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Therion

Therion may not have been the first band to fuse operatic singing in metal, but Christofer Johnsson's crew is generally regarded as the standard bearer in the field, ever since he first toyed with the idea on Lepaca Kliffoth in 1995. Gradually the opera singing became less of a background novelty, to the point that Johnsson himself stopped singing altogether and now employs various guest singers, both from the opera and metal worlds. Since that time Therion has remarkably maintained a high standard of quality, with ambitious releases such as the twin album collection of Lemuria/Sirius B and the new double-CD effort Gothic Kaballah.

Johnsson announced in April 2008 that he was splitting from the other members of the band, intending to continue Therion with a new lineup.

Current Members

Thomas Vikström

vocals (ex-Candlemass, Stormwind)

Lori Lewis

vocals

Christofer Johnsson

guitars/keyboards (ex-Carbonized, Demonoid, ex-Messiah)

Christian Vidal

lead guitar

Nalle Påhlsson

bass

Johan Koleberg

drums (HammerFall, ex-Lion's Share)

Former Members/Guests

Peter Hansson

guitars

Magnus Barthelson

guitars

Jonas Mellberg

guitars/keyboards (ex-Unanimated)

Tommie Eriksson

guitars

Kristian Niemann

lead guitar (Demonoid, Sorcerer)

Erik Gustafsson

bass

Andreas Wahl

bass (ex-Serpent)

Fredrik Isaksson

bass (ex-Grave)

Lars Rosenberg

bass (ex-Carbonized, ex-Entombed, ex-Roachpowder, ex-Serpent)

Jan Kazda

bass

Johan Niemann

bass (Demonoid, ex-Evil Masquerade, Evergrey)

Oskar Forss

drums

Piotr Wawrzeniuk

drums (ex-Carbonized, ex-Serpent)

Wolf Simons

drums

Sami Karppinen

drums

Rickard Evansand (guest)

drums (ex-Dog Faced Gods, Demonoid, ex-Ebony Tears, ex-Lion's Share, ex-Sorcerer)

Petter Karlsson

drums (ex-Diablo Swing Orchestra)



Discography



Of Darkness ...  
1991 Peaceville
  1. The return
  2. Asphyxiate with fear
  3. Morbid reality
  4. Megalomaniac
  5. A suburb to hell
  6. Genocidal raid
  7. Time shall tell
  8. Dark eternity
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Peter Hansson
  • Erik Gustafsson
  • Oskar Forss



Beyond Sanctorum  
1992 Active
  1. Pandemonic Outbreak
  2. Symphony Of The Dead
  3. Beyond Sanctorum
  4. Enter The Depths Of Eternal Darkness
  5. Illusions Of Life
  6. The Way
  7. Paths
  8. Tyrants Of The Damned
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Peter Hansson
  • Oskar Forss



Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas  
1993 Pavement
  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 ritual dance of yezidis
  8. Powerdance
  9. Procreation of eternity
  10. Ho dracon ho megas
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Magnus Barthelson
  • Andreas Wahl
  • Piotr Wawrzeniuk
1993 Readers' Album #69




The Beauty In Black  EP
1995 Nuclear Blast
  1. Arrival Of The Darkest Queen (instr)
  2. The Beauty In Black
  3. Evocation Of Vovin
  4. The Veil Of Golden Spheres
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Fredrik Isaksson
  • Piotr Wawrzeniuk



Lepaca Kliffoth  
1995 Nuclear Blast
  1. The wings of the hydra
  2. Melez
  3. 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
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Fredrik Isaksson
  • Piotr Wawrzeniuk
1995 Readers' Album #24





Theli  
1996 Nuclear Blast
  1. Preludium
  2. To mega therion
  3. Cults of the Shadow
  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. Grand finale/Postludium
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Jonas Mellberg
  • Lars Rosenberg
  • Piotr Wawrzeniuk
1996 Readers' Album #5





A'Arab Zaraq Lucid Dreaming  
1997 Nuclear Blast
  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
  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 Qliphothic tunnel
  17. Up to Netzach
  18. Floating back
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Lars Rosenberg
  • Piotr Wawrzeniuk
1997 Readers' Album #31




