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Therion

Formed during the late '80s, Swedish death metal band Therion was led by vocalist, guitarist, and composer Christofer Johnsson. Originally rounded out by lead guitarist Peter Hansson, bassist Erik Gustafson, and drummer Oskar Forss, the group debuted in 1990 with the LP Of Darkness. Gustafson exited soon after, and as a three-piece Therion returned in 1991 with Beyond Sanctorum. By 1993's Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas, only Johnsson remained from the original lineup, and he was now backed by guitarist Magnus Barthelson, bassist Andreas Wallan Wahl, and drummer Piotr Wawrzeniuk. The album marked the beginnings of a more experimental approach, with Johnsson incorporating more orchestrations and pseudo-classical aspirations, plus some industrial textures. Both Barthelson and Wahl were gone by 1995's The Beauty in Black EP, with the addition of bassist Fredrik Isaksson again returning Therion to a trio format. The same roster appeared on the full-length follow-up, Lepaca Kliffoth, which built on the experiments of Symphony Masses, but by 1996's Theli, Isaksson too had hit the road, making way for the arrival of guitarist Jonas Mellberg and bassist Lars Rosenberg. Theli was almost universally acclaimed as the apex of Therion's career to date, fully realizing Johnsson's taste for elaborate, operatic grandeur. Mellberg was absent for 1997's A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming, and by the following year's Vovin, Johnsson was performing with an entirely new supporting unit consisting of second guitarist Tommy Eriksson, bassist Jan Kazda, and drummer Wolf Simons. Crowning of Atlantis followed in 1999 with the same personnel, but Johnsson jettisoned this lineup for early 2000's Deggial, recruiting guitarist Kristian Niemann, bassist Johan Niemann, and drummer Sami Karppinen. In 2001 Therion released Secret of the Runes, a conceptual piece that featured heavily orchestrated tracks, each representing one of the nine planes of Norse mythology. Live in Midgard arrived the following year, chronicling the band's 2001 tours of South America and Europe. Therion took the next year off and began work on their most ambitious project yet, Lemuria and Sirius B. Originally slated for release as two separate entities, the sprawling 21-track explosion of classical, choral, and heavy metal excess was released as a two-disc set in 2004. Therion continued the excess with the 2007 release of the two-disc Gothic Kabbalah on Nuclear Blast. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Les Fleurs Du Mal

1. Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son

2. Une Fleur Dans Le Coeur

3. Initials B.B.

4. Mon Amour, Mon Ami

5. Polichinelle

6. La Maritza

7. Soer Angelique

8. Dis-Moi Poupee

9. Lilith

10. En Alabama

11. Wahala Manitou

12. Je N'ai Besoin Que De Tendresse

13. La Licorne D'or

14. J'ai Le Mal De Toi

15. Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son

16. Les Sucettes

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Track List: Sitra Ahra

1. Sitra Ahra

2. Kings Of Edom

3. Unguentum Sabbati

4. Land Of Canaan

5. Hellequin

6. 2012

7. Cuchulainn

8. Kali Yuga III

9. The Shells Are Open

10. Din

11. Chlidren Of The Stone: After The Inquistion

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Track List: The Miskolc Experience (Live)

Disc 1

1. Clavicula Nox (Live In Miskolc)

2. Dvorak: Excerpt From Symphony No. 9 (Live In Miskolc)

3. Verdi: Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spotigle From Il Trovatore (Live In Miskolc)

4. Mozart: "Dies Irae" From Reqiuem (Live In Miskolc)

5. Saint-Saens: Excerpt From Symphony No. 3 (Live In Miskolc)

6. Wagner: "Notung! Notung! Niedliches Schwert!" From The Ring (Live In Miskolc)

7. Wagner: Excerpt From The Overture From Rienzi (Live In Miskolc)

8. Wagner: Second Part Of "Der Tag Ist Da" From Rienzzi (Live In Miskolc)

9. Wagner: First Part Of "Herbei! Herbei!" From Rienzi (Live In Miskolc)

Disc 2

1. Blood Of Kingu (Live In Miskolc)

2. Sirius B (Live In Miskolc)

3. Lemuria (Live In Miskolc)

4. Eternal Return (Live In Miskolc)

5. Draconian Trilogy (Live In Miskolc)

6. Schwartsalbenheim (Live In Miskolc)

7. Via Nocturna (Live In Miskolc)

8. The Rise Of Sodom And Gommorrah (Live In Miskolc)

9. Grand Finale (Live In Miskolc)

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Track List: Live Gothic

Disc 1

2. Schwarzalbenheim

3. Blood Of Kingu

4. Falling Stone

5. Arrow From The Sun

6. Deggial

7. Wine Of Aluqah

8. Perennial Sophia

9. Son Of The Sun

10. Son Of The Staves Of Time

11. Birth Of Venus Illegitima

13. Drum Solo

14. Muspelheim

Disc 2

1. Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah

2. Ginnungagap

3. Grand Finale

4. Lemuria

5. Wand Of Abaris

6. Nightside Of Eden

7. To Mega Therion

8. Thor (The Powerhead)

Disc 3
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Track List: Gothic Kabbalah

