THERION Part With Drummer, Secure Replacement

March 7, 2002

Sweden's THERION have parted ways with drummer Sami Karppinen. According to frontman Christofer Johnsson, Karppinen is tired of touring and drumming with a band. He will instead concentrate on working in our studio (this mean we will finally have more time available for other bands that want to record there).

THERION will still be working together with Sami in a way, as he is the permanent engineer/producer in the Modern Art Studio (where Secret Of The Runes was recorded) and we will record at least the most parts of the next album there.

[Sami] has of course not given up the drum playing, but at the moment he will only play alone and practice to get even better. Possibly he will appear in some musical studio projects in the coming future.

The decision to leave the band was not coming over one night. We knew that he had lost a bit of the inspiration since earlier and we all sat down and talked about it. Everyone agreed it would be the best for both him and us if we would use another drummer. So there's no hard feelings from any part.

As Sami didn't want to cause us any trouble, he made sure he already knew a drummer that could replace him. We have listened to stuff he has recorded and he's for sure a damn good drummer. We have met a few times and we seem also to get along very well personally. More or less we've already made up our mind, but just for the sake of it we'll have a jam just to see everything feels great for all of us. His name is Rickard by the way. We are planning to take part in some tributes and he'll play on those tracks no matter what. So you'll be able to hear him play even before the next THERION album.

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