Therion is a pioneering Swedish symphonic metal band founded and led by multi-instrumentalist, composer, and vocalist Christofer Johnsson. Originally designed as a death metal band, Johnsson took the name from the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion. By the time they issued their third album, 1993's Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas, Johnsson remained the only original member and Therion's sound began an evolution toward doom metal with electronic and avant-garde elements. For 1996's Theli, the band's sound adopted Persian modes and scales, and was performed by a rock quintet, two classical choirs, a simulated orchestra, and an army of keyboards. 1998's Vovin found Johnsson recording with completely different musicians than he toured with, while 2001's Secret of the Runes was based on lyric themes from the nine worlds of Norse ...
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