Thomas Vikström

Last updated
Thomas Vikström
Therion 16 Plock, 2008.jpg
Vikström live with Therion in 2008.
Background information
Born (1969-01-21) 21 January 1969 (age 50)
Genres Heavy metal, doom metal, power metal, symphonic metal
Instruments vocals, keyboards, piano, flute, acoustic guitar
Years active1988–present
Associated acts Therion, Stormwind, Candlemass, Mehida, Enlighted

Thomas Vikström (born 21 January 1969) is a Swedish vocalist best known for working with hard rock and heavy metal bands including doom metal bands Candlemass (during their initial final years, from 1991 to 1994) [1] 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. [2]

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, ghazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.


Musical theatre

Inspired by his father, Vikström has played roles in theatre productions starting on stage at the Stockholm theatre Folkan in 1990. During 1991 he starred as the main-character in the opera Hoffman's Adventure in Stockholm. He also played the main part as John in the musical Miss Saigon from late 1997 to December 1998. He is now the singer in Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. Also, he is the vocalist for the Argentine-based band Enlighted.[ citation needed ]

Folkan building in Stockholm Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden

Folkan was a theatre at Östermalmstorg in Stockholm, Sweden. It was built in 1856 and demolished in 2008 because of problems with the foundation. The theatre was called Ladugårdslandsteatern when it was built, but was renamed to Bijou-teatern in 1877. It got the name Folkan in 1887.

<i>Miss Saigon</i> 1989 stage musical

Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly's story of marriage between an American lieutenant and a geisha is replaced by a romance between a United States Marine and a seventeen-year-old South Vietnamese bargirl.


Candlemass (band) Swedish doom metal band

Candlemass is a Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm in 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström. The band had a defining influence on doom metal, and the genre itself is named after their debut album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. After releasing five full-length albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Candlemass disbanded in 1994, but reunited three years later. After breaking up again in 2002, Candlemass reformed in 2004 and have continued to record and perform since then.

<i>Chapter VI</i> (album) 1992 studio album by Candlemass

Chapter VI is the fifth studio album by Swedish doom metal band Candlemass released in 1992. This was the first Candlemass album not to feature Messiah Marcolin on vocals since their 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. On this one, Thomas Vikström took his place. After poor sales of the album, Candlemass subsequently disbanded in early 1994, only to reform three years later.

Brazen Abbot is a Finnish rock band. Originally a studio project of Bulgarian guitarist, producer and song writer Nikolo Kotzev, who is a Finnish resident, the band has since made several live performances.

Other bands

Vikström also played keyboards in Talisman, though he did not release any albums with them.

Talisman (band) band

Talisman were a Swedish hard rock band characterized by an international melodic/powerful sound.

Related Research Articles

Therion (band) Swedish symphonic metal band

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.

Mikael Åkerfeldt Swedish musician

Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive metal band Opeth, and the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath. He was also guitarist for the "one-off" band Steel, and is part of the collaboration Storm Corrosion with Steven Wilson.

Dan Swanö Swedish musician

Dan-Erland Swanö is a Swedish musician and record producer who is currently the vocalist, guitarist, ex-bassist and ex-drummer for the band Nightingale, lately vocalist, keyboardist and drummer for the band Witherscape, as well as the owner of Unisound, but he achieved fame as the vocalist and songwriter of progressive death metal band Edge of Sanity.

Tiamat (band) Swedish metal band

Tiamat is a Swedish band that formed in Stockholm in 1987 and led by Johan Edlund. The band went through a number of stylistic changes, usually leaning towards gothic metal.

Symphonic metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music that combines the heavy drums and guitars of metal with different elements of orchestral classical music, such as symphonic instruments, choirs and sometimes a full orchestra. Keyboards reminiscent of power metal are also sometimes featured.

Messiah Marcolin Swedish singer

Messiah Marcolin, also known as Eddie Marcolin, is a vocalist best known for his work in the doom metal band Candlemass. Marcolin is well known for his operatic voice and for his signature 'Doom Dance'.

Ian Haugland Swedish musician

Jan-Håkan "Ian" Haugland is the drummer in the Swedish rock band Europe. When he was eight months old, he and his family moved to the Stockholm suburb of Märsta, Sweden. He joined Europe in the summer of 1984, replacing Tony Reno. Previously Haugland had played in a number of bands, including Trilogy, where Candlemass bassist Leif Edling sang, and Yngwie J. Malmsteen's band Rising Force.

Mats Leven is a singer, songwriter & producer. Some of his most notable collaborations have been with guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen, symphonic metallers Therion and doom metallers Candlemass.

Marcel Jacob Swedish musician

Marcel Jacob was a Swedish musician, best known as the bassist in the hard rock bands Talisman and Yngwie Malmsteen. For a brief period, Marcel also played with the band Europe.

<i>Epicus Doomicus Metallicus</i> 1986 studio album by Candlemass

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is the debut album of the Swedish doom metal band Candlemass. It was released June 10, 1986 on Black Dragon Records. On its release, the album had a significantly different sound than other European heavy metal bands of the time, because of their use of operatic vocals mixed over slow and heavy guitar riffs. The album did not sell well on its initial release, which led to the group being dropped from the label during the same year. Since then, the album has been re-issued in several different formats. The album title Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is a dog latin translation rendering of Epic Doom Metal — the genre which the band helped pioneer and with which it is most commonly identified. Although he was actually a guest musician at the time of its recording, this was the only Candlemass album to feature vocalist Johan Längqvist until he joined the band, officially, in 2018.

Robert Lowe (musician) American musician

Robert Lowe is an American singer. He was brought into the band Solitude Aeturnus by his friend Lyle Steadham in 1988, replacing Kris Gabehardt. He is also the main lyricist on later albums. Lowe also appeared as a session singer on the first Last Chapter album. In 1996, he sings on the debut album by trio out of Arlington, TX: Liquid Sound Company: "Exploring The Psychedelic".

Snowy Shaw Swedish musician

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.

Christian Vidal is an Argentine guitarist, member of the symphonic metal band Therion. He has so far released two solo albums.

Steel Seal is an Italian Neoclassical Power Metal band that formed in 2003 by guitar player and main songwriter, Marco Valerio Zangani, and vocalist Bruno Baudo, bassist Roberto Fasciani and the keyboardist Adriano Rossi. They produced their first demo in 2003, entitled Demo 2003, which led to a recording contract with Italian label Underground Symphony in 2004. Internal band problems resulted in the departure of Baudo and Fasciani, and the arrival of Andrea Orciuolo, Fabio Bernardi, Luca Lovieno. With a hole in the vocalist spot, the band recruited world-renowned singer D.C. Cooper as a session vocalist and By the Power of Thunder was released in Japan in December 2006 and worldwide in 2007. In 2008, original members Fasciani and Rossi replaced Orciuolo and Bernardi and this time around, Thomas Vikstrom handled vocal duties for the follow-up album, recording them in Argentina in January 2009. On one song, Vikstrom sings a duet with Italian vocalist Val Shieldon, who also is credited for the backing vocals on many tracks. Redemption Denied was released worldwide by Underground Symphony in 2010.

Echoterra is an American symphonic power metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, founded in 2007 by Jonah Weingarten and Yan Leviathan.

Tobias Forge Swedish musician

Tobias Forge is a Swedish singer, musician and songwriter. He is the leader of the masked rock band Ghost, performing live as their vocalist under the stage names Papa Emeritus and Cardinal Copia. His identity as the Ghost frontman was only confirmed in 2017, following a lawsuit by former members of the band due to a royalty dispute. Prior to finding success in Ghost, Forge was in several other bands including Repugnant and Crashdïet under the name Mary Goore.

<i>Beloved Antichrist</i> 2018 studio album by Therion

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 has been described as a rock opera by the band, who are accompanied by a large orchestra and choir. The album cover was created by Thomas Ewerhart. It is the band's first collection of new material since Sitra Ahra in 2010, while group founder Christofer Johnsson had toyed with the idea of a rock opera for 15 years.


  1. "Candlemass Chronicles: New Issue Focusing On Chapter VI Album Out Now". Blabbermouth. 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  2. "Therion: Mexican, South American Dates Announced". Blabbermouth. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.