Therion was founded in 1987 by Christofer Johnsson. Their debut album Of Darkness… was released in 1991 and was a huge success for the band within the underground metal scene. Therion began as a very creative death metal band, pushing limits of the contemporary sound and grew beyond themselves. In the course of the years, the bands style developed in a quite unique way and between 1991 and 1996 Therion released groundbreaking records, one being more special than the other.
In 1996 Therion released Theli which would be the ultimate breakthrough for the band. At this time the band turned towards a more opera-like, progressive and even orchestral sound. Vovin and Deggial are dominated by the new style of catchy symphonic opera metal Christofer invented. Then came Secrets of the Rune, their first concept album, dealing with Nordic myths and influenced by Scandinavian Folk music. The double record Lemuria/Sirius B was a huge success then Therion engaged themselves with the recording of Gothic Kabbalah and live album The Miskolc Experience. After that Christofer decided it was time for a change: Sitra Ahra was undertaken with a completely new lineup.
Therion have evolved from a ‘mere’ death metal act into one of the first projects to take a trip towards the world of classical music, setting the initial standards to a style later known as symphonic metal. When fifteen 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 ‘rock operas’ are no longer an unusual concept, this term will now receive a new meaning when the curtain opens for Johnsson’s lifelong creation: Beloved Antichrist is the title of his spectacular brainchild, consisting of three full-length CDs. It is more than just a concept album; it’s a complete rock opera unveiling a sweeping story inspired by Vladímir Soloviov A Short Tale Of The Antichrist.
Joining Therion are The Devil who are a mysterious and highly original cinematic metal act that has innovated by creating an entirely new genre within metal music. The band features an international line up of masked musicians that deliver a unique live show, complete with cinematic movie projection in sync to the entire live performance.
Further experimental elements of the band’s music is the selective use of historical and political conspiracy laden samples in place of traditional vocals which reveals a powerful message encoded within the music. The Devil exposes a great secret. A grand conspiracy…
The Devil self-titled debut album was released worldwide through Candlelight Records/EMI and released three official music videos from that album, Universe, Extinction Level Event and Alternative Dimensions.