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Christofer Jan Johnsson
|Born||10 August 1972|
Upplands Väsby, Sweden
|Genres||Symphonic metal, progressive metal, death metal, progressive death metal, thrash metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, mandolin, percussion, piano, drums|
Christofer Johnsson (born 10 August 1972) is a Swedish composer. He is a founding member and the guitarist for symphonic metal band Therion and was previously a member of Carbonized, Liers in Wait, Messiah, and Demonoid.On 21 March 2006 he announced he will no longer sing for Therion-- though he will continue as guitarist for the group.
As a child Christofer enjoyed listening to classical music and gradually became more interested in his father's '50s and '60s Rock. As a 7-year-old he heard his first progressive rock: a theme for a Norwegian children's TV program. As 9-year old he started to listen to The Beatles. At age of 11 his taste for music took a turn as he started to listen to hard rock and heavy metal bands such as: Accept, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Manowar, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, and Uriah Heep. When he was 14 he started to listen to more raw heavy metal bands like: Metallica, Slayer, Bathory, and especially Celtic Frost. One of his friends played a Scorpions 70's album for him, and Christofer instantly fell in love with Scorpions' early albums. He also mentions Uli Jon Roth as one of his greatest influences in his early work.
Johnsson resided for a time in a villa he designed himself called Villa Adulruna south of Stockholm with his girlfriend, Mina Karadzic. In 2019 they sold the villa and moved to the island of Gozo, Malta. Christofer has been a vegetarian since 1997. He has one child.
On 26 July 1992 Johnsson's parents' house was set on fire. Christofer was on tour and not home at the time of the incident. Minimal damage was done before the fire was put out but the event was blown-up in the media and metal scene.
On 26 January 2017 Johnsson revealed he had been suffering from intense pain in his neck and shoulders and was diagnosed with two spinal disc hernias. Allegedly the product of years of headbanging these hernias put him at risk of losing the ability to perform live.A Rock Opera project was delayed and the band shortened their sets to allow Johnsson to perform. On 8 April Johnsson announced he had been able to avoid surgery for his condition that had improved as the result of physiotherapy and he would resume performing at festivals by August.
Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their strong influence on the development of extreme metal and avant-garde metal.
Deggial is the ninth full-length studio album by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion in 2000. As with many of Therion's other albums, Deggial features a choir and orchestra. Unlike their earlier release Vovin, which seemed to focus more on vocals, Deggial's style leans towards hard rock and sounds overall like Vovin with more atmosphere.
Therion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Its name was inspired by the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion. "To Mega Therion" is Greek for "The Great Beast" and was a title used by occultist Aleister Crowley. Originally a death metal band, Therion adjusted its musical style by adding orchestral elements, including choirs, classical musicians, and even a full orchestra at their concert performances. As a result, they are considered pioneers of the symphonic metal genre.
Lepaca Kliffoth is the fourth full-length studio release by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. The title refers to the Qliphoth. Stylistically, it retains the aggressive riffing and harsh growls of the band's previous death metal output, while also incorporating more elements of traditional heavy metal and more pronounced gothic and symphonic elements, often leading to this album being viewed as a transitional album in Therion's discography.
Carbonized were a Swedish avant-garde metal band formed 1988 in Saltsjöbaden. The band was formed by Lars Rosenberg in 1988, with Dismember vocalist Matti Kärki. Joined by drummer Piotr Wawrzeniuk, the trio was completed by Therion's Christofer Johnsson, who originally agreed to only perform session guitarwork but eventually became a full-time member.
Beyond Sanctorum is the second studio album released on January 1992 by Swedish band Therion. The album was re-released on 27 November 2000 under Nuclear Blast label as a part of The Early Chapters of Revelation box-set. It contains remastered songs, as well as four bonus tracks.
Theli is an album released by the symphonic metal band Therion. While Theli stays true to the band's roots in that it has a very dark sound, it is a major turning point in their history. Set, Egyptian god, is shown on the front cover. This was the last album on which Christofer Johnsson sang until 2004's "Lemuria". A music video was filmed for the song "To Mega Therion".
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Vovin is the seventh full-length musical album by symphonic metal band Therion. It is their bestselling album, selling over 150,000 copies in Europe alone. Even though it was released under the name Therion, Christofer Johnsson regards this as his solo album, as it was recorded entirely with studio musicians who were not members of the band.
Gothic Kabbalah is the thirteenth full-length album by Swedish symphonic metal group Therion. It was released in Europe on 12 January 2007. The album was mixed by Stefan Glaumann, who also contributed to bands such as Rammstein, Evergrey, Europe and Def Leppard. The main line-up has been slightly changed since previous studio albums : Petter Karlsson returned to play drums, having already played with the band during Lemuria / Sirius B tour during the period of 2004–2006. Since Christofer Johnsson announced in 2006 he is retiring from singing, vocals on Gothic Kabbalah were performed by Mats Levén, as well as Snowy Shaw and three female singers: Katarina Lilja, Anna Nyhlin and Hannah Holgersson.
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Beloved Antichrist is the sixteenth full-length album by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. It is a triple album and was released on 9 February 2018 by Nuclear Blast Records. The album is the soundtrack to a rock musical by the band, who are accompanied by a large orchestra and choir. The staging of the rock musical was delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, the band started to work on the next regular album Leviathan.
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