Swedish Symphonic Metal Legends THERION Sign Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records! New Album to be Released Later this Year!

Swedish Symphonic Metal Legends THERION Sign Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records! New Album to be Released Later this Year!

Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish symphonic metal pioneers THERION! Following the release of limited vinyl reissues of the band’s critically acclaimed classic albums, ‘Secrets Of The Runes’‘Lemuria’, ‘Sirius B’, and ‘Gothic Kabbalah’ in autumn 2022, THERION is now joining forces with Napalm Records for the release of their new full-length later this year. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming album!

THERION states:

“After almost 30 years of being signed to Nuclear Blast Records, it felt like it was time to try something new when we were out of the contract. Napalm Records is one of the biggest and best metal labels around and they have shown interest in THERION for many years, so when the time came to look around for a new label, it felt natural to start negotiating with them. We came to terms and now we are thrilled to start working with them and have great confidence that they will do an amazing job with the coming final album in the Leviathan trilogy.” 

Sebastian MünchA&R Napalm Records on the signing:

“As a lifelong fan, it is with great pleasure that we announce the signing of THERION. As innovators of Operatic Metal, the band created timeless masterpieces with the albums ‘Theli’ and ‘Vovin’. Recently, with the releases of ‘Leviathan I & II’, Christofer started to tell a new musical story and a journey that we are very happy to walk together. Welcome to the Napalm family!“

Order the Reissues of 

‘Secrets Of The Runes’, ‘Lemuria’, 

‘Sirius B’ Gothic Kabbalah’ HERE!


Christofer Johnsson – guitars and keyboards

Sami Karppinen – drums

Nalle “Grizzly” Påhlsson – bass

Thomas Vikström – lead vocals

Christian Vidal – guitar

Lori Lewis – vocals


by Kev Rowland

 There have been many attempts to blend rock with operatic styles over the years, with ‘Tommy’ being widely regarded as one of the most successful, but in truth that was much more of a rock musical than a real opera. Here Therion, or more accurately Christofer Johnsson, have created a three-disc, three-act opera, lasting somewhat over three hours. With some thirty singers, there are times when the music is opera, with or without some metallic influences, while at others it is more like symphonic metal. Overall, one has to say that it is an incredible achievement, totally subsuming metal into an operatic setting, and I am sure that they are incredibly proud of their achievements. It has worked so well that this is going to be performed in its entirety at various opera houses around Europe. There’s only one problem for me, I don’t like opera.

I can appreciate how clever this is, and if any band can claim to have moved more musically than Opeth it has to be Therion, but I just don’t like it. True, it has been well recorded, the production and sound are great, and the layers are rich and complex, but while there are a few songs such as “Never Again” which I enjoyed, they are very different to the album as a whole. I kept checking to see if the album was nearly finished, not initially realizing that there are 46 songs here!

There are going to be many who acclaim this as an incredible work, and in many ways, I agree with that statement, but just because it is incredible doesn’t mean I’m going to enjoy it. When the album finished I had to wash out my ears with some Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Napalm Death just to feel cleansed and ready to face the next one. Yes, this is a true metal opera or even an opera with metallic tendencies, but it just isn’t for me and I wonder how many of their fans will feel the same?