Swedish symphonic metal troop Therion are set to kick-off a European headline tour in January 2016 and have announced four UK dates as part of the run.
The band will be playing a very special, best of set list on this tour – making these shows very rare and not to be missed!
Support will come from occult rockers Luciferian Light Orchestra, Mongolian nomadic metallers Ego Fall and last but not least from the Russian symphonic metal force Imperial Age.
Band leader Christofer Johnsson commented about the upcoming tour:
“We asked our fans on Facebook what they wanted to hear on this tour. Hundreds of people voted and in the end we got a result – people wanted to hear classic songs, particularly from ‘Secret Of The Runes’, ‘Vovin’ and ‘Theli’, so we are putting an extra focus on those.
Fans also said that they also wanted to hear more rare and obscure songs that we have never played live, so there will be a bunch of those as well as some songs that we haven’t performed more than just the once or twice, or not in a very long time.“
Tour dates are follows:
13th January – London, O2 Academy Islington
14th January – Glasgow, Classic Grand
15th January – Dublin, Academy
16th January – Manchester, Academy
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.