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4th October 2017


Therion's Christofer Johnsson is currently putting the finishing touches to what could possibly be Symphonic Metal's most ambitious release ever and on January 26th 2018, the curtain opens for the Therion creator's spectacular brainchild, 'Beloved Antichrist'.

'Beloved Antichrist' consists of three full-length CDs and is more than just a concept album. It's a complete rock opera with multiple chapters unveiling a sweeping story, partly based on and inspired by Vladímir Soloviov's 'A Short Tale Of The Antichrist'.

With an incredible total of twenty-nine different roles and characters, all requiring a unique voice, Therion hired not only a big choir, but also twenty-nine vocalists to bring this epic story to life.

With long-time collaborators like Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti, 'Beloved Antichrist' will contain the classical Therion vibe, as well as being able to drown in a magical maelstrom of many new, as well as familiar, voices.

Divided into several chapters, the opera reaches a full length of three-and-a-half hours and Therion are currently working on the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage. While this monumental undertaking still simmers away in the Swedish production halls, the band have announced a pan-European tour including UK dates, where they will perform some of their new masterpieces live in a classical concert setting.

Support comes from Russia's Imperial Age, Germany's Null Positiv and New York symphonic Metallers Midnight Eternal.

Don't miss this new milestone in the history of symphonic Metal and witness this dramatic staging of the apocalypse and all those brave, sinister and fascinating characters heading towards the end of it all.

The European and UK dates read as follows:

1st February: DE – Essen, Turock
2nd February: NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg
3rd February: UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
4th February: UK – Manchester, Rebellion
7th February: UK – Aberdeen, The Assembly
8th February: UK – Glasgow, Audio
9th February: UK – Sheffield, Corporation
10th February: UK – Belfast, Limelight
11th February: IRE – Dublin, Tivoli
13th February: UK – Bristol, Bierkeller
14th February: UK – Birmingham, O2 Institute
16th February: FR – Paris, Trabendo
20th February: ES – Bilbao, Santana 27
21st February: PT – Oporto, Hard Club
22nd February: PT – Lisboa, Lisboa Oa Vivo
23rd February: ES – Sevilla, Sala Custom
24th February: ES – Madrid, Sala But 2
25th February: ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
1st March: IT – Brescia, Circolo Colony
2nd March: IT – Rome, Orion
3rd March: IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
4th March: SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
5th March: HR – Zagreb, Tvornica
6th March: SRB – Belgrade, Dom Obladine
8th March: GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
9th March: GR – Athens, Poraeus 117 Academy
10th March: BG – Sofia, Weekender Club
11th March: RO – Bucharest, Arenele Romane
13th March: HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
14th March: SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
15th March: CZ – Praha, Meetfactory
16th March: PL – Wroclaw, A2
17th March: PL – Warsaw, Progresja
18th March: PL – Gdansk, B90
20th March: LT – Vilnius, Rock River Club
21st March: LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena
29th March: DE – Bremen, Tivoli
3rd April: DE – Munich, Backstage
5th April: DE – Jena, F Haus
7th April: NL – Tilburg, 013
10th April: ISR – Tel Aviv, TBA

Tickets have started to go on sale at Ticketmaster right here. Bookmark the link and keep checking back if your chosen venue is not available yet. This show is not be missed.

More info on 'Beloved Antichrist' will be revealed soon.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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