-THE SYMPHONIC EXPERIENCE
Few bands have a bigger impact and relevance in their respective genres like Therion in the symphonic metal. And even before beginning to flirt with the subtle touch of a chamber orchestra and classic choruses, Therion was already causing a fuss in the early nineties underground death metal scene.
The potential of those days was enormous, but nobody could have imagined that the creators of the brutal Beyond Sanctorum would come to deliver such delicate and precious jewels like Theli and Deggial. XXI century has seen Therion continue to evolve slowly but inexorably; and the next milestone entitled Sitra Ahra will be shown to the world this coming September.
Christofer Johnsson took some minutes to answer the questions from metalicos.com and talked to us about the recent activities within the band, and also about the things that we can expect in their upcoming October show on Costarrican land. Enjoy the interview. In 2010, the symphonic experience goes on.
1-METALICOS-Hi there! This is Mauricio from www.metalicos.com in Costa Rica, thanks for this chance! How is the band doing these days, any special activities besides playing live?
THERION/ It's summer, so besides some festivals, we don't do much.
2-METALICOS-Less than a year ago you released “The Miskolc Experience”, which was the kind of album both fans and critics always wanted from Therion. What’s your opinion on the final result of the album and the reactions from the people?
THERION/ Mostly positive. I guess not everyone expected pieces from the old
masters like Wagner would be taking so much space on it (rather more than Therion songs), but in the end I think many Therion fans have discovered much new classical music thanks to that, and when looking back it seems that most fans (from what I've heard) enjoyed it that way.
3-METALICOS-It’s been almost fifteen years since Theli appeared and marked the breakthrough for Therion. How do you feel about all the things that the band has achieved during these years?
THERION/ I'm very proud we've had such a big impact on the metal scene. Back
then we were considered very exotic mixing metal with opera, today it is a very common thought.
4-METALICOS-What’s the status of the band in terms of a new studio album? Do you
have concrete plans already?
THERION/ It's finnished and will be released in September. The title is "Sitra
5-METALICOS-You have been with Nuclear Blast since the Theli album.
THERION/ That's incorrect. We signed for them in 1995, Lepaca Kliffoth was the
first album they released by Therion.
6-METALICOS-That’s a very long relationship -seldom found in the metal world by the way-. What’s the reason behind this lengthy union?
THERION/ Yes, I think it's because they have true love for the music and allow
us to do what we really want to do. They never interfere with the creative process and also offer good money, so we can do exactly what we want to do as artists. To my knowledge there is no other label offering that, so I would never even consider talking to another label.
7-METALICOS-The band visited Costa Rica in August 2004, touring in support of Sirius B & Lemuria, and played a great show. What are your memories from that first visit? Was it as you expected it to be?
THERION/ It was a cool show. The crowd was more relaxed than other places in
Latin America though, more like in Europe.
8-METALICOS-What are your expectations for 2010 in terms on touring? Visit new places, return to old ones maybe?
THERION/ Exactly that.
9-METALICOS-Therion is probably the most prominent symphonic metal band out there, and actually one which helped create this genre. What’s your opinion about the work of all the bands that decided to follow the path you built? How do you see this scene now a days?
THERION/ I think there are many interesting bands on that path. Some directly influenced by Therion at some point in their career, others being second generation of bands being influenced by those who came just after us. Nightwish is excellent and After Forever was also a great band. Epica did some cool stuff too.
10-METALICOS-How do you think that the recent lineup changes will reflect in Therion’s music?
THERION/ More towards the 70's, we all have the same taste now.
11-METALICOS-After a lengthy career like yours, what would you say it’s the reason why you still keep a privileged position in the metal world?
THERION/ Because we never tried to sell out and do something dishonest. Most
bands that have released 10+ records and enter a new decade with new sounds, try to catch on to the new musical currents appearing, "modernizing" themselves. Especially if they just made a record with a declining sales number. We never cared when sales went up and down, just did what we liked and kept the same spirit up like in the past. You may like or not a new Therion album, but no one can say we just repeat ourselves or make nothing new. So if you are into Therion and already have our up til today 13 released albums, and ask yourself the question if you really need the 14th studio album coming this fall, the answer is pretty clear. If you ask yourself the same question with say Saxon or Motörhead, you may think you're well off with the old classics you already have.
12-METALICOS-What’s the next step for Therion in the near future?
THERION/ Promote the new album and tour.
13-METALICOS-Alright, thanks again for this great chance, it’s been a pleasure! You can be sure that all your Costarican fans will be more than happy to read your words! Can you please say your last message for us?
THERION/ See you soon again in Costa Rica. We promise to beat the last show we