Ataraxia ‎– Paris Spleen

Cold Meat Industry ‎– CMI165, Cold Meat Industry ‎– cmi165-j
CD, Album

Companies, etc.

  • Glass Mastered AtSony DADC – A0100758531-0101



Complete title on cover: "Madame Bistouri & CircuZ KumP Proudly Present: Paris Spleen - A Folksy Horror Music Show".
Recorded, mixed and engineered between November 2005 and August 2006.
Lyrics freely taken from "Le Spleen de Paris".

<A HREF=>First 2000 copies</A> were released in Digipak packaging, all subsequent in jewel case.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 7 350020 545405
  • Matrix / Runout: [Sony DADC logo] A0100758531-0101 11 A0
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94K4

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CMI165 Ataraxia Paris Spleen(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Cold Meat Industry CMI165 Sweden 2006 Sell This Version
TW 1.124 Ataraxia Paris Spleen(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Twilight Records (2) TW 1.124 Argentina 2014 Sell This Version



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May 30, 2014
In the pantheon of conceptual artistic works, Italy's Ataraxia have certainly had highly acclaimed releases but there has always been the traditionalistic medieval approach to assure the fans that their beloved trio have not completely abandoned their sound. They have decided to do exactly that with this new album "Paris Spleen". Musically, Ataraxia have more in common with another Italian act, GOR this time around. Incidentally, GOR is the project of Francesco Banchini, their former percussionist. The circle is now complete, it would seem. A neatly tied up album of maniacle overtures. If only it was that simple.

"Paris Spleen" came about due to a medium by the name of Josephine Corelli who was continually tormented by visions of a long-gone Parisian institution known as Circus Kump, a collective of deviants who, according to the tale, put on their theatre of the grotesque for only one night before vanishing completely. These visions commanded her to get in touch with Ataraxia, a band she knew nothing about but who were completely suited to channeling these long departed characters onto an album. The results speak for themselves.

Ataraxia are an outfit primarily known for their alienated, vitriolic sound courtesy of vocalist Francesca Nicoli's unique vocal range fortified by Vittorio Vandelli's precise yet historically resonant guitar work. For this outing, the orchestrations border on the monumental with violent flourishes of kettle drum thundering down the length and breadth of certain tracks and classical arrangements that will take your breath away with their delicate tapestries; the frailty of this album is its core, the tenuous level of detail twists and eddys out into the black luminous sea... this is Ataraxia possessed. Gone are the lilting, wistful ballads of their last few albums, they have been replaced by madness. An intoxicating mixture designed to confront and terrify, "Paris Spleen" showcases the beauty in chaos, the elixir of dark ideals which have always been with us, whether we want to acknowledge them or not.