The Swedish heavy metal band Therion recorded several demo albums. The following is a chronology of Therion demos:
|Demo album by|
Sveastrand Studio, Sweden
|Genre||Death metal, death/doom|
Paroxysmal Holocaust is the first of Therion's demo albums. The album was released on April 1989 on a cassette, limited to 600 copies.
The album consists of three death metal songs. The song "Bells of Doom" was later included in a 2001 fan-club compilation album named the same as the song, Bells of Doom .
Paroxysmal Holocaust was recorded during March and April 1989 in the little Swedish 8-track studio Sveastrand. Christofer Johnsson, founder and only all-time band member, had mixed opinions of this demo album. On the Therion official website he mentioned the band was excited because it was their first release, although he was very critical to this recording claiming the album "was awful":
As we had never been in a studio before we were anyway very happy with the recording. Kind of "Wow we can hear our songs coming from a tape". But in reality this demo was awful in my own opinion. But what the heck, we had the studio for free and many people liked the demo back then.
|Beyond the Darkest Veils of Inner Wickedness|
|Demo album by|
|Genre||Death metal, death/doom|
Beyond the Darkest Veils of Inner Wickedness is the title of a Therion's 1989 demo. The album was released on November 1989 on a cassette, limited to 500 copies.
The album consists of three death metal songs. Two of them, "Macabre Declension" and "Paroxysmal Holocaust", were later included in the 2001 official fan-club compilation Bells of Doom . The song "Paroxysmal Holocaust" recorded live in Strömstad, Sweden, 1989 was included in 2006 box-set compilation Celebrators of Becoming .
Beyond the Darkest Veils of Inner Wickedness was recorded and released in the same year (1989) as the band's first demo album Paroxysmal Holocaust . The album was recorded in a Swedish 16-track studio.
Beyond the Darkest... was the first album where Christofer Johnsson, the only band's all-time member and founder of Therion, started to sing, although after recording he was dissatisfied about the produced work and also about the quality of the sound:
On this demo I started to sing. But I had a terrible headache the day I had to record the vocals [...], which made me sing very deep as it hurt less (!) and kind of killed the feeling in it. We couldn't afford an extra day in the studio, so no other choice... But who cares, the demo sucked anyway, with a terrible sound etc.
|Time Shall Tell|
Sunlight Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
|Genre||Death metal, death/doom|
|Label||House of Kicks|
HOK LP 001
|Producer||Tomas Skogsberg, Therion|
Time Shall Tell is Therion's third and the last demo album. Released on an LP under the House of Kicks record store, the album was supposed to be released with 1000 copies, but the record store bootlegged another 1000 copies.
The album consists of four death metal songs. The lyrical themes are based around violence and death, human rights, and big corporations (references to Coca-Cola and McDonald's). All songs from the album were included in the band's first studio album Of Darkness... .
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.
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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".
Of Darkness... is a debut studio album released on February 1991 by the Swedish band Therion and it contains songs written in the early years of the band, during the 1980s. The album is indicated by the band itself as an end of its first era.
Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas is the third studio album released in April 1993 by Swedish band Therion. The album was remastered and re-released by Nuclear Blast in 2000 as part of The Early Chapters of Revelation box-set.
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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.
Bells of Doom is a compilation album of Swedish Symphonic metal band Therion, released by the official fan club in 2001. The album was originally available for Therion Society members only but is now available to anyone in Therion's Official online store. It contains rare tracks from early recordings of the band. The first two tracks come from a rehearsal in 1987 when they were still called Blitzkrieg, the remaining from various Therion demos and unreleased recordings. The album is limited in numbers and will not be reprinted once it has sold out.
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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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Demonoid is a Swedish extreme metal band founded in 2003 that derives its influences from traditional death metal, thrash metal and black metal.
Les Fleurs du Mal is a cover album and the fifteenth full-length album by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. It was released on 28 September 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band. Named after the 1857 volume of poetry Les Fleurs du mal, the album is fully sung in French language. It consist of metal cover versions of French pop songs from 1960s and 1970s, mostly from the ye-ye genre.
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 sound track to a rock musical by the band, who are accompanied by a large orchestra and choir. The rock musical has yet not been staged and was delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the band instead started to work on the next regular album Leviathan. The album cover was created by Thomas Ewerhart. It was the band's first collection of new material since Sitra Ahra in 2010, while group founder Christofer Johnsson had toyed with the idea of an opera for 15 years.
Leviathan is the seventeenth full-length album by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. It was released on 22 January 2021 by Nuclear Blast Records. It is the first part in the planned Leviathan trilogy, its sequels Leviathan II and Leviathan III are scheduled for 2022 and 2023 respectively.