Bassist Nalley Påhlsson of Swedish progressive/experimental metallers THERION will sit out the band's upcoming European headlining tour. According to Påhlsson, the reason for him not being able to take part in the trek is threefold. He says, "1) I'm alone with my two children and it's not possible for me to be away for over two months. 2) I'm right now studying and I have to complete my education this autumn. 3) I have lately had a drinking problem, and to be on tour is not the best thing for me right now."
He adds, "I'm doing well at home, feeling good and everything is under control and that's the way I'm gonna keep it!
"If everything goes as planned, I'm gonna stay a member of THERION playing on the forthcoming albums and hopefully I will also be able to show up and play live in the future."
THERION will release its new album, "Sitra Ahra", in North America on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm by Lennart Östlund (LED ZEPPELIN, ABBA). The cover artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard, who worked on all of the band's most recent releases in addition to collaborating with EDGUY, AVANTASIA, RAGE and HAMMERFALL, among others.
"Sitra Ahra" was mastered in New York and it features the following track listing:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
THERION recently recruited Christian Vidal from Argentina as the band's new guitarist.
Vidal made his live debut with THERION on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City.
Christofer Johnsson announced in May 2009 that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) had become a permanent member of THERION.
THERION's latest CD/DVD, "The Miskolc Experience", was released in June 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records.