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  THERION
'Les Fleurs De Mal'
(Independent)
Release Date: 19th October 2012


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Therion Les Fleurs De Mal

For those of you who are not aware of the Swedish symphonic Metal band Therion (formerly known as Megatherion; Greek meaning Beast); and I must admit I was one until I received their latest album 'Les Fleurs De Mal'; are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. Formed in 1987 by Christofer Johnsson, the band originally started out as a death Metal band before crossing over the genres to symphonic Metal in 1996.

I was surprised to find out that 'Les Fleurs De Mal' is their 15th album release as this is a band that I personally have not had the pleasure of coming into contact with in any sense, which is a crime for saying they are known as one of the leading bands to kick off the symphonic Metal scene with their album 'Theli' in 1996.

The last Therion album, 'Sitra Ahra', was released in 2010, which was mixed strangely enough by ABBA legend Lennart Östlund at the famous Polar studio. 'Fleurs De Mal' however, was not released through Nuclear Blast, which is the band's record label, but as an independently funded release by Christofer which he recorded and mixed in Aldruna Studios, and was produced by Stefan Glaumann at Toy Town Studios, Sweden.

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The album, though not a concept, is a core part of a special art project, with the booklet containing pictures by controversial Italian painter Saturno Butto, and the album title being inspired by French writer and poet Charles Baudelaire whose works were entitled 'The Flowers Of Evil'. The tracks themselves are based on old French songs that have been stripped down to their bare bones and have been given a major overhaul by Chris and the guys to create a symphonic masterpiece in my opinion.

Some symphonic Metal bands go overboard with their bombastic over-confidence, however Therion have got it down to a tee. You may think it strange Swede's singing French, but let me tell you, it works!

There is plenty of power and emotion running freely through the compositions, complete with an unearthly and euphoric smoothness to both the mixing and songs. Chris' and American Female vocalist Lori Lewis' silky vocals are in perfect harmony with the emotive and fluently yet stunningly beautiful accompaniment. This album is like drinking a perfectly full bodied dark Red Wine, coating your senses and relaxing as you soak it up.

Commencing with a full on orchestral delight in the form of 'Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son' (2.45 min) as an intro, there is no lack of drama, leading the listener into the album with full promise of what they are about to aurally embark on.

For saying this is a symphonic Metal album with 15 songs, it definitely doesn't verge into the progressive genre, which most do. The longest track is four minutes long, whilst the others reign in around the three minute mark. This is refreshing as you get just the right amount without having any unnecessary drags. Any longer, I believe would spoil the impact and the va va voom of the individual tracks.

There is not one harsh moment that I can think of. This is a total and utter delight to listen to, with each track having a separate identity, varying from the traditional folk sound of 'Une Fleur dans Le Coeur', to the simply provocative 'Mon Amour Mon Ami' with its slow and seductive atmosphere, growl of Gothic organs and deep, dark riffs. Think 'Phantom Of The Opera' Metalized and you're not far off.

'La Maritza', 'Soer Angélique' and 'La Licorne D'or', are pure and uncomplicated with their arrangement whilst in total contrast, 'Initials B.B.', 'Dis-moi Poupée' are very dark and heavy, the latter having a very solid guitar solo.

The performance of the artists is technically precise. There is not one falter. Every instrument comes in to do their piece in such an exacting manner at times it's scary. It is almost like I am waiting for a total disaster to appear, but it doesn't. It keeps getting better.

Even the off the cuff 'Je n'ai Besoin Que DeTtendresse' with its pop/Abba sound emerging through the cacophony of guitars, drums and strings works, I even found it quite amusing due to its quirkiness. The chorus and its melody reminded me of Rainbow's 'Since You've Been Gone' as soon as I heard it.

The coup de grace comes in the form of the energetic and dramatic reprise of 'Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son' finishing a complete triumphant tour de force. It's just a shame I didn't pay more attention at French during my High School years, as this would only to serve to make this a totally perfect experience.

Hmm, I think I have put it clearly enough that I liked this album…and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't dared venture into the symphonic side.

Online: http://www.megatherion.com

Tracklisting:
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

BONUS TRACK (France + Touredition)
16. Les Sucettes

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Therion 'Flowers Of Evil' Tour 2012

28.09.2012, Holland Eindhoven - Effenaar
29.09.2012, Holland Groningen -Oosterpoort
30.09.2012, Belgium Antwerp - TRIX
01.10.2012, France Paris - Bataclan
02.10.2012, France Rennes - Antipode
04.10.2012, Spain Madrid - Heineken
05.10.2012, Spain Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
06.10.2012, Spain Bilbao - Rock Star
07.10.2012, France Toulouse - Bikini
09.10.2012, France Lyon - Transbordeur
10.10.2012, Switzerland Pratteln - Z7
11.10.2012, Italy Trezzo d Adda - Live Club
12.10.2012, Germany Glauchau - Alte Spinnerei
13.10.2012, Czech Republic Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
14.10.2012, Czech Republic Prague - DK Vltavska
15.10.2012, Poland Krakow - Club Studio
16.10.2012, Poland Warsaw - Stodola
17.10.2012, Hungary Budapest - Club 202
19.10.2012, Romania Bucharest - Arenele Romane Tent
20.10.2012, Greece Saloniki - Apothiki Mylos
21.10.2012, Greece Athens - Gagarin 205
23.10.2012, Russia Rostov - ODO
24.10.2012, Russia Krasnodar - Arena Hall
26.10.2012, Russia St.Petersburg - Glavclub
27.10.2012, Russia Moscow - Milk
28.10.2012, Ukraine Kiev - Bingo

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Wildfire is known for bringing the best in Scottish talent to Wiston Lodge, and there is one name everyone at Wildfire HQ agreed should be on the bill...

kiss KISS GET ANIMATED IN COLLABORATION WITH J-POP IDOLS MOMOIRO CLOVER Z!
Just when you thought the Metal world had gone insane enough with Babymetal...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will include a public memorial service, a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ...

walkway WALKWAY RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'STREETWISE'
The single is the first release from their second studio album. Walkway will support Status Quo in June 2015...

motley crue MOTLEY CRUE REVEAL DATE OF FINAL SHOW AND FINAL TOUR LAST LEG DETAILS: NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW
Motley Crue are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album package...

art of anarchy PRESENTING ART OF ANARCHY FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND, BUMBLEFOOT, JOHN MOYER OF DISTURBED AND JON AND VINCE VOTTA
Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art Of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup...

jettblack JETTBLACK RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Jettblack get serious in 2015, kicking things off with a headline tour and new single in February...

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS FANS PERFORM PUBLIC SEX ACT LIVE ON STAGE
"This was something definitely different to see at a punk concert..."

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW'S MISSING TRACK FINALLY RELEASED! A MESSAGE FROM DR HELL!
Evil Scarecrow have just released a new, old version of 'Robototron', which they feel is the definitive version of their most popular track...

eddie and the hot rods BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS LINE-UP REFORM FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY
This will be the first time all original members have played a full show together for over thirty years...

carthagods CARTHAGODS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, RON THAL AND MARK JANSEN
"It's been a long time that we look for this occasion to finally satisfy our fans..."

paddy goes to holyhead EXCLUSIVE: PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERT FOR ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
Sadly it's the end of an era as Paddy Goes To Holyhead have announced that they are to play their final gig...

grateful dead BREAKING NEWS: GRATEFUL DEAD TO RE-UNITE FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL CONCERTS
The reunion, billed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead", will feature the band's surviving members...

nazareth BREAKING NEWS: VOCALIST LINTON OSBOURNE LEAVES NAZARETH
"I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band..."

lordi LORDI ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR TOUR FORCE ONE
Lordi bring 'Scare Force One' to the UK for ten dates in the Spring...

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL TRACKLIST & FORMATS OF 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'
The new studio album, released on 30th March, is available in several tasty formats...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN LEADER STEVE HARRIS' MANSION BACK ON THE MARKET AT KNOCKDOWN PRICE
The mansion boasts its own pub called the Horse and Cart as well as an indoor swimming pool...

pete way EXCLUSIVE: ALL PARTIES IN BATTLE BETWEEN FIN MUIR AND PETE WAY OF WAYSTED GIVE A RESPONSE
"I can confirm that this appalling defamation is completely without foundation..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW AND DATES WITH QUEENSRYCHE AND ARMORED SAINT
Los Angeles Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint will join both acts for a special London show at the Electric Ballroom...

udo dirkschneider U.D.O. TO PLAY ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DONKEY'S YEARS
Germany's favourite rock god Udo Dirkschneider has announced three exclusive shows for the UK...

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED HAS GONE THE WAY OF BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
After a great first album, the departure of a superstar drummer, and very little touring, California Breed is extinct...

kamelot KAMELOT SIGNS TO NAPALM RECORDS; NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
In support of this highly anticipated release, Kamelot will hit the road for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour...

the gentle storm ARJEN LUCASSEN AND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN'S NEW BAND THE GENTLE STORM REVEAL TOUR DATES AND ALBUM DETAILS
"We'll perform some Ayreon classics together and premiere a couple of songs that will be on our upcoming album..."

jimmy page JIMMY PAGE IN FIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS OVER HOUSE RENOVATION
The pair are neighbours and have fallen out over Williams' plans to revamp his multi-million pound mansion...

hard rock hell SAXON ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9 WITH ROCK GODDESS, PIG IRON AND MORE
Hard Rock Hell, aptly titled 'House of Horrors', are pleased to welcome Heavy Metal Titans Saxon back into their realm...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL TO RELEASE 7INCH & DIGITAL SINGLE 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS' IN FEBRUARY
The single is available as a hand-numbered 7inch limited edition of which 500 copies are on black vinyl and 500 on blue vinyl...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON MARCH 9th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Santa Cruz will also play five UK dates as main support to Amaranthe...

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO HEADLINE GARAGE DAYZ RE-VISITED ALL DAYER IN LONDON
A mouth watering bill not only from bands that were a huge influence to bands like Metallica and Megadeth....

truffle TRUFFLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SOUTH COAST GIG WITH SIEGE, TOLEDO STEEL AND KODIAK JACK
Tickets are priced at only $7.50 for a night that promises to be full of faces from the area past and present....

ensiferum ENSIFERUM UNLEASH TWO NEW VIDEOS ON EVE OF LAUNCH ON NEW ALBUM
Today Ensiferum unveils the official new video for 'One Man Army''s title track as well as an in-depth "making of" clip...

autograph AUTOGRAPH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN OVER 25 YEARS
Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30th MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

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