Vovin  
1998 Nuclear Blast
  1. The rise of Sodom and Gomorrah
  2. Birth of Venus illegitima
  3. Wine of Aluoah
  4. Clavicula nox
  5. The wild hunt
  6. Eye of shiva
  7. Black sun
  8. The opening
  9. Morning star
  10. Black diamonds
  11. Raven of dispersion
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Tommie Eriksson
  • Jan Kazda
  • Wolf Simons
1998 Readers' Album #14




The Crowning Of Atlantis  
1999 Nuclear Blast
  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)
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Tommie Eriksson
  • Jan Kazda
  • Wolf Simons
1999 Readers' Album #34




Deggial  
2000 Nuclear Blast
  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
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Kristian Niemann
  • Jan Kazda
  • Johan Niemann
  • Sami Karppinen



Secret Of The Runes  
2001 Nuclear Blast
  1. Ginnungagap (Prologue)
  2. Asgard
  3. Midgard
  4. Schwarzalbenheim (Svartalfheim)
  5. Jotunheim
  6. Ljusalfheim
  7. Vanaheim
  8. Nifelheim
  9. Muspelheim
  10. Helheim
  11. Secret of the runes (Epilogue)
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Kristian Niemann
  • Johan Niemann
  • Sami Karppinen



Live In Midgard  LIVE
2002 Nuclear Blast
  1. Ginnungagap
  2. Invocation of Naamah
  3. Birth of Venus Illegitima
  4. Enter Vril-Ya
  5. Riders of Theli
  6. Symphony of the Dead
  7. A Black Rose
  8. The Return
  9. Baal Reginon
  10. Flesh of the Gods
  11. Seawinds
  12. Swarzalbenheim
  13. In the Desert of Set
  14. The Wings of the Hydra
  15. Asgard
  16. The Secret of the Runes
  17. The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah
  18. Summernight City
  19. Beauty in Black
  20. Seven Secrets of the Sphinx
  21. The Wine of Aluqah
  22. The Raven of Dispersion
  23. To Mega Therion
  24. Cults of the Shadow
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Kristian Niemann
  • Johan Niemann
  • Sami Karppinen
2002 Readers' Album #93




Sirius B / Lemuria  
2004 Nuclear Blast
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Kristian Niemann
  • Johan Niemann
  • Rickard Evansand
2004 Readers' Album #26




Gothic Kaballah  
2007 Nuclear Blast
  1. Der Mitternachtlöwe
  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
  9. The Wand of Abaris
  10. Three Treasures
  11. Path to Arcady
  12. TOF - The Trinity
  13. Chain of Minerva
  14. The Falling Stone
  15. Adulruna Rediviva
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Kristian Niemann
  • Johan Niemann
  • Petter Karlsson
2007 Readers' Album #20




Live Gothic  LIVE
2008 Nuclear Blast
  1. Der Mitternachtlöwe
  2. Scharzalbenheim
  3. The Blood Of Kingu
  4. The Falling Stone
  5. An Arrow From The Sun
  6. Deggial
  7. Wine Of Aluqah
  8. The Perennial Sophia
  9. Son Of The Sun
  10. Son Of The Staves Of Time
  11. Birth Of Venus Illegitima
  12. Tuna 1613
  13. Drum Solo
  14. Muspelheim
  15. The RIse Of Sodom And Gomorrah
  16. Ginnungagap
  17. Grand Finale
  18. Lemuria
  19. The Wand Of Abaris
  20. Nightside Of Eden
  21. To Mega Therion
  22. Thor (The Powerhead)
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Kristian Niemann
  • Johan Niemann
  • Petter Karlsson



Live Gothic  VIDEO
2008 Nuclear Blast



The Miskolc Experience  LIVE
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Clavicula Nox
  2. Symphony No. 9 (Excerpt) (Dvorak)
  3. Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spotigle (from "Il Trovatore") (Verdi)
  4. Dies Irae (from "Reqiuem") (Mozart)
  5. Symphony No. 3 (Excerpt) (Saint-Saens)
  6. Notung! Notung! Niedliches Schwert! (from "The Ring") (Wagner)
  7. Overture (Excerpt) (from "Rienzi") (Wagner)
  8. Der Tag Ist Da, Pt. 2 (from "Rienzzi") (Wagner)
  9. Herbei! Herbei!, Pt. 1 (from "Rienzi") (Wagner)
  10. Blood Of Kingu
  11. Sirius B
  12. Lemuria
  13. Eternal Return
  14. Draconian Trilogy
  15. Schwartsalbenheim
  16. Via Nocturna
  17. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
  18. Grand Finale
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Kristian Niemann
  • Johan Niemann
  • Petter Karlsson
2009 Readers' Album #85




