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3.38 | 64 ratings

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3 stars "Sitra Ahra" is the 13th full-length studio album by Swedish symphonic metal act Therion. The album was released in September 2010 by Nuclear Blast Records.

The music on the album is vocal dominated symphonic metal. The backbone of the music is mid- to slow paced heavy metal but itīs the operatic and semi-operatic female and male vocals that completely dominate the music. The songs are epic and almost cinematic at times. Sometimes Iīm reminded of a grand musical ( broadway) production. The images are the only thing missing. Iīm well entertained throughout the playing time of the album as Iīm treated to well thought out compositions, excellent musicianship and a professional production. As far as the "metal" part of the album goes, I miss a bit of bite and recognisable riffs, but the intriguing melody lines and vocal performances make up for some of that.

I havenīt listened to much Therion since "Theli (1996)", but I understand theyīve played this style of vocal dominated symphonic metal pretty much since then. With that in mind I canīt put "Sitra Ahra" into a context discography wise, but viewed upon on its own merits this is a really good album to my ears. A 3.5 star rating is fully deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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