More chair rearranging as Swedish progressive/experimental metallers Therion have 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.
Christian Vidal was born in Zarate, Buenos Aires and he first started playing guitar at the early age of eight. In 2007 he became part of The Road Vultures, a band that was formed with the purpose of backing former Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin.
In 2001, Vidal formed the heavy metal act Cuero along with former Kamikaze vocalist Enrique Gomez Yafal. Cuero completed several tours of Argentina and participated in a Metallica tribute album.
Christian released a solo album, El Viaje, in 2005. The CD featured a mix of instrumental rock with different native Argentinian styles like folklore and tango.
Therion recently completed work on its new album, Sitra Ahra [the artwork, which was unveiled on July 1, seen above -ed.]. The CD was mixed at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm by Lennart ?stlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA), who commented, "What you have made here is truly unique." 13 songs were recorded for the CD, although it is presently unclear if all of the tracks will end up on the final record.
Sitra Ahra was mastered in New York for a September 2010 release.
Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson previously stated about the upcoming CD, "Expect something spectacular, even by Therion's standards!"
Christofer Johnsson announced in May 2009 that vocalist Thomas Vikstr?m (ex-Candlemass) had become a permanent member of Therion.
Therion's new rhythm section is comprised of Johan Koleberg (Animal, Zan Clan, Lion's Share) on drums and Nalle "Grizzly" P?hlsson (Treat, Zan Clan, Vindictiv) on bass guitar.
Therion's latest CD/DVD, The Miskolc Experience, was released in June 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records.
On June 23, the tracklisting was posted:
1. Introduction/Sitra Ahra
2. Kings Of Edom
3. Unguentum Sabbati
4. Land Of Canaan
7. C? Chulainn
8. Kali Yuga III
9. The Shells Are Open
11. Children Of The Stone: After The Inquisition
[Source: via e-Prog and Therion website]