The mega Therion is back. Symphonic power metal band from French is long time player in the genre. They keep doing innovative music in the last few years. Up to the last album Sitra Ahra, Therion is gone through complexes symphonic metal with its many exotic instrument as well lyric put together. It is then not surprising if Therion continue their experimental and give us a full operatic cover album in French language. When it's say operatic cover it's literally mean Therion just having fun covering notes per notes of the French songs, or to be rather technical, a French chansons. The album titled Les Fleurs Du Mal or The Flower of Evil and it's also the in between album for the next Therion project, the big ones as some sources informed.
The best part of this album is Therion doing it straightaway the cover, just put the symphonic metal music, the riff, the double pedal and the chansons. It's surprisingly natural fit in some of the songs. Lori Lewis and the tenor voices are best to enjoy. Songs as in Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son, Mon Amour, Mon Ami, Dis-moi Poupee are the natural mixed between galloping metal drumming and operatic voices. When come to slow song, Une Fleur Dans Le Cœur or Polichinelle is simply a light soprano voices to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Then we also have Wahala Manitou that's 3/4 beat waltzing in nicely. The heaviest track is in Je N'ai Besoin Que De Tendresse, where soprano and tenor duet is likely give you a big smile and give you an idea to send a youtube video to your opera fans. Some are very simple and cheesy, Les Sucettes fo example.
I must say I enjoy this album. The average songs last only two or three minutes, mean Therion is just giving a 'bonuses' limited edition album to the fans. Do not take the album in complicated manner. If you can't appreciated the beautiful Lori Lewis and her tenor cast, then don't even try. This is also a good gift to your Sarah Brightman girl friend.
Metalharem class: ******* eight stars out of ten
Therion Les Fleurs Du Mal 2012
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01.Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son
02. Une Fleur Dans Le Cœur
03. Initials B.B.
04. Mon Amour, Mon Ami
06. La Maritza
07. Sœur Angelique
08. Dis-moi Poupée
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
16. Les Sucettes [bonus]
Thomas Vikström - vocals
Lori Lewis - vocals
Christian Vidal - guitars
Christofer Johnsson - guitar, keyboards, programming, vocals
Johan Koleberg - drums
Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson - bass
Tommie "Snowy Shaw" Helgesson - vocals
Linnéa Vikström – vocals