Disc 1

1. Der Mitternachtslowe

2. Gothic Kabbalah

3. The Perennial Sophia

4. Wisdom And The Cage

5. Son Of The Staves Of Time

6. Tuna 1613

7. Trul

8. Close Up The Streams

Disc 2

1. The Wand Of Abaris

2. Three Treasures

3. Path To Arcady

4. The Trinity

5. Chain Of Minerva

6. The Falling Stone

7. Adulruna Rediviva

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Track List: Celebrators Of Becoming

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Blood Of Kingu

3. Uthark Runa

4. Seven Secrets Of The Sphinx

5. Asgard

6. Son Of The Sun

7. Invocation Of Naamah

8. Typhon

9. Draconian Trilogy

10. Flesh Of The Gods

11. Schwarzalbenheim

12. Ginnungagap

Disc 2

1. In Remembrance

2. Wild Hunt

3. The Invincible

4. Melez

5. Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah

6. The Khlysti Evangelist

7. Siren Of The Woods

8. Quetzalcoatl

9. Wine Of Aluqah

10. Cults Of The Shadow

11. To Mega Therion

12. Iron Fist

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Track List: Atlantis Lucid Dreaming

1. In Remembrance

2. Black Fairy

3. Fly To The Rainbow

4. Under Jolly Roger

5. Symphony Of The Dead

6. Here Comes The Tears

7. The Crowning Of Atlantis

8. Mark Of Cain

9. Clavicula Nox

10. Crazy Nights

11. From The Dionysian Days

12. Thor

13. Seawinds

14. Black Sun

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Track List: Lemuria / Sirius B

Disc 1

1. Typhon

2. Uthark Runa

5. Lemuria

6. Quetzalcoatl

7. The Dreams Of Swedenborg

8. An Arrow From The Sun

9. Abraxas

Disc 2

1. The Blood Of Kingu

2. Son Of The Sun

3. The Khlysti Evangelist

4. Dark Venus Persephone

5. Kali Yuga Part 1

6. Kali Yuga Part 2

8. Melek Taus

9. Call Of Dagon

10. Sirius B

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Track List: Live In Midgard

Disc 1

1. Ginnungagap (Live)

2. Invocation Of Naamah (Live)

3. Birth Of Venus Illegitima (Live)

4. Enter Vril-Ya (Live)

5. Riders Of Theli (Live)

6. Symphony Of The Dead (Live)

7. A Black Rose (Live)

8. The Return (Live)

9. Baal Reginon (Live)

10. Flesh Of The Gods (Live)

11. Seawinds (Live)

12. Schwarzalbenheim (Live)

13. In The Desert Of Set (Live)

Disc 2

1. The Wings Of The Hydra (Live)

2. Asgard (Live)

3. The Secret Of The Runes (Live)

4. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah (Live)

5. Summernight City (Live)

6. Beauty In Black (Live)

7. Seven Secrets Of The Sphinx (Live)

8. The Wine Of Aluqah (Live)

9. The Raven Of Dispersion (Live)

10. To Mega Therion (Live)

11. Cults Of The Shadow (Live)

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Track List: Deggial

1. Seven Secrets Of The Sphinx

2. Eternal Return

3. Enter Vril-Ya

4. Ship Of Luna

5. The Invincible

6. Deggial

7. Emerald Crown

8. The Flight Of The Lord Of Flies

9. Flesh Of The Gods

10. Via Nocturna Part I, II

11. O Fortuna

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Track List: Crowning Of Atlantis

