THERION
Symphonic Metal / Death Metal • Sweden

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Therion, formerly known as Blitzkrieg (1987-1988) and Megatherion (1988), is a symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in Upplands Väsby, Sweden in 1987. In April 2008, Christofer stated that the musicians are parting in their own ways, however the band has not officially disbanded, Christofer is currently looking for new band members to continue the musical work.

Therion was initially a death metal band, however starting with 1995’s Lepaca Kliffoth, Therion began to gradually incorporate symphonic elements into their metal music. The band has seen many changes in line-up and style throughout its history. Only Christofer Johnsson, Kristian Niemann (guitars), Johan Niemann (bass), and Petter Karlsson (drums) were considered the constant members. All others, including vocalists like Sarah Jezebel Deva, Piotr Wawrzenuk, and Mats Levén, are session members.

Beginning as a death metal band, they later turned to combining orchestral elements with their metal music, employing heavy use of
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.. Album Cover 3.12 | 6 ratings
Of Darkness...
Death Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 3.67 | 10 ratings
Beyond Sanctorum
Death Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 4.05 | 11 ratings
Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas
Death Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.96 | 13 ratings
Lepaca Kliffoth
Death Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.23 | 29 ratings
Theli
Symphonic Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 4.05 | 26 ratings
Vovin
Symphonic Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 2.88 | 10 ratings
Crowning of Atlantis
Symphonic Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.27 | 15 ratings
Deggial
Symphonic Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 3.71 | 19 ratings
Secret of the Runes
Symphonic Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.26 | 20 ratings
Lemuria
Symphonic Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.57 | 24 ratings
Sirius B
Symphonic Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.92 | 23 ratings
Gothic Kabbalah
Symphonic Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.81 | 19 ratings
Sitra Ahra
Symphonic Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 8 ratings
Les Fleurs Du Mal
Symphonic Metal 2012

THERION EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Time Shall Tell
Death Metal 1990

THERION live albums

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Live in Midgård
Symphonic Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Celebrators of Becoming
Symphonic Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Gothic
Symphonic Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 2.45 | 4 ratings
The Miskolc Experience
Symphonic Metal 2009

THERION demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paroxysmal Holocaust
Death Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beyond the Darkest Veils of Inner Wickedness
Death Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal
Death Metal 1990

THERION boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming
Symphonic Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Chapters Of Revelation
Death Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Atlantis Lucid Dreaming
Symphonic Metal 2005

THERION singles (2)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Beauty in Black
Symphonic Metal 1995
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Siren of the Woods
Symphonic Metal 1996

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Celebrators of Becoming
Symphonic Metal 2006
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Adulruna Rediviva and Beyond
Symphonic Metal 2014

THERION Reviews

THERION Theli

Album · 1996 · Symphonic Metal
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Having recently purchased the 2014 remastered and expanded edition, I have fallen under the spell of the mighty THERION with their landmark album THELI. This album has become one of the greatest representations of just how well a death metal band can retain the pummeling ferocity of their roots while totally integrating the symphonic tenderness of classical music and the pompousness of classical opera, thus in effect totally reinventing itself without losing what came before. After all, their very name THERION is a Greek word for “beast,” and on this album THELI, which is the name of the great dragon in the ancient Jewish scripts of the Sefer Yetzirah, the band developed a totally new sound and although it can be a recipe that more often fails than triumphs, in THELI's case I would have to say it is an outstanding victory.

I think the reason why this whole thing works so well is because the band members didn't have the audacity to perform and create every new aspect of this music themselves. They incorporated a whole host of different players including not one but two choirs.... the North German Radio Choir and the Siren Choir. In addition to this we also get Dan Swano of Edge Of Santiy lending some guest vocals and many, many keyboardists covering a whole spectrum of sounds ranging from grand piano to symphonic progressive runs. Another wise decision was to incorporate the lyrical contributions of Thomas Karlsson as the sole writer of lyrics to provide the album with the esoteric feel that were derived from his mystical order called the Dragon Rouge. He would continue to be the lyricist from this point on.

On the remastered version we also get three bonus tracks, none of which are essential but pleasant as well as a DVD with the entirety of the album performed live in Budapest in 2007. A grand testimony to the efforts and ingenuity that went into the creation of this musical behemoth that hasn't aged badly at all and album that I love to listen to on regular basis. Mmmmmagnificent!

THERION Sitra Ahra

Album · 2010 · Symphonic Metal
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Warthur
Therion don't quite sell out with this album, but it is undeniable that Sitra Ahra is vastly more approachable and accessible than the dense double album of Gothic Kabbalah, and they seem less averse to throwing in some entertainingly catchy hooks into their compositions than usual. It's certainly a far cry from the ugly occult symphonic death metal they started out with, but the purists parted way with Therion a good long time ago, and this release focuses on their symphonic strengths whilst simultaneously coming up with enough novel twists to keep things feeling fresh and vibrant and to convince me that maybe Therion still have a bit of gas left in the tank.

THERION Les Fleurs Du Mal

Album · 2012 · Symphonic Metal
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Warthur
Therion get their Serge Gainsbourg on with this collection of generic metal-flavoured covers of classic French pop songs. It's an interesting experiment in exploring what metal can learn from this unexpected quarter, but all it makes me want to do is go listen to the originals rather than sit through these Therion-by-numbers adaptations of old material. I can sit through one or two of these at the time, but the schtick begins to wear thin after five minutes or so and perhaps Therion would have been better simply taking this style of songwriting and adding motifs reminiscent of the genre to original compositions of their own rather than adhering to the original tunes as strictly as they do here.

THERION Gothic Kabbalah

Album · 2007 · Symphonic Metal
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Warthur
A double symphonic metal concept album about how divine wisdom percolates down to humanity with a gothic aesthetic and flirtations with more progressive music styles? Ah, it must be a Therion project - and on Gothic Kabbalah, late-period Therion turns in perhaps its most complete album. Does it merit being a double album? Well, mmmmmmaybe not, there's certainly some fat here and there that could be trimmed, but it feels more varied and fresh than much of the band's post-Theli output and it stays fresh right to the album closer, the thirteen minute epic Adulruna Rediviva. It isn't quite Therion going prog, but it's perhaps the closest they'll come to it.

THERION Sirius B

Album · 2004 · Symphonic Metal
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Though I wasn't too impressed with its companion album, Lemuria, I found Sirius B to be a much more diverse and interesting take on the Therion sound. With pieces ranging from the likes of Blood of Kingu, with a directness and ferocity which almost puts me in mind of a NWOBHM piece, to multilayered symphonic-gothic pieces like the title track, it takes the listener on a wide-ranging cosmic journey. Though the lyrical concepts may be far-fetched, the dramatic musical backing ensures that proceedings never lurch into self-parody, and the more adventurous and diverse compositional style makes the album feel much fresher than its Lemurian twin.

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