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Death [Thrash] Metal

Therion - The Return

Therion - Aspyxiate With Fear

Therion - Morbid Reality

Therion - Megalomaniac

Therion - A Suburb To Hell

Therion - Genocidal Raids

Therion - Time Shall Tell


Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Stockholm
Status: Active
Formed in: 1988
Genre: Death Metal (early), Symphonic|Operatic Metal (later)
Lyrical themes: Mythology, Occultism, Ancient religions
Current label: Nuclear Blast

Years active:

1987-1988 (as Blitzkrieg)
1988 (as Megatherion), 1988-present

Additional Notes

Therion is Greek for "wild beast".

Back in the year 1987, Christofer Johnsson formed the metal band Blitzkrieg in Upplands Väsby, a suburb of Stockholm. What genre they played is discussed, as their influences mostly were major thrash bands, but they sounded more like the big extreme bands of that era. He was the bassist and vocalist. The line-up was complete with Peter Hansson on guitar and Oskar Forss on drums. This line-up, however, only lasted for two gigs when they decided to split-up in early 1988. A few months later Chris started playing guitar instead and, influenced by Celtic Frost, he called the band Megatherion and played death metal. Peter Hansson played guitar in the new band as well. Later Oskar returned and bassist Erik Gustafsson joined. Erik had just left another Swedish underground death metal group called Dismember.

After a short while, the name was changed to Therion. With this line-up the two demos, the first EP and the first full-length were recorded, however on the Paroxysmal Holocaust demo Matti Kärki performed the vocals. Beyond the Darkest Veils of Inner Wickedness was the first Therion release Chris sung. The EP, Time Shall Tell, was nothing more than a demo recording that got released as a record instead of cassette.

After the 1000 copies had sold, the bookstore bootlegged another 1000. Shortly after, they signed to Deaf Records where they released Of Darkness. This album consisted of songs that Chris had written in the '80s. The newer songs were saved for the forthcoming album. After this quite progressive death metal album, Therion signed to Active Records. Now the bass player, Erik, had to move back to his native country, the USA, so Chris had to play bass once again. The lyrical concept had changed from society issues to occultism. The record received very good reviews and the band was offered their first shows in Holland and Belgium.

Oskar, now awaiting his second child, chose to leave the band. Peter also stepped back due to health and musical reasons. A new line-up with Piotr Wawrzeniuk (from Chris' other band, Carbonized) on drums, Andreas Wahl on bass, and Magnus Barthelsson on guitar was formed.

This new line-up was the start of a new era. While Beyond Sanctorum was experimental, it was without any doubt death metal. Chris wanted to experiment more and go much further, with the result being Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas. This wild move of experimenting with jazz, industrial music, gothic chanting, '80s heavy metal, and so on in the traditional old school metal scene caused some disorder.

Therion was transferred from Active Records to the owners' new label, Megarock Records. Therion toured supporting Grave and Massacra as well as a couple headlining shows in Germany. At this time there was nothing but work, work and work for Therion.

Shortly Magnus and Andreas gave up on Therion. Fredrik Isaksson became the new bass player and Therion was once again a trio. Chris went off to record an album with the Swiss band Messiah. When he came back, Nuclear Blast wanted to sign Therion, however there was still a contract for one album with Megarock, but the relationship between Megarock and Therion was so good that Therion was released without any financial claims.

The result was the 1995 album Lepaca Kliffoth, which was more experimental yet and featured soprano and bass-baritone vocals, more keyboards, more Persian influences, more melodies, Chris singing a newer more hardcore way. The final bounds to death metal had by now been cut off. They toured with Annihilator in Germany and went on a small headline voyage into South America with Tommy Ericsson on second guitar. Fredrik's personal problems prevented him from touring, so Lars Rosenberg was hired as a session bassist. Now Piotr declared that he had problems with Fredrik, so Fredrik was fired. Then Lars was fired from Entombed and became the permanent bass player in Therion. Still, as they didn't sell too well, they didn't have the budget they needed, so Chris called up Nuclear Blast director Markus Steiger and explained the situation. "No more albums based on my vocals and I need two choirs, a better recording studio, two producers, and more time in the studio. If not I'd rather give up the band and stay happy with what I achieved so far". Luckily, Steiger approved. Ex-Unanimated guitarist Jonas Mellberg was brought in and Therion recorded their most important album ever.

