With over 100+ million streams and a tremendously successful album released only just a year ago, symphonic metal titans THERION have not been idle and continue their epic Leviathan trilogy with striking new single Pazuzu.
Christofer comments: “Pazuzu is a song originally written for another artist, but for lack of a positive answer on acceptance of the song, we decided to rewrite it for Therion instead. So style wise, it’s almost like a cover song of another artist – but written by Therion.
The song contains some powerful guest vocals from Eclipse singer Erik Mårtensson, in my mind the “Blackie Lawless of AOR”, definitely one of my favourite singers from the last decade of new bands.”
With defiant determination, THERION have always and exclusively done what they deemed right. Never did they stick to a formula, never did they release the same album twice, never did they give in to fickle friends like expectation, commercial aspects, or trends. Which makes it all the more astounding that now, 35 years deep into their storied career, they actually do something every fan had hoped but never actually thought possible. Enter Leviathan, a trilogy focusing on all the trademark elements THERION are beloved for by countless fans around the globe. After the first part set hearts aflame in 2021, evoking the glory days of the nineties, the symphonic metal grand-seigneurs continue their surprisingly fan-friendly path with their epic odyssey Leviathan II.
“We wanted to give fans what they want this time,”Christofer Johnsson states. “We have been doing what we wanted for so long, we just thought it fair to turn the tables just this once.”
Turning 50, you might misinterpret a move like this with a certain mellowing of age. You couldn’t be more wrong, of course: Johnsson is still the musical frontiersman looking for new challenges. However, after having finished the insanely sophisticated, elaborate triple album and rock musical Beloved Antichrist, even Christofer Johnsson felt he had reached a certain frontier. “After Beloved Antichrist I was lacking direction because I had done everything I ever wanted to do or achieve.” He sat down with lead vocalist Thomas Vikström to ponder their next move when it quickly dawned on them: “The only thing we never did was give the fans exactly what they wanted,” he grins drily.
Since their early days – THERION originally formed as a death metal band back in the late 80’s – mastermind Christofer Johnsson has come a long way, defining and developing a perfect combination of orchestral, symphonic, gothic and incredibly catchy metal that is second to none. Leviathan II will add another exciting chapter to THERION‘s history, which will be supported on the road with their first full European tour in several years, set to take place across November and December 2022.