While Therion's mastermind Christofer Johnsson said last year that the band's 25th anniversary tour would be the last for a while, things appear to have changed and the symphonic metallers have just announced an European tour with Arkona, Sound Storm and The Devil for December this year where the band will test ideas for their rock opera. Check out the dates below.

Christofer explains: "When announcing that we will be working on a rock opera for some years, we were met with many deep sighs as the original plan was to stay off touring completely and only do a few festivals once in a while (to not completely loose contact with the fans meanwhile). I've learnt over the years that it's better to focus on one thing and not interrupt it with a lot of other types of activities. I am, however, not unable to change my mind if there is a good reason for it. We are not supposed to start working properly on the rock opera until the autumn, but we have cheated a bit and already started a bit."

"We have discovered that the possible musical directions are many and after a while the idea to test them on an audience was born. Unlike a regular Therion album where we do what we wanna do and record buyers simply can like or not like it, this is a much larger project and we are dependent on making something that really appeal to people in a broader sense. The idea of spending several years on something that may not launch fully due to being too inaccessible vs production expenses is not appealing at all. Also after 25 years of doing whatever we wanted, it's a real challenge and a new experience to try to work in a certain direction intentionally. So we need guinea pigs to test the stuff on to see how we are doing. That's where you guys come in. So we will be doing a couple of shows where we will perform a few pieces of what we have so far and see the reactions, if we are going in the right direction or if we need to get back to the drawing desk again. We will also reveal the concept of the rock opera then. While being on the road with all the gear hooked up on stage, we will of course take the opportunity to blow off a set list with old classics at the same time."

European tour dates:

06-12 - Poland, Studio, Krakow
07-12 - Poland, Stodola, Warsaw
08-12 - Poland, Eter, Wroclaw
10-12 - Hungary, Club 22, Budapest
11-12 - Austria, Szene, Vienna
12-12 - Czech Republic, Fleda, Brno
13-12 - Germany, F Haus, Jena
14-12 - The Netherlands, Effenaar, Eindhoven
15-12 - Switzerland, Le Docks, Lausanne
17-12 - Italy, RnR Arena, Romagnano
18-12 - Switzerland, Z7, Pratteln
19-12 - France, Trabendo, Paris
20-12 - UK, Islington, London
21-12 - The Netherlands, Harmonie, Leeuwarden
22-12 - Germany, Batschkapp, Frankfurt

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Therion
Event: Therion: European Tour 2013
Posted: 28.04.2013 by BloodTears


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Rhiannon - 28.04.2013 at 14:23  
"So we need guinea pigs to test the stuff on to see how we are doing. That's where you guys come in." LOL
Anyway, if they play old songs as well, I might go...
Angel_Lament - 28.04.2013 at 18:11  
So we are the "guinea pigs" to them? seriously?? -_-
Warman - 28.04.2013 at 18:55  
Oh, that sounds like fun. "Pay us, go to a venue during a workday and stay there late and we'll give you a bunch of unfinished songs for you to enjoy... or not. We really don't know yet."

And seriously? How often are you eager to hear unreleased stuff during concerts? I might be the only one, but I've always been kinda dissapointed when bands play stuff I haven't heard yet.

And how good could it be if the band themselves aren't even sure?
Opethian - 28.04.2013 at 19:29  
Ellrohir - 29.04.2013 at 12:31  
So when exactly have we anschlussed Austria?
Bizzaremifo - 16.06.2013 at 21:11  
That´s weird...i don´t get it i don´t wanna be a guinea pig ...sorry guys ...without me this time..

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