Almost made it to the end of disc one but was too bored to go any further. There's nothing remotely metal going on, it's opera with a hint of guitar in the background. I applaud Johnsson for trying something different and following his dreams but this isn't for me.
I wonder, how does it, in your opinion, differ from, say, Vovin? That was kinda opera with a hint of guitar in the background as well?
I must say I find the new album pretty enjoyable so far. Some of the singers are better than others and a fixed group of singers could've been better, but in general I think they did a great job.
I have listened to tons of classical music, metal, opera and more genres; And additionally, I have attended some musicals but eh, I wouldn't listen to them at home cause i don't get so excited by them.. But this?? This is a true masterpiece!! Having small problems that can be overlooked, Beloved Antichrist is a phenomenal piece of work!! Amazing!! (It can't be enjoyed fully without reading the lyrics while listening)
Attended their concert in Helsinki yesterday. The ladies sang beautifully but overall a bit too much 'powermetalish' for my taste. Although the last tracks "The Rise Sodom And Gomorrah" and "To Mega Therion" were really awesome!!
They were reborn as a band that revolutionized music and invented a new genre, to be followed by Epica, Haggard and many others. Symphonic metal, originally created by Therion in 1996, dominated much of European metal scene throughout 2000s and is still going strong. And yet they managed to stand out. To date, very few bands came close to Therion's chtonic, colossal mythological symphony.
I would add Bal-Sagoth (basically, if Therion was Black metal), Leaves' Eyes and Turisas (Stand Up and Fight album in particular, this is where they really went towards Sympho metal). You may also be interested in bands like Wind Rose, Falkenbach, Summoning, Caladan Brood. And, as I see you already enjoy Rhapsody, Xandria and Sonata Arctica a lot, you totally should check out Kamelot, Mechanical Poet (early) and Edenbridge.
By Therion I'd recommend an Arrow from the Sun, Schwarzalbenheim, the Blood of Kingu, Melek Taus in addition to aforementioned.
By other bands: check out Turisas album Stand Up and Fight. It's surprisingly symphonic. Venetoi! - Prasinoi! in particular strongly reminded me of Therion. Darker bands like Bal-Sagoth, Summoning and Caladan Brood may be of interest to you.
unironically hope they do another album of retro french pop covers. i am being deathly serious. when i die i want to be interred in a mausoleum equipped with a sound system that constantly blasts opera metal renditions of jacques brel's greatest hits and causes property values in a six mile radius to hit rock fucking bottom
Dragon Rouge are also wannabes tho (like literally every living Occultist), they mix Jewish Kabbalah with Sumerian Paganism not realising those two are antagonistic forces. But bleh, you can always try maudlin of the Well for an experimental take on astral projection.
I don't like new Therion. They lost their characteristic sound... that magic and mysticism that made me discover new and ancient worlds. Now they sound cheap, empty :/ But I will always remember good times. 
I don't like new Therion. They lost their characteristic sound... that magic and mysticism that made me discover new and ancient worlds. Now they sound cheap, empty :/ But I will always remember good times.