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"Therion" is a Swedish symphonic metal band. It takes its name from the Greek word ''therion'' (θηρίον), which means ''beast'', in reference to the "beast" of the Christian Book of Revelation. However, the band's name itself originates from the Celtic Frost album ''To Mega Therion''. Therion was founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Beginning as a death metal band, they later turned to combining orchestral elements with their metal music, employing heavy use of choirs and classical musicians, not only as additions to but also as integral parts of the composition.

Therion's music takes its themes from different mythologies and is based on concepts ranging from occultism, magic and ancient traditions and writings. The majority of their lyrics are written by Thomas Karlsson, head and founder of the magical order Dragon Rouge, of which Johnsson is a member. The band has seen many changes in line-up and style throughout its history.


Therion was originally formed under the name ''Blitzkrieg'' in Upplands Väsby, Sweden. The founder, Christofer Johnsson, was originally the bassist and vocalist, despite having only played bass for a few months prior to the band's f...

years active 1987–present
status Active
origin Upplands Väsby, Sweden
music genre Symphonic metal
Death metal
current members Christofer Johnsson
Kristian Niemann
Johan Niemann
Petter Karlsson
website Official site
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia