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3.98 | 18 ratings | 3 reviews | 41% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. These Stones Cry from the Earth (57:09)

Total Time 57:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Juha Sirkkiä / vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, grand piano, harmonica
- Erno Räsänen / drums, percussion, 12-string guitar

- Aku Kolari / saxophone
- Timo Keinänen / Hammond

Releases information

CD Black Bay Productions ‎- BBP001 (2011, Finland)

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THENCE These Stones Cry From The Earth ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (6%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars THENCE is a Finnish duo of multi-instrumentalists that, after a couple of years of work, put this beautiful 57 minute opus together. The most immediate comparison that comes to mind is GREEN CARNATION's "Light of Day, Day of Darkness". Next to a similarly long title, the albums have a similar mood and sense for melody and melancholy, often reminding of PINK FLOYD, but also of KATATONIA and ANATHEMA. Good company if you ask me.

The track alternates between heavier metal parts with clean downcast vocals and soft interludes with brooding acoustic arpeggios, ambient synths and some nice Floydian guitar and sax interventions. The main melody and riffs that constitute the opening and at the end of the piece remind me a lot KATATONIA, especially their end 90's album 'Discouraged Ones'. The music builds up to a climax that resolves around minute 49. It would have been the ideal moment for closure, as the quiet 8 minutes that follow don't add much and stretch the mood too long. Even if they are fine by themselves, I miss an element of surprise, a change of chords or mood, or simply an abrupt end that would have made a stronger impact.

A wonderful album for fans of a gentle gloomy Floydian take on metal, similar to GREEN CARNATION, ANATHEMA or KATATONIA. The band gets carried away in their enthusiasm and could have improved their work by cutting some corners for the sake of a more concentrated impact. For sure one to remember for the top 10 year list.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I guess I wasn't patient enough. There are long parts to this single song album which go on for a rather long time. And it's all one song, so skipping around a CD isn't really that easy. And a good song shouldn't have you reaching for the fast forward button. That said though, there's some rea ... (read more)

Report this review (#572681) | Posted by Smegcake! | Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Definitely an interesting release from Norway, Thence's first release apparently took eight years to culminate into the end product we see here. I was lucky enough to download this when it was released by the band for promotional purposes - and I must admit, I was impressed. Essentially a two ... (read more)

Report this review (#572128) | Posted by Renkls | Sunday, November 20, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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