1. The Crowning Of Atlantis

2. Mark Of Cain

3. Clavicula Nox

4. Crazy Nights

5. From The Dionysian Days

6. Thor

7. Seawinds

8. To Mega Therion (Live)

9. The Wings Of The Hydra (Live)

10. Black Sun (Live)

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Track List: Vovin

1. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah

2. Birth Of Venus Illegitima

3. Wine Of Aluqah

4. Clavicula Nox

5. The Wild Hunt

6. Eye Of Shiva

7. Black Sun

8. The Opening (Draconian Trilogy)

9. Morning Star (Draconian Trilogy)

10. Black Diamonds (Draconian Trilogy)

11. Raven Of Dispersion

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Track List: Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas

1. Baal Reginon

2. Dark Princess Naamah

3. A Black Rose

4. Symphoni Drakonis Inferni

5. Dawn Of Perishness

6. The Eye Of Eclipse

7. The Ritualdance Of The Yezidis

8. Powerdance

9. Procreation Of Eternity

10. Ho Dracon Ho Megas

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Track List: A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming

1. In Remembrance

2. Black Fairy

3. Fly To The Rainbow

4. Children Of The Damned

5. Under Jolly Roger

6. Symphony Of The Dead (Instrumental Version)

7. Here Comes The Tears

8. Enter Transcendental Sleep

9. The Quiet Desert

10. Down The Qliphotic Tunnel

11. Up To Netzach/Floating Back

12. The Fall Into Eclipse

13. Enter Transcendental Sleep

14. The Gates To A'arab Zaraq Are Open

15. The Quiet Desert

16. Down The Qliphotic Tunnel

17. Up To Netzach

18. Floating Back

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Track List: Theli

1. Preludium

2. To Mega Therion

3. Cults Of The Shadows

4. In The Desert Of Set

5. Interludium

6. Nightside Of Eden

7. Opus Eclipse

8. Invocation Of Naamah

9. The Siren Of The Woods

10. Grande Finale / Postludium

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Track List: Lepaca Kliffoth

1. Wing Of The Hydra

2. Melez

3. The Arrival Of The Darkest Queen

4. The Beauty In Black

5. Riders Of Theli

6. Black

7. Darkness Eve

8. Sorrows Of The Moon

9. Let The New Day Begin

10. Lepaca Kliffoth

11. Evocation Of Vovin

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Track List: Beyond Sanctorum

