Therion - Sitra Ahra


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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

Additional info
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

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten
Rating:
8.5
"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.

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published 06.10.2010 | Comments (70)

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25.09.2010 - 01:19
Rating: 8
Elyar S.
Gud är Död
I dont know about others but for me it seems that Therion is successful again and that makes feel good. I love this band.
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Kiss my ass if you dont like me, I dont care.
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25.09.2010 - 01:29
Rating: 8
Elyar S.
Gud är Död
Written by Vonpire on 19.09.2010 at 20:40

First time i listened to it I was a bit disappointed, 2th time was better, 3rd time was great, 4th brilliant! ....

It seems that you know what metal music is! you cant judge a professional art so soon and in this case (music) you have to be patient. You are 31 maybe thats why, still metal

Metal music is not an easy one for sure, you have to focus on it, you cant understand all the elements and harmony with at the very first time you hear it. I cant forget that how I hated Pink Floyd's "The Wall" when I heard it for the very first time I really thought that there isnt any harmony and its all lame
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Kiss my ass if you dont like me, I dont care.
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25.09.2010 - 01:49
Rating: 9
Vonpire
Written by Elyar S. on 25.09.2010 at 01:29

Written by Vonpire on 19.09.2010 at 20:40

First time i listened to it I was a bit disappointed, 2th time was better, 3rd time was great, 4th brilliant! ....

It seems that you know what metal music is! you cant judge a professional art so soon and in this case (music) you have to be patient. You are 31 maybe thats why, still metal

Metal music is not an easy one for sure, you have to focus on