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Therion Profile




Nuclear Blast Records


Starting out as a no-frills death metal band, Swedish band Therion would completely change their sound in the mid ‘90s, adding in more operatic and classical influences. Choirs and orchestration would become the norm in Therion’s core sound. Even with many lineup changes, Therion has still kept to a symphonic metal sound, with the band’s mastermind Christofer Johnsson leading the way.

Early Days:

Therion was formed in 1988 after the demise of Johnsson’s former band, Blitzkrieg. In the beginning, the band was rooted in thrash/death metal ala Venom and Metallica. For the first few years, the band recorded a couple of demos, before releasing their debut album, 1991’s Of Darkness.

Therion’s sophomore album Beyond Sanctorum would showcase a more progressive side of the band, with keyboards and female vocals used sparingly. The band’s sound, however, was still rooted in death metal at the time. 1993’s Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas was a darker and more experimental sound for the band, while 1995’s Lepaca Kliffoth foreshadowed what the future held for Therion.

Shift In Sound:

Therion’s fifth album, 1996’s Theli, would mark the complete change in the band’s sound, incorporating choirs and a heavy keyboard presence. The sales of the band went up, and the fan base began to grow. Johnsson decided to stick with this direction. 1998’s Vovin would sell over 100,000 copies in Europe, and Therion became a huge underground metal hit almost overnight.

A Consistent Catalog:

Sticking with their new sound, Therion would release a steady stream of albums over the next decade or so. The major releases from the band included the 2001 concept album Secret Of The Runes and the one-two punch of and Lemuria and Sirius B, which were both put out in 2004. Throughout it all, the only member to stay throughout the collection of releases was frontman Christofer Johnsson

Current Day:

In 2007, Therion released the double album Gothic Kabbalah. A live album, Live Gothic, came from a performance recorded during the touring cycle for Gothic Kabbalah.

If You Like Therion, You Might Want To Check Out:

Evergrey, After Forever, Nightwish

Current Therion Band Members:

Christofer Johnsson- Guitar, keyboards
Nalle Påhlsson- Bass
Johan Kullberg- Drums

Session Vocalists
Thomas Vikström (Candlemass)
Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate)
Katarina Lilja
Lori Lewis

Former Band Members:

Sarah Jezebel Deva- Vocals (1997-2002)
Martina Astner- Vocals (1998-1999)
Risto Hämäläinen- Vocals (2000-2006)
Karin Fjellander- Vocals (2004-2006)
Mats Levén- Vocals (2004-2006)
Peter Hansson- Guitar (1988-1993)
Magnus Barthelson- Guitar (1993)
Jonas Mellberg- Guitar (1995-1996)
Tommy Eriksson- Guitar (1998-1999)
Kristian Niemann- Guitar (2000-2008)
Erik Gustafsson- Bass (1988-1992)
Andreas Wallan Wahl- Bass (1993)
Fredrik Isaksson- Bass (1995)
Lars Rosenberg- Bass (1996-1997)
Jan Kazda- Bass (1998-1999)
Johan Niemann- Bass (2000-2008)
Oskar Forss- Drums (1988-1992)
Piotr Wawrzeniuk- Drums (1993-1997)
Wolf Simon- Drums (1998-1999)
Sami Karppinen- Drums (2000-2001)
Richard Evensand- Drums (2001-2004)
Petter Karlsson- Drums (2004-2008)

Therion Discography:

1991 Of Darkness… (Deaf)
1992 Beyond Sanctorum (Active)
1993 Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas (Megarock)
1995 Lepaca Kliffoth (Megarock)
1996 Theli (Nuclear Blast)
1997 A'arab Zaraq - Lucid Dreaming (Nuclear Blast)
1998 Vovin (Nuclear Blast)
2000 Deggial (Nuclear Blast)
2001 Secret Of The Ruins (Nuclear Blast)
2002 Live In Midgard (Nuclear Blast)
2004 Lemuria (Nuclear Blast)
2004 Sirius B (Nuclear Blast)
2007 Gothic Kabbalah (Nuclear Blast)
2008 Live Gothic (Nuclear Blast)
2010 Sitra Ahra (Nuclear Blast)
2012 Les Fleurs Du Mal (End Of The Light)

Recommended Therion Album:

The album where Therion completely changed to a symphonic metal sound, Theli was a revolutionary album for the band. While teasing this direction for years, Therion finally jumped the gun and attempted something unique. It worked out well, as the album became the starting point of a new era for Therion. Theli is best remembered for epic classics like “The Siren Of The Woods” and “Nightside Of Eden.”

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