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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, Rovi
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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.
I fortuna ;)
I'm pretty sure in To Mega Therion they don't say Powers of Thanksgiving check the lyrics.
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
There's a connection to Aleister Crowley here, for sure. Love this group.
Yes
Dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary beacause it actually works!
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.
mrwarlord
Nothing better then this material
anyone know what there first album was?
Complex complex complex complex only for the thinking mind. Music is awesome .
Unoriginal comment saying that this sounds nothing like death metal, because I miserably fail at being hipster like that.
Therion started as death metal, but then morphed into symphonic metal. The morphing process is sort of alluded to in the article as 'experiments . '
yea l agree..this is not death metal its something more..awesom e r than that lol! :)
such an awesome band :)
does any 1 else all of a sudden crave thelli... im starten
fink9000
Pretty cool, but I woudln't call it DEATH metal. Maybe some revision of the bio is in order?
Neat, a Manowar cover
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
Loudness all the way!! maybe a remake...but Loudness owns this!!!
jarniely
I WILL SUVIVOR FOR THE CANCER, I LOVED THIS MUSIC AND OTHERS GROUPS, THANKS
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!!
Oh oh... this was Loudness, the Japanese Metal band doing Crazy Nights. No Therion here.
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.
weird a** stuff--but mesmerizing in a likeable way--have to respect them for being completely unique
maxhammer200 5
Again, MAG music from Northern Europe- please come see us. Here everyone is lost- but try anyway!
maxhammer200 5
Carl Orf, Palestrina ! Beethoven, Bach, And other Masters of Real Magnitude would love you all!! I Do!
maxhammer200 5
Thanks Therion!! Especially for NOT Growling or screaming!!
(EEcch!) I love the laid-back ferocity of the drummer's snare.
slackenstein
Nice cover of the Loudness Classic... I enjoyed it alot...
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?
@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.
Death Metal? I think not
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
maxhammer200 5
Such symphonic power!! Theli is my fav. Sound is like Carl Orf Carmina Burana and Beethoven with Virgil Donati on drums.
@Eric: I love their cover of Summernight City. Wish I could find a copy of the song. :(
@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.
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.
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.
@Yoho: Yes they are, and I listed them as a single album as it's really just a double dist album. Even in the same album however, the music gets quite redundant.

Don't get me wrong tho, I LOVE Therion, and have many of their albums, plan to acquire more. Up until Lemuria/Seri u s B, they had astounding diversity and complexity in their sound.
Apparently, I'm one of the few who gets to hear Therion. Wow, you guys are missing out!
"The Dionysian Days" Lovin' it! Thumbs up!
@OMW: You know those were essentially the respective halves of a double album, right? It's not really surprising they'd sound alike.

Now Gothic Kabbalah, that is a seriously awesome album.
It's the whole scale of the music, the grandeur, if you will.
Love Therion, but their newer stuff tends to get a bit repetitive. Many of the songs on Lemuria / Sirius B use the double sixteenth-ei g h t h rhythm.
Or use that email address.
Yeah, or you can just e-mail suggest-musi c @ P a n d o r a . c o m with your suggestions but keep in mind that they get tons of suggestions per day and it will take some time for them to decide put your suggestion on Pandora.
There's actually a link you can follow on the "help" button. It has a list of FAQ's, including "Can I suggest music?" The answer has a link to email their staff about it.
I'd imagine you email them? Just guessing since I haven't ever had occasion to do that myself.

After seeing Therion name-dropped all over the place, they finally played on my station, and I found it to be quite enjoyable, so huzzah for that.
Um, HOW do you suggest stuff to Pandora? There are a few things I would like to suggest...
absofuckingl u t e l y , m o r e of this.
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