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Les Fleurs Du Mal

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Therion is the band which originated, popularized and influenced the symphonic metal genre, cited as "the most adventurous metal band at present". Therion's music takes its themes from different mythologies, and is based on concepts ranging from occultism, magic and ancient traditions and writings. After the phenomenal last studio album "Sitra Ahra" (2010), easily THERION`s most stunning effort since "Theli". THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson decided to go for a rather special project called Les Fleurs Du Mal. A new concept for Therion and symphonic metal fans.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son
  2. Une Fleur Dans Le Coeur
  3. Initials B.B.
  4. Mon Amour, Mon Ami
  5. Polichinelle
  6. La Maritza
  7. Soer Angélique
  8. Dis-Moi Poupée
  9. Lilith
  10. En Alabama
  11. Wahala Manitou
  12. Je N Ai Besoin Que De Tendresse
  13. La Licorne D Or
  14. J Ai Le Mal De Toi
  15. Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 27, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: End Of The Light
  • ASIN: B009DB60W4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The album was bought back from Nuclear Blast and self released, then put out on this independent label, because NB did not like the album as it was. The main issue was obtaining permission for covering the original songs. As well they really didn't like the album much either and doing an album of all French songs seemed odd. I'm not a big fan of the borderline pornographic artwork (although some people like it) although it is interesting and well done I don't think it would be worth the trouble of dealing with copyright issues on 12 or so songs. So it was released in the United States where there isn't as much red tape. However, the joke was on nuclear blast because this album seems to have done well.

Unless you are already familiar with the original songs you would think this was just another Therion album, only done in a different language. In fact this is like a French version of Secret of the Runes. By that I don't mean it sounds like SOTRs I mean it is a good album from start to finish with a consistent "theme" and sound. This is different from some Therion albums (like Lemuria/Sirius b) which are just a random assortment of very good songs that don't really have anything in common with each other. So this is one of those albums where its worth listening to the whole album all the way through even if there may be a few parts you skip over to get to the better ones. This album has a distinct feel to it and when you listen to one of the songs you are automatically transported to this sexualized French type of world. SOTRs by comparison is in Germanic languages (Swedish, English, Old German), and transports you to a Norse mythological world.

Probably the weirdest thing about this album is that the lyrics are a little more sexual in nature rather than mythological.
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The lastest album from Therion is probably their best produced and mixed album ever.The vocals are stunning and instrument work has the best tone and sound from the band since Sirius B/Lemuria.The main difference is the content of the album lyrics.Instead of the World of Myths,Occult and Esoteric,we get a collection of French pop and love songs from a few decades ago.So is it a "Therion" album?The answer is yes!The songs all have the Therion treatment and just as any Therion album their will those people who totally get into it(in this case finding out what the lyrics are ,if they don't know French) and those who just enjoy the music itself and not ever care what the lyrics are.Isn't this ever Therion album?And for me there is no more mysterious and occult than love itself (I certainly don't understand it!) and at least the songs deliver a sense of joy and sadness (without knowing any French at all) than a standard Justine Bieber piece of crap.So if Therion wants to "break the rules of metal" and do an album like this more power to them. As for the songs "Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son " is a great album kick off up tempo song," Initials B.B. " is a very close example of what a Therion song of the current time would be most familar to fans."Soer Angélique" is my favorite (a wall of sound Sixties type song with Therion treatment) and "En Alabama" is a great example of a song that uses the beauty of the language to express a feeling.The whole album is strong from start to finish if you give it a few listens.
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Supposedly the last album fromTherion for a bit while Christopher is working on his opera. I was not too enthused with this album. I'm hoping it will grow on me, but the french theme (and feel) to the music is just not the Therion I have been listening for the past ~20 years.
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Wonderful album, by one of my favorite bands out there. My sister heard this album, and fell in love with Therion. In general, I'm not too enthusiastic or impressed with French music. However, this is absolutely stunning music! If you're a Therion fan, or new to Therion, either way it's a great buy!
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Very interesting. Almost like a work of alternative history fiction - but musical. A recording produced not in the France we know, but perhaps in Gallia Narbonensis. Unmistakably Therion, but unlike any other studio album they have released so far.
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"Je n'ai besoin que de tendresse
Je n'ai besoin que d'amitié.
Et je voudrais tant que tu restes
Je n'ai besoin que d'aimer" - Choir on "Je n'ai besoin que de tendresse"

Powerful, Melodic and Divinely Sexy. Easily Therion's best since "Secrets of the Ruins" - ***Doum666***

I wasnt sure either about an album full of french covers. It didnt really sound like a "Therion" thing at first (but thats only before i pressed "Play"). I didnt really know what to expect but i knew that the band's last album "Sitra Ahra" was a bit more complex than its 2 predecessors "Gothic Kabbalah" and "Sirius B/Lemuria". I looked at the titles of the songs and realised that they were all very well known french songs, mostly old classics, pop and traditional songs......I knew i had to get this......and im glad i did!

Hearing these classics and traditional songs sung by Therion and their choir was something i never would've thought possible. I was amazed to hear these songs with a "metal/choir" twist. I think thats the real beauty of the album, its like simplicity with an agressive touch. Usually, Therion's songs can be long, and full of complex arrangements. These french songs, being very simple and basic in their original form, were just the perfect songs to be adapted by a band like Therion. They were able to keep the melodies and main structure of the songs intact, giving the band plenty of room for nice solos and choir breaks. Lori lewis is an amazing soprano, her voice fits just perfectly with all the songs, giving them clarity, density and sensuality no matter what the mood is. Probably one of the best vocal performance given on a Therion album yet.
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