When 15 year old prodigy Christofer Johnsson founded Therion as a death metal band in 1987, little did he know that exactly 30 years later he would put the final touches to a project that will go down in history as symphonic metal’s most ambitious release. While ‘metal operas’ are no longer an unusual creation, this term will forever receive a new meaning on January 26th, 2018, when the curtain opens for Johnsson’s lifelong creation: ‘Beloved Antichrist’ is the title of his spectacular brainchild, consisting of 3 full-length CDs. It’s more than just a concept album, but a complete rock opera with multiple chapters unveiling a sweeping story, partly based on and inspired by Vladímir Soloviov ‘A Short Tale Of The Antichrist’.
With an incredible total of 29 different roles and characters, who all required a unique voice, Therion hired not only a big choir, but also 29 vocalists to bring the epic story to life. With long-time collaborators like Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti, fans will hear the classical Therion vibe but also be able to drown in a magical maelstrom of many new as well as familiar voices. Divided into several chapters, the opera reaches a full length of 3 and a half hours and Therion are currently working on the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage. And while this monumental undertaking still simmers away in the Swedish production halls, the band has announced a pan-European tour including UK dates, where they will perform some of their new masterpieces live in a classical concert setting. Support comes from Russia’s Imperial Age, Germany’s Null Positiv and New York symphonic metallers Midnight Eternal.
Don’t miss this new milestone in the history of symphonic metal and witness this dramatic staging of the apocalypse and all those brave, sinister and fascinating characters heading towards the end of it all.
“The world of metal would not be the same without Therion”, wrote Iron Fist Magazine in 2014 and one thing is for sure: after the unleashing of ‘Beloved Antichrist’ in 2018, it never will be again.
UK dates read as follows:
w/ IMPERIAL AGE + NULL POSITIV + MIDNIGHT ETERNAL
03.02. UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
04.02. UK – Manchester, Rebellion
07.02. UK – Aberdeen, The Assembly
08.02. UK – Glasgow, Audio
09.02. UK – Sheffield, Corporation
10.02. UK – Belfast, Limelight
11.02. IRE – Dublin, Tivoli
13.02. UK – Bristol, Bierkeller
14.02. UK – Birmingham, O2 Institute
More info on ‘Beloved Antichrist’ will be revealed soon.
Therion was founded in 1987 by Christofer Johnsson, and they started off by recording a few demos and the mini LP ‘Time Shall Tell’.
Their debut record ‘Of Darkness…’ (1991) was a huge success for the band within the underground metal scene. They had begun life as a very creative death metal band, pushing the limits of a contemporary sound and eventually growing beyond themselves. Over the years the bands’ style has developed in a rather unique way, and they have released some very ground-breaking records.
After a few line-up changes, making Christofer the only original member remaining, Therion released ‘Theli’ (1996), which would be the ultimate breakthrough record for the band. At this stage in their career Therion turned towards a more operatic, progressive and even orchestral sound. ‘Vovin’ (1998), was their bestselling record to date and the development of their sound reached a new peak – for the first time ever Therion worked together with a real symphonic orchestra. Christofer (with the help of a few studio musicians) recorded this album by himself and more or less considers ‘Vovin’ as a solo record. ‘Secret Of The Runes’ (2001) was their first concept album, based around Nordic myths and was hugely influenced by Scandinavian Folk music.