Therion Signs Licensing Deal With End of the Light Records For North American Release Of "Les Fleurs Du Mal"
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Very few details of the new Therion album "Les Fleurs du Mal" ("The Flowers of Evil") have been revealed due to the band's own "media band," including the sudden appearance of the new album cover on the band's website which led to speculation as to the name and the alleged cover art. The album will be revealed on the day of the start of the 25th Anniversary Tour on September 28, 2012 at Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band now confirms the album's title and that they have signed a licensing deal with End of the Light Records to release the new album in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on November 13, 2012.
The album Les Fleurs du Mal is a part of an art project that Christofer Johnsson has been thinking about for some time:
"The time was never right for it, but in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, I thought now will finally be the right time for it," Johnsson explains.
The album title refers to Charles Baudelaire's (French author and poet 1821 - 1867) famous poem collection "Flowers of Evil" ("Les Fleurs du Mal" in French) that caused such an upset of emotions in France that the author was brought to court and got fined for "insulting the public" with six of the poems, that remained forbidden in France until 1949 when the ban was finally lifted. The spirit of the project is a tribute to Baudelaire, and is imbued into both music and artwork. The album was recorded at Adulruna studio, located in a separate building next to Johnsson's decadent "Villa Adulruna" where the band lived together while recording.
Johnsson continued about the project: "The project was seen as too controversial for Therions's record label, Nuclear Blast, by the final results, so I asked if it was possible to buy back the master tapes of the record and release it on my own label. And after some negotiations, my wish was granted. But Therion is of course is still signed to Nuclear Blast Records for future releases."
By having full control of the release now, Johnsson has decided to do everything his own way, and starts by releasing the album to the loyal fans first that come to the concerts in Europe during Therions's 25th Anniversary "Flowers of Evil" tour.
Johnsson explains: "This is the beginning of a new period that will last for a number of years, where the band will focus on doing certain projects performed by Therion rather than releasing regular albums. In the planning after the art project is a rock opera that is scheduled to take several years to complete."
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