Sitra Ahra  
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. Introduction/Sitra Ahra
  2. Kings Of Edom
  3. Unguentum Sabbati
  4. Land Of Canaan
  5. Hellequin
  6. 2012
  7. Cú Chulainn
  8. Kali Yuga, Pt. 3
  9. The Shells Are Open
  10. Din
  11. After The Inquisition: Children Of The Stone
  • Thomas Vikström
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Christian Vidal
  • Nalle Påhlsson
  • Johan Koleberg
2010 Readers' Album #37





Les Fleurs Du Mal  
2012
  1. Poupée de cire, poupée de son (France Gall cover)
  2. Une fleur dans le cœur (Victoire Scott cover)
  3. Initials B.B. (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
  4. Mon amour, mon ami (Marie Laforêt cover)
  5. Polichinelle (France Gall cover)
  6. La Maritza (Sylvie Vartan cover)
  7. Sœur Angélique (Annie Philippe cover)
  8. Dis-moi poupée (Isabelle cover)
  9. Lilith (Léonie Lousseau cover)
  10. En Alabama (Léonie Lousseau cover)
  11. Wahala Manitou (Léonie Lousseau cover)
  12. Je n'ai besoin que de tendresse (Claire Dixon cover)
  13. La licorne d'or (Victoire Scott cover)
  14. J'ai le mal de toi (Betty Mars cover)
  15. Poupée de cire, poupée de son (France Gall cover)
  • Thomas Vikström
  • Lori Lewis
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Christian Vidal
  • Nalle Påhlsson
  • Johan Koleberg
2012 Readers' Album #65




Adulruna Redivia And Beyond  VIDEO
2014



Les Epaves  EP
2016 Adulruna
  1. L'amour est bleu (heavy version) (Vicky Leandros cover)
  2. Nous ne sommes pas des anges (France Gall cover)
  3. La fermeture éclair (Delphine cover)
  4. Ah-Hem-Ho-Hu-Err (Christine Pilzer cover)
  5. L'amour est bleu (mellow version) (Vicky Leandros cover)
  • Thomas Vikström
  • Lori Lewis
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Christian Vidal
  • Nalle Påhlsson
  • Johan Koleberg



Beloved Antichrist  
2018 Nuclear Blast
  1. Turn From Heaven
  2. Where Will You Go?
  3. Through Dust, Through Rain
  4. Signs Are Here
  5. Never Again
  6. Bring Her Home
  7. The Solid Black Beyond
  8. The Crowning Of Splendour
  9. Morning Has Broken
  10. Garden Of Peace
  11. Our Destiny
  12. Anthem
  13. The Palace Ball
  14. Jewels From Afar
  15. Hail Caesar!
  16. What Is Wrong?
  17. Nothing But My Name
  18. The Arrival Of Apollonius
  19. Pledging Loyalty
  20. Night Reborn
  21. Dagger Of God
  22. Temple Of New Jerusalem
  23. The Lions Roar
  24. Bringing The Gospel
  25. Laudate Dominum
  26. Remaining Silent
  27. Behold Antichrist
  28. Cursed By The Fallen
  29. Resurrection
  30. To Where I Weep
  31. Astral Sophia
  32. Thy Will Be Done!
  33. Shoot Them Down!
  34. Beneath The Starry Skies
  35. Forgive Me
  36. The Wasteland Of My Heart
  37. Burning The Palace
  38. Prelude To War
  39. Day Of Wrath
  40. Rise To War
  41. Time Has Come/Final Battle
  42. My Voyage Carries On
  43. Striking Darkness
  44. Seeds Of Time
  45. To Shine Forever
  46. Theme Of Antichrist




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