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Release date: 17 September 2010
Style: Symphonic metal


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01. Introduction/Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
05. Hellequin
06. 2012
07. Cú Chulainn
08. Kali Yuga III
09. The Shells Are Open
10. Din
11. Children Of The Stone: After The Inquisition

The Best Symphonic Metal Album Of 2010

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Produced by Christofer Johnsson
Mixed by Lennart Östlund
Assistant Mixing Chris Laney
Enginnering at Polar by Chris Laney and Lennart Östlund
Mastered by George Marino

Pre-production made at Eaglehill Studios, January - August 2009
Bass, electric guitars, vocals and choir recorded at Adulruna Studio, Pettersborg, October 2009 - March 2010
Additional vocals and all other instruments recorded at Polar, October 2009 - April 2010
Mixed at Polar Sudios, Stockholm, March - April 2010
Mastered at Sterling Sound, April 2010

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"Taste the tempting Fruit and be an Outcast from the Paradise."

Therion have to be one of the acts closest to me, emotionally speaking, since they are one of the first metal bands I listened to seriously, wih Vovin being one the first albums I bought back in 1998 when it came out, playing its part in the unorthodox way I slided into metal music. Ever since they never ceased to amaze me and what I learnt from them is that if a Therion album is good, it has to captivate you from the very first listen. Of course you can't conceive everything it has to say from one spin, but it makes you highly interested into keep on spinning and spinnning until you can say that you own the album's cause of existence up to a welcome extent. Gothic Kabbalah was the first Therion album that didn't have a big impact on me, although good and a natural continuation of Lemuria/Sirius B, less heavy but metal of course, based upon the orchestrations, the symphonic passages and the operatic vocal lines. So I was really curious of what will happen with Sitra Ahra.

published 06.10.2010 | Comments (70)

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RavenKing - 14.01.2012 at 16:02  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.01.2012 at 05:09

Written by RavenKing on 13.01.2012 at 03:36

Written by Goran Veljanoski on 05.10.2010 at 03:10

Therion's music has been always about orchestration and choirs and the guitars were only the background of the music.

You need to listen to their first albums if you believe this.

that person will really get a shock when listening to the first two albums which are my favs by them btw. Total Swedish death metal in one of its harshest forms. Still play those two albums regularly.

"Of Darkness" and "Beyond Sanctorum" are the only Therion albums I like.
musicalkaratekid - 13.02.2012 at 01:58  
Rating: 6 I suppose if you were someone who had never heard anything by therion before, and listened to this album, you would probably be fascinated. But for those who had heard the 'Sirius B' and 'Vovin' albums, 'Sitra Ahra' may well have seemed a damp squib in comparison. Though the first half of the album is slightly more upbeat (and albeit more exciting), everything here serves a boring collection of metal songs backed up by an opera and some classical overtones. That said, therion still keep the listener intrigiued with a more than fascinating 'Kings of Edom' and brilliant '2012', but the other songs merely play by themselves, rather than link up to each other as a neat cycle.
Atrus - 03.05.2013 at 15:42  
Rating: 7 Nice album, but too much fillers in... some awesome themes though (Kings of Edom!)
And the new band look ¬¬ theyre shameful. Looking at the Band photo at Metal Storm and crying >_<
HeathenHeart - 03.07.2013 at 09:45  
Rating: 7 I have mixed feelings towards this album. They are still retaining (somewhat) their classic Therion sound, but are trying to explore new genres. The biggest shock was when i heard A HARMONICA in a Therion song, it sounded really out of place. Overall it's not one of their best, but its not one of their worst albums either, i still listen to it occasionally.
Nagrzer - 07.02.2014 at 03:10  
Rating: 10 10
Ziom - 13.10.2015 at 11:55  
Rating: 7 People seem to dislike this one. However, it's very interesting, a mix of metal, symphony and klezmer.
What's even more interesting - the second half is much better imho. A strong 7* for me. (changed from 9)

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