|Birth name||Lori Lewis|
|Born||December 27, 1972|
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Genres||Gothic metal, symphonic metal, classical, opera|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, voice teacher|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, harpsichord, bawu, organ|
|Labels||Nuclear Blast, Iron|
|Associated acts||Aesma Daeva, Therion|
Lori Lewis is an American opera singer and soprano who is an official member of the Swedish symphonic metal band Therion.
Lewis is also the former singer for Aesma Daeva, a band that toured as a supporting act with Therion in Canada and the US in 2006 and 2007.
Lewis got her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at the Missouri State University,and the graduated degree at the University of Kansas.
On September 11, 2011, Christofer Johnsson, Therion's head, announced that Lewis was named permanent member of the band, becoming then the first female member to have permanent status in the history of the band.
As a permanent member of Therion, Lori participated in the recording of Les Fleurs du Mal , dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the band.
On May 10, 2014, the band announced that Lewis would withdraw from the 2014 tour, performing a last show in Mexico City on May 31. Lewis was replaced by Sandra Laureano as touring member, but remains as member of the band for studio recordings.
On May 11, 2020, Lori announced her first solo album: Carmina Romanus. It has 10 songs, including a collaboration with Kristian Niemann (ex-Therion) in Venus (Bringer Of Love And Desire). In Mercury - Messenger of Dreams she does a duet with Thomas Vikström (Therion). Most of the lyrics were written by Per Albinsson, author of Beloved Antichrist.
Lewis currently resides in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Kansas.[ citation needed ]
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.
Marko Tapani "Marco" Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist, bassist and songwriter. Internationally, best known as the former bassist, male vocalist and secondary composer to Tuomas Holopainen, of the symphonic metal band Nightwish. He was also the vocalist and bassist as well as composer and lyricist for the heavy metal band Tarot.
Symphonic metal is a cross-generic style designation for the symphonic subsets of heavy metal music subgenres. It is used to denote any metal band that makes use of symphonic or orchestral elements. The style features the heavy drums and guitars of metal with different elements of orchestral classical music, such as symphonic instruments, choirs and sometimes a full orchestra, or just keyboard orchestration.
Visions of Atlantis is an Austrian metal band from Styria, founded in 2000. Inspiration came both from successful symphonic metal band Nightwish and from the myth of Atlantis.
Mats Leven is a Swedish singer, songwriter and producer. Some of his most notable collaborations have been with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, symphonic metallers Therion and doom metallers Candlemass. In 2011, due to family issues on the part of Firewind's lead singer Apollo, Levén was called in to substitute for the rest of their European tour. He also started touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 2016. In 2019, he released his first solo album under the name Skyblood. In 2021 he became a member of the band around the Dutch guitarist 'Ad van den Berg'. The band Vandenberg dates from the 80s.
Christofer Johnsson 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.
Snowy Shaw is a Swedish heavy metal musician, based in the port city of Gothenburg in the west coast of Sweden. He has played with many heavy metal bands, like King Diamond, Dream Evil, Mercyful Fate, IllWill, Notre Dame and Memento Mori. Snowy is adept at playing guitar as well as drums. He is a primary songwriter in Dream Evil. In October 2006 Snowy joined the symphonic metal band Therion, singing on the Gothic Kabbalah album and participated in the 2007 tour together with already established singer Mats Levén. On 24 August 2010, he was announced as the new bassist and clean vocalist of symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, although he was only officially a member for one day then quit and rejoined Therion.
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.
Sven Erik Herman Thomas Vikström, professionally known as Thomas Vikström, is a Swedish vocalist best known for working with hard rock and heavy metal bands including doom metal bands Candlemass and power metallers Stormwind. He is the son of opera singer Sven-Erik Vikström. He is also a permanent vocalist for the symphonic metal band Therion.
Melissa Marie Ferlaak is an American soprano, best known as the former singer of symphonic metal bands Aesma Daeva, Visions of Atlantis and Echoterra. She is the singer of doom/death metal project Plague of Stars and the ambient band MY Eternel with Voa voxyd. She wrote the libretto and vocal parts for the opera Demandolx: The First Chapter of Convent Demonic Possession, and sang the role of Madeleine on the recording. She has appeared as a guest with bands such as Ad Inferna, Therion, Beto Vazquez Infinity and more.
Rising Dream is Croatian power metal/melodic death metal band from Zadar.
Imperial Vengeance are an English heavy metal band, from Colchester, Essex, England, formed in 2007 by former Cradle of Filth guitarist C. Edward Alexander, and David Bryan. The band's musical style embraces aspects of symphonic black metal and other extreme metal genres, with lyrical themes and imagery largely influenced by the British Empire period.
Christian Vidal is an Argentine guitarist, member of the symphonic metal band Therion. He has so far released two solo albums.
Echoterra is an American symphonic power metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, founded in 2007 by Jonah Weingarten and Yan Leviathan.
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.
Ad Inferna is a French gothic metal/black metal and darkwave/gothic-industrial band consisting of members VoA VoXyD and Vicomte Vampyr Arkames, formed in 1998.
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.
Imperial Age is a symphonic metal band from Moscow, founded in 2012 by singers/composers Alexander "Aor" Osipov and Jane "Corn" Odintsova. Imperial Age has collaborated on multiple occasions with musicians from Therion and Arkona who are featured on all Imperial Age albums. The band was brought to international attention by symphonic metal pioneer Christofer Johnsson, who, after being impressed with their live performance and their cover of Therion's song To Mega Therion in 2014, offered to distribute their music through his label Adulruna Records.
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.