As a celebration of the 30th year of the band, Therion, lead by Christofer Johnsson are putting the final touches to their new album, Beloved Antichrist. Set for release on January 26th 2018, the triple-CD “Rock Opera” with multiple chapters unveiling a sweeping story, partly based on and inspired by Vladímir Soloviov‘s A Short Tale Of The Antichrist.
With an total of 29 different roles and characters, who all required a unique voice, Therion hired a choir and a total of 29 vocalists to bring the epic story to life. Long-time collaborators, Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti will be supplemented by new voices. Divided into several chapters, the opera will have a running time of around 3 and a half hours and Therion are currently working on the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage.
The band have announced a pan-European tour including UK dates, where they will perform some of their new material live in a classical concert setting, whilst preparing for the full production. Support for this trek comes from Russia’s Imperial Age, Germany’s Null Positiv and New York symphonic metallers Midnight Eternal.
The European and UK dates read as follows:
w/ Imperial Age + Null Positiv + Midnight Eternal
01.02.18 DE – Essen, Turock
02.02.18 NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg
03.02.18 UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
04.02.18 UK – Manchester, Rebellion
07.02.18 UK – Aberdeen, The Assembly
08.02.18 UK – Glasgow, Audio
09.02.18 UK – Sheffield, Corporation
10.02.18 UK – Belfast, Limelight
11.02.18 IRE – Dublin, Tivoli
13.02.18 UK – Bristol, Bierkeller
14.02.18 UK – Birmingham, O2 Institute
16.02.18 FR – Paris, Trabendo
20.02.18 ES – Bilbao, Santana 27
21.02.18 PT – Oporto, Hard Club
22.02.18 Pt – Lisboa, Lisboa Oa Vivo
23.02.18 ES – Sevilla, Sala Custom
24.02.18 ES – Madrid, Sala But 2
25.02.18 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
01.03.18 IT – Brescia, Circolo Colony
02.03.18 IT – Rome, Orion
03.03.18 IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
04.03.18 SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
05.03.18 HR – Zagreb, Tvornica
06.03.18 SRB – Belgrade, Dom Obladine
08.03.18 GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
09.03.18 GR – Athens, Poraeus 117 Academy
10.03.18 BG – Sofia, Weekender Club
11.03.18 RO – Bucharest, Arenele Romane
13.03.18 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
14.03.18 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
15.03.18 CZ – Praha, Meetfactory
16.03.18 PL – Wroclaw, A2
17.03.18 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
18.03.18 PL – Gdansk, B90
20.03.18 LT – Vilnius, Rock River Club
21.03.18 LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena
29.03.18 DE – Bremen, Tivoli
03.04.18 DE – Munich, Backstage
05.04.18 DE – Jena, F Haus
07.04.18 NL – Tilburg, 013
10.04.18 ISR – Tel Aviv, TBA
More info on Beloved Antichrist will be revealed soon.
Christofer Johnsson founded Therion as a Death Metal band in 1987. In the same year, this new band recorded demos and the mini LP Time Shall Tell. Four years later in 1991, their debut record Of Darkness… was a huge success within the underground metal scene. Over the years since, the bands’ style has developed in a rather unique way, and they have released some ground-breaking records.
Following line-up changes that left Christofer as the only original member, Therion released their breakthrough album, Theli in 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. 1998’s Vovin, was their bestselling record to date and the development of their sound reached a new peak, as for the first time, the band worked with a real symphonic orchestra. Christofer (with the help of a few studio musicians) recorded the album by himself and more or less considers Vovin as a solo record. 2001’s Secret Of The Runes was their first concept album, based around Nordic myths and Scandinavian Folk music.