1. Future Consciousness

2. Pandemonic Outbreak

3. Cthulhu

4. Symphony Of The Dead

5. Beyond Sanctorum

6. Enter The Depths Of Eternal Darkness

7. Illusions Of Life

8. The Way

9. Paths

10. Tyrants Of The Damned

11. Cthulhu

12. Future Consciousness

13. Symphony Of The Dead

14. Beyond Sanctorum

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Track List: Of Darkness

1. The Return

2. Asphyxiate With Fear

3. Morbid Reality

4. Megalomaniac (Edited Version)

5. A Suburb To Hell

6. Genocidal Raids

7. Time Shall Tell

8. Dark Eternity

9. A Suburb To Hell

10. Asphyxiate With Fear

11. Time Shall Tell

12. Dark Eternity

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the hell? therion isn't in the genre of death metal at all! whomever writes up the genre descriptions on this site doesn't know their a** from a hole in the ground.
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jlongz
What Therion needs to lose are listeners who just don't get it. Therion is pushing the boundaries of metal in their own way. What the big 4 did to Thrash Metal and Norway did to Black Metal Therion is doing to Symphonic Metal. Hands down the best at their game.
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alabastervil l i s 0
lose the keyboards, lose the singer, lose the opera chicks in the background and maybe just maybe ud have a good metal band
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Vovin was definitely my favorite album back in the day.
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Theli was an awesome album, but this is crap.
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rawkn85
yea, loudness 1985..whoa.. t i m e warping...nN N O O O o o o o . . .
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Yes. Gothika ! Kabbalah .
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+Follow this artist: http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / h u g o - v a z q u e z
on Pandora
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paulsuhultz9 1 5 7
not death metal just great metal.try celebrations of becoming,liv e in mexico city 2001.good video
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mevans23095
Reminds me of ErA a bit
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never heard of this group, f**king great sound Loudness did song first
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This is a Manowar cover correct from the 84' Sign of the Hammer Album?
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Therion is by far the only band that taps into the soul with their music. The lyrics aren't half bad either. Love it and that's coming from a musician.
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Hey guys, as a general rule, all that superstitiou s CRAP that people post is stupid, moronic, and utterly foolhardy, and anyone who says otherwise is an addle-braine d chicken nugget.
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I fortuna ;)
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I'm pretty sure in To Mega Therion they don't say Powers of Thanksgiving check the lyrics.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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There's a connection to Aleister Crowley here, for sure. Love this group.
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Their first few albums were Of Darkness... Symphony Masses and Lepaca Kliffoth. All decent death metal. Still my fav is Secret of the Runes. But I think their best line up occured during the Gothic Kabbalah era.
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mrwarlord
Nothing better then this material
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anyone know what there first album was?
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Complex complex complex complex only for the thinking mind. Music is awesome .
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Unoriginal comment saying that this sounds nothing like death metal, because I miserably fail at being hipster like that.
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Therion started as death metal, but then morphed into symphonic metal. The morphing process is sort of alluded to in the article as 'experiments . '
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yea l agree..this is not death metal its something more..awesom e r than that lol! :)
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such an awesome band :)
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does any 1 else all of a sudden crave thelli... im starten
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fink9000
Pretty cool, but I woudln't call it DEATH metal. Maybe some revision of the bio is in order?
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Neat, a Manowar cover
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Pandora Admins, please put up the actual cover art for Live Gothic instead of showing the disc/booklet packaging. http://www.n u c l e a r b l a s t . d e / d e / l a b e l / m u s i c / r e l e a s e s / d a t e i e n / 1 2 0 9 3 7 1 6 3 9 _ l a r g e . j p g ? x = 3 3 0 & y = 3 3 0
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Loudness all the way!! maybe a remake...but Loudness owns this!!!
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jarniely
I WILL SUVIVOR FOR THE CANCER, I LOVED THIS MUSIC AND OTHERS GROUPS, THANKS
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Lump not so sure about that. I posted that I'd like to hook up with Rebecca Romjin and by golly about 3 days later she knocked at my front door. I'm totally serious!!
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Oh oh... this was Loudness, the Japanese Metal band doing Crazy Nights. No Therion here.
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These guys are wonderfully unique and inventive. Their hyper-crypti c lyrics about obscure occult topics help to add to their "mystery" and uniqueness. <3 Therion.
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weird a** stuff--but mesmerizing in a likeable way--have to respect them for being completely unique
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maxhammer200 5
Again, MAG music from Northern Europe- please come see us. Here everyone is lost- but try anyway!
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maxhammer200 5
Carl Orf, Palestrina ! Beethoven, Bach, And other Masters of Real Magnitude would love you all!! I Do!
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maxhammer200 5
Thanks Therion!! Especially for NOT Growling or screaming!!
(EEcch!) I love the laid-back ferocity of the drummer's snare.
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slackenstein
Nice cover of the Loudness Classic... I enjoyed it alot...
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maxhammer200 5
Theli is my fav. WOW!! A Masterwork!! ! Here's an album Carl Orf, Beethoven, Palestrina, and Iron Maiden would love! Please come to USA! I know Americans are weird, empty and tasteless, but try anyway. OK?
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@Zach Dewitt: Therion's original demos and early albums were in fact Death Metal (except for the one that was Doom Metal), making the initial sentence in that bio quite accurate. The problem is that it's extremely outdated, as Therion has long since abandoned any ties they might have to their Death Metal origins - they're generally recognized as the earliest pioneers of the modern Symphonic Metal sub-genre, and all their material on Pandora is from that period of their sound.
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Death Metal? I think not
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Sitra Ahra in two weeks....Kin g s of Edom and Sitra Ahra are excellent, Hellequin is cool as s**t...recom m e n d picking up their live cd from the Mskolec (spelling) experience.. . b a n d + orchestra but not like other groups..yout u b e . c o m has a lot of stuff if you don't want to wait for Pandora to cycle around to an actual Therion song
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maxhammer200 5
Such symphonic power!! Theli is my fav. Sound is like Carl Orf Carmina Burana and Beethoven with Virgil Donati on drums.
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@Eric: I love their cover of Summernight City. Wish I could find a copy of the song. :(
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@OMW: haven't heard too many of their earlier albums. :( I certainly plan on it, though. Gothic Kabbalah is pretty good, but not as good as Lemuria/Siri u s B, though.
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Birth of Venus Illegitima, Uthark Runa and their Abba cover Summernight City are my favs. Plus the band is so musically gifted it seems they destroy the bands they support at those huge festivals - converting the masses.
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Just gave Gothic Kabbalah a hardcore listen. Not bad ... interesting direction Therion is taking here. They are definitely still departing from their roots, which may upset some older fans. I think this album is much better in terms of keeping fresh and vibrant than Lemuria/Siri u s B. L/S-B has some really good tracks, but as an album, I find it to be not Therion's best work.
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