumheads.
Earthlink Live is located at 1375 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta.
This years ProgPower Festival will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on September 1-2. Bands preforming are:
Orphaned Land, Therion, Stratovarius, Angra, Conception, Symphorce, Pink Cream 69, Manticora, Circus Maximus, and Stride.
The following is a list of tour dates for Therion:
8/30 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
8/31 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
9/2 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
9/3 Warehouse – Calgary, AB
9/5 Pyramid – Winnipeg, MB
9/6 Ascot Room – Minneapolis, MN
9/7 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
9/8 Madison Theater – Covington, KY
9/9 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
9/10 Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/11 L' Imperial – Quebec City, QC
9/12 Medley – Montreal, QC
9/13 Palladium – Worchester, MA
9/14 BB King Blues Club – New York, NY
9/15 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
9/16 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
9/17 Prog Power Festival – Atlanta, GA
9/19 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
9/20 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
9/21 Ridgies Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX
9/23 Mason Jar – Phoenix, AZ
9/24 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
9/25 Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
9/26 The Pound At Pier 96 – San Francisco, CA
9/28 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/1 Harpo´s Concert Theatre – Detroit, MI