During this period the entire line up was changed and only Johnsson remained an original member. Up till now, Therion was a band being recognized among musicians and music journalists, but had also been some sort of underground band among the listeners.
During this period the entire line up was changed and only Johnsson remained an original member.
Up till now, Therion was a band being recognized among musicians and music journalists, but had also been some sort of underground band among the listeners. There had been two opera soloists singing on the previous album and other bands had earlier used small amounts of operatic vocals as spice. This was the first time ever that a band replaced the majority of lead vocals with a choir.
This was also the start of the symphonic metal trend, with many metal bands popping up using sopranos as lead singers. Strangely enough, the feelings in the band were not very good at this point. The crew disliked the new sound and left captain Johnsson alone to steer the ship further on. It has sold over Musically the sound had got more refined and Johnsson had given up doing vocals.
An era with no permanent vocalist in the band begun and Therion started looking upon vocals like a guitar sound or drum sound that you can change between the songs and albums in order to get the sound exactly right for each song. The use of real orchestra also took place here, starting with a string quintet.
Tired of being solo, a band was again formed, today considered as one of the classic line-ups: Musically there were Nordic folk music baked into the sound and many lyrics were in Swedish.
Being less well received at the time of release, the record has over the years developed into the most beloved album among the fans. There was enough material for three albums and the band had decided to record two for the time being and save one for the future.
This edition was made unlimited in the harder North American market. Remarkable for these records is that people were involved in the making, and the sound was more bombastic than any other album. It was very well received. Yngwie Malmsteen was hired as a session singer for the albums and thus the band returned to mix operatic voices with rock vocals and would also be touring with the band.
This was the most extensive tour ever for Therion, comprising shows over four continents. Drums were played by Petter Karlsson. After the tour the band was supposed to record the album that had been saved for the future, but Christofer decided to only use two of the songs, and, together with the other band members contributing heavily in the songwriting, create something else. Reactions were divided, while some saw it as a step too far away from the classical and operatic sound that had become Therion's trademark, others saw it as a refreshing renewal of the sound.
To many people's surprise, the ex King Diamond and Mercyful Fate drummer Snowy Shaw joined in on vocals on the album and the tour. Snowy was an active part in developing the bands stage show which took a much more theatrical turn at this point. Lori and Thomas were later offered permanent status in the band, and with this the long tradition of constantly swapping singers came to an end.
In , most of the remaining material from the previously saved album was mixed with new material and was finally recorded and released. The current line-up is:
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