Therion doubted that Theli would sell. Chris spoke to Piotr about it and said that this would be the final record, as it would be a flop just as every other Therion release. Piotr didn't want this to be the last record, but did accept the situation and started studying history instead. Dan Swanö performed some vocals on Theli as well as Chris, Piotr, and the two choirs. Jonas and Lars both had alcohol problems and during the recording of an Iron Maiden tribute song Jonas left the studio without a word and would never come back to the band.

The sales doubled compared to Lepaca Kliffoth's in just a month. They were offered touring with Amorphis. Theli was the successful breakthrough the band needed and was also the start of unimaginable stress.

The album had cost Nuclear Blast around 28.000 Euro to record, which was by far the highest in the history of Nuclear Blast, so Chris couldn't ask them to pay for tour. He asked his friends to help him out. Tommy played drums this time as Piotr was occupied with his studies and Chris got in touch with some amateur singers to perform the songs live. Tobias Sidegård of Necrophobic got free beer on the tour to play guitar and Kimberley Goss was hired to play the keyboards and perform some backing vocals. During the tour, Lars' drinking problem got worse and the soprano and the tenor started taking drugs. At the end of the tour they were all fired and not welcomed back.

The sales had increased so much that they were booked for a second tour, this time with Piotr and two professional sopranos. Andreas Wahl performed bass on this tour. Even so, the fans hungered to see the band. A third European tour was announced with Lake of Tears and Crematory with Therion headlining the tours outside Germany. This was all in one year!

The same year, A'arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming was released. It was a strange album that consisted of a couple Theli songs, covers, and a soundtrack Chris did for an art film called The Golden Embrace. Even with a new record deal, big budgets, and fans buying their albums, there was still one problem - there was no one but Chris in the band. He recorded Vovin with hired professional studio musicians in Wolf Simons and Jan Kazda. This was more of a solo album for Chris than a Therion album. Vovin marked the change into the later, more melodic Therion.

Once again, the sales doubled compared to those of the last album. The underground band that had struggled for its survival was now the best selling band on Nuclear Blast. Sami Karppinen performed drums on the tours and was offered a permanent seat in the band. Parts of a planned mini-CD (Crowning of Atlantis) were recorded, but Nuclear Blast wanted to make it a full-length, so a couple of live songs were added and the album was released in 1999. Sami had good contacts among high-skilled musicians in Sweden and so Kristian Niemann joined the band as guitarist. Later his brother, Johan, joined as bass player.

While this was a full line-up and a completely new band, Chris had already written follow-up Deggial. The new band members didn't have much time or chance to contribute to the music.

Therion recorded their first concept album, Secret of the Runes, inspired by the Viking alphabets and mythology. The budget was mostly spent on building Therion's very own recording studio called Modern Art.

Secret of the Runes was yet again a more complex and melodic album, but the reviews varied. After the tour, Sami left the band to work full time as sound tech in the studio. Richard Evensand was the new drummer. A few of the concerts during the tour ended up on Therion's first live album, Live in Midgard, which was released in 2002, the 15th year of Therion's life.

Now, Therion had put a lot of songs on the shelf and wanted to get rid of them. They had material for three albums and decided to release two of them at once, Lemuria and Sirius B. This was yet again a change. The albums were more bombastic than ever, a word that Nuclear Blast, ever since Therion's breakthrough, try to associate every band with. The budget was higher than ever and more money was spent.

In total, 171 musicians and singers were involved in making the albums. The albums were released as a 2CD digibook for the price of one album and was followed by a massive European and South American tour. Also, the Niemann brothers had been busy writing more extreme songs, and so the Demonoid project was launched. After the Sirius B and Lemuria albums, plans for a six-disc DVD box containing two CDs, live shows, and a historical section were spread to the public. It was to be released in the spring of 2006.

In the meantime, Atlantis Lucid Dreaming, a collection of b-side material was released. In March 2006, Christofer Johnsson stated that he'd step down from the vocalist position and will not be singing at gigs anymore. The 2006 ProgPower Festival in England is supposed to be the last gig with him singing.

Because of Therion's affiliation with Thomas Karlsson, who started writing Therion's lyrics together with Christofer Johnsson in 1993 and who since 1998 writes all of them, there are a few books out related to Therion and the mythos Therion lyrics are made of. Mörk Magi, written by Tommy Eriksson, has only been released in Swedish and discusses philosophy and aphorisms of Dark Magic. It advocates that one should see the positive sides of dark magic, turning the force it has into creativity instead of destruction. Eriksson lists relaxation practices and invocations as introductions to the dark magic, kabbala and tantrism to the beginner.

Uthark was written by Thomas Karlsson and deals with runeology and rune magic. It discusses the Uthark theory, widely launched by professor Sigurd Agrell in the 1930s. Its base is that runes have more than their literal meaning. There's a dark and hidden secret magic side that only runemasters know of. The book is available in English and German, and a German limited edition edition came with the Secret of the Runes album.

Christofer Johnsson decided to stop singing in 2006. Former King Diamond drummer Snowy Shaw was announced as an additional session vocalist later that year.

In 2008, the entire permanent band line-up parted ways with Christofer Johnsson due to differences in opinion on the future direction of Therion's music.

On July 7th, 2010, Snowy Shaw left the band, then rejoined on August 25th of the same year. He left the band again in September 2012 to concentrate on his solo project.

Also in September 2012, Christofer Johnsson announced that Therion would take a few-year break from extensive touring so that he could concentrate on completing his metal opera.

Compilation Appearances:

- "Future Consciousness" on A Projection of a Stained Mind (CBR, 1991)
- "Future Consciousness" on Speed Kills 6 (Violence of the Slams) (Under One Flag, 1992)
- "Time Shall Tell" on Pantalgia - An International Death Metal Compilation (M.B.R., 1992)
- "The Return" on Deaf Metal Sampler (Deaf, 1993)
- "The King" on A Tribute to Accept Vol. 1 (Nuclear Blast, 1999)
- "The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)" on A Tribute to the Priest (Nuclear Blast, 2002)
- "Fight Fire with Fire" on A Tribute to the Four Horsemen (Nuclear Blast, 2002)
- "Black" on Just the Beginning III (Nuclear Blast, 1994)
eposz, 2019. április 29. hétfő, 17:36
Címkék: Aspyxiate With Fear, Morbid Reality, Suburb To Hell, Genocidal Raids, Time Shall Tell, Death Metal,
nightfall and the dawn threescore,

Threescore between the dawn and evening.

The shuddering in thy lips, the shuddering

In thy sad eyelids tremulous like fire,

Makes love seem shameful and a wretched thing.

This is the end of every man's desire.

The burden of sweet speeches. Nay, kneel down,

Cover thy head, and weep; for verily

These market-men that buy thy white and brown

In the last days shall take no thought for thee.

In the last days like earth thy face shall be,

Yea, like sea-marsh made thick with brine and mire,

Sad with sick leavings of the sterile sea.

This is the end of every man's desire.

The burden of long living. Thou shalt fear

Waking, and sleeping mourn upon thy bed;

And say at night “Would God the day were here,"

And say at dawn “Would God the day were
nagyuska, 2013. október 22. kedd, 09:35
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death of air.

There are flood and drouth

Over the eyes and in the mouth,

Dead water and dead sand

Contending for the upper hand.

The parched eviscerate soil

Gapes at the vanity of toil,

Laughs without mirth.

This is the death of earth.

Water and fire succeed

The town, the pasture and the weed.

Water and fire deride

The sacrifice that we denied.

Water and fire shall rot

The marred foundations we forgot,

Of sanctuary and choir.

This is the death of water and fire.

In the uncertain hour before the morning

Near the ending of interminable night

At the recurrent end of the unending

After the dark dove with the flickering tongue

Had passed below the horizon of his homing

While the dead leaves still rattled on like tin

Over the
nagyuska, 2013. október 06. vasárnap, 13:27
-Mare, Walter de la: El, el (Away in Hungarian)

Away (English)

There is no sorrow

Time heals never;

No loss, betrayal,

Beyond repair.

Balm for the soul, then,

Though grave shall sever

Lover from loved

And all they share.

See, the sweet sun shines,

The shower is over;

Flowers preen their beauty,

The day how fair!

Brood not too closely

On love or duty;

Friends long forgotten

May wait you where

Life with death

Brings all to an issue;

None will long mourn for you,

Pray for you, miss you,

Your place left vacant,

You not there.

El, el (Hungarian)

Nincs seb, mi egyszer

korral be nem forr,

nincs múlhatatlan

baj, veszteség.

Nyugodj, te lélek,

bár szivet
nagyuska, 2013. május 22. szerda, 14:21
"sculpture" of rhyme.


THE tea-rose tea-gown, etc.

Supplants the mousseline of Cos,

The pianola "replaces"

Sappho's barbitos.

Christ follows Dionysus,

Phallic and ambrosial

Made way for macerations;

Caliban casts out Ariel.

All things are a flowing,

Sage Heracleitus says;

But a tawdry cheapness

Shall reign throughout our days.

Even the Christian beauty

Defects--after Samothrace;

We see _το καλόν_

Decreed in the market place.

Faun's flesh is not to us,

Nor the saint's vision.

We have the press for wafer;

Franchise for circumcision.

All men, in law, are equals.

Free of Peisistratus,

We choose a knave or an
nagyuska, 2013. április 16. kedd, 12:58

I am afoot with my vision.

By the city's quadrangular houses--in log huts, camping with lumber-men,

Along the ruts of the turnpike, along the dry gulch and rivulet bed,

Weeding my onion-patch or hosing rows of carrots and parsnips,

crossing savannas, trailing in forests,

Prospecting, gold-digging, girdling the trees of a new purchase,

Scorch'd ankle-deep by the hot sand, hauling my boat down the

shallow river,

Where the panther walks to and fro on a limb overhead, where the

buck turns furiously at the hunter,

Where the rattlesnake suns his flabby length on a rock, where the

otter is feeding on fish,

Where the alligator in his tough pimples sleeps by the bayou,

Where the black bear is searching for roots or honey, where the

beaver pats the mud with his paddle-shaped tall;

Over the growing sugar, over the
nagyuska, 2011. november 08. kedd, 19:03

Walt Whitman - Ének magamról - 41

Én segítem a hátukon fekvő betegeket, amikor zihálnak,

S az erős, délceg embereket is én segítem, hisz ez még jobban kell nekik.

Hallottam én, a világról miket beszéltek,

Hallom, hallom sokezer, sokezer éve már;

Hát így-úgy megteszi - de minden ez?

Jövök én, ki óriásira nagyítok és alkalmazok,

Lepipálom a vén alkuszokat már az elején,

Pontosan mérem le én Jehova arányait,

Kinyomtatom Kronost, fiát Zeust, s Herkulest, unokáját,

S megvásárolom Osiris, Isis, Belus, Brahma, Buddha képeit,

És táskámba csúsztatom Manitot könnyedén, Allahot a Levélen, s a keresztrefeszítés vésetét,

Odinnal együtt, meg förtelmes pofájú Mexitlivel, és nem marad ki egy bálvány, egy képmás sem,

nagyuska, 2011. november 08. kedd, 18:47
love, or fortunes wreck did rayse,

Your string could soone to sadder tenor turne,

And teach the woods and waters to lament

Your dolefull dreriment.

Now lay those sorrowfull complaints aside,

And having all your heads with girland crownd,

Helpe me mine owne loves prayses to resound,

Ne let the same of any be envide:

So Orpheus did for his owne bride,

So I unto my selfe alone will sing,

The woods shall to me answer and my Eccho ring.

Early before the worlds light giving lampe,

His golden beame upon the hils doth spred,

Having disperst the nights unchearefull dampe,

Doe ye awake, and with fresh lusty hed,

Go to the bowre of my beloved love,

My truest turtle dove,

Bid her awake; for Hymen is awake,

And long since ready forth his maske to move,

With his bright Tead that flames with many a
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