After 25 years in the music business, working with many recognized musicians, and producing a back catalog of over a dozen of studio albums with his band Therion. A band that broke all the musical barriers to successfully blend symphonic music, opera, and metal. Christofer Johnsson is a not only one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century, but also one of the most hard-working men in the business.
Therion‘s new album title refers to Charles Baudelaire‘s (French author and poet 1821 – 1867) famous poem collection “Les Fleurs du Mal” (Flowers of Evil) that caused scandal 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 lifted. The album is a compilation of popular french songs that were hits during the 1960’s and 1970’s, that were arranged to fit the style of the band. The spirit of the project is a tribute to Charles Baudelaire, represented in the music and artwork of the album.
The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Christofer Johnsson guitar player, producer and sole founder member of Therion. We talked about Les Fleurs Du Mal, the music business, a retrospection of the 25th years of Therion, and the future plans of band.