THERION Concert Photos

Posted: December 18, 2010 in music
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What a concert it was, seeing this much talent in just two hours. I had been unclear as to which kind of music these guys played. Opera metal, definitely. Therion has changed much from its death metal days, and opting in to use 2 male and 2 female lead singers, Christofer Johnsson has made a choice that definitely suits me. Thomas Vikström handles the operatic duties very well, and even carries the aura of a nobleman with the way he looks at the crowd. I still miss Mats Leven, his voice is one of a kind, but I do agree that Thomas is a better pick for the band. Just, for the love of Joe Pesci, don’t try Blood of Kingu without Mats. At least get Snowy sing it or something. It just doesn’t work.

Coming to the other singers, Katarina Lilja is slightly overshadowed by the other singers , yet manages to get her sound across. And a body to die for, I might add, receiving a slight help from the corset-esque dress she has on her person. Lori Lewis makes the difference with her superb voice and by reaching those ridiculously high notes. I believe she even screamed in one instance, and she also plays keyboard. Her interaction with the crowd is way beyond average, and manages to sound very cute doing it. No wonder more than half the crowd (AKA, all of the men) is head over heels for her; she deserves it. But while she does great job between the songs, she can’t beat the interaction Snowy Shaw has with the crowd while singing the song. He uses every opportunity to help the crowd participate in the song, which is to say, very hard. Just as Vikström carries the detached persona on the stage, Snowy can’t help but smile upon seeing the crowd chant for them. The way he screams in those impossibly high notes, it is inspiring beyond imagination. And to think that he is primarily a drummer, he does a hell of a job singing in various voices, ranging from deep bass to high falsetto, and still managing to have a unique voice to top it all off. Often times he even makes you forget that it is actually Vikström that is the lead singer.

Unfortunately, most of the others are nothing to talk about. Christofer, with his hat and sunglasses of awesome, has the air that makes you feel that the man has accomplished something this wonderful, and he knows it. He knows that he made this group possible, and does not need to do anything more to be recognized. That, I admire in a person. The lead guitar duty is passed to Christian Vidal, who handles the job perfectly, while getting lost in the feel of his guitarwork. The solos maintain a uniqueness while still being true to their album sound. For the drummer and the base, well, I didn’t really notice them until they came in for the bow at the end. Not their fault, I suppose, since the frontmen of the group are so imposing that you tend to forget the others. Then again, that’s why we have drum solos; to remind people that there still is somebody playing the drums on the stage. That, and so the other members can catch a break.

The concert was better than I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised. I came in without knowing most of the songs and managed to have fun. A good night’s fun, I suppose.

Oh, and the photos are up, just click the image at the top to get to the album.

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