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First Details Of New Metal Opera "Beloved Antichrist" Announced By Therion, Tour Dates Revealed

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When 15 year old prodigy Christofer Johnsson founded Therion as a death metal band in 1987, little did he know that exactly 30 years later he would put the final touches to a project that will go down in history as symphonic metal’s most ambitious release. While "metal operas" are no longer an unusual creation, this term will forever receive a new meaning on January 26, 2018, when the curtain opens for Johnsson’s lifelong creation: "Beloved Antichrist." The new spectacular brainchild consists of 3 full-length CDs. It’s more than just a concept album, but a complete rock opera with multiple chapters unveiling a sweeping story, partly based on and inspired by Vladímir Soloviov "A Short Tale Of The Antichrist."

With an incredible total of 29 different roles and characters, who all required a unique voice, Therion hired not only a big choir, but also 29 vocalists to bring the epic story to life. With long-time collaborators like Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti, fans will hear the classical Therion vibe but also be able to drown in a magical maelstrom of many new as well as familiar voices. Divided into several chapters, the opera reaches a full length of 3 and a half hours and Therion is currently working on the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage.

While this monumental undertaking still simmers away in the Swedish production halls, the band has announced a pan-European tour where they will perform some of their new masterpieces live in a classical concert setting. Support comes from Russia’s Imperial Age, Germany's Null Positiv and New York symphonic metal act Midnight Eternal. Don't miss this new milestone in the history of symphonic metal and witness this dramatic staging of the apocalypse and all those brave, sinister and fascinating characters heading towards the end of it all.

More info on "Beloved Antichrist" will be revealed soon. The European tour dates are as follows:

01.02. DE – Essen, Turock
02.02. NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg
03.02. UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
04.02. UK – Manchester, Rebellion
07.02. UK – Aberdeen, The Assembly
08.02. UK – Glasgow, Audio
09.02. UK – Sheffield, Corporation
10.02. UK – Belfast, Limelight
11.02. IRE – Dublin, Tivoli
13.02. UK – Bristol, Bierkeller
14.02. UK – Birmingham, O2 Institute
16.02. FR – Paris, Trabendo
20.02. ES – Bilbao, Santana 27
21.02. PT – Oporto, Hard Club
22.02. Pt – Lisboa, Lisboa Oa Vivo
23.02. ES – Sevilla, Sala Custom
24.02. ES – Madrid, Sala But 2
25.02. ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
01.03. IT – Brescia, Circolo Colony
02.03. IT – Rome, Orion
03.03. IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
04.03. SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
05.03. HR – Zagreb, Tvornica
06.03. SRB – Belgrade, Dom Obladine
08.03. GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
09.03. GR – Athens, Poraeus 117 Academy
10.03. BG – Sofia, Weekender Club
11.03. RO – Bucharest, Arenele Romane
13.03. HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
14.03. SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
15.03. CZ – Praha, Meetfactory
16.03. PL – Wroclaw, A2
17.03. PL – Warsaw, Progresja
18.03. PL – Gdansk, B90
20.03. LT – Vilnius, Rock River Club
21.03. LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena
29.03. DE – Bremen, Tivoli
03.04. DE – Munich, Backstage
05.04. DE – Jena, F Haus
07.04. NL – Tilburg, 013
10.04. ISR – Tel Aviv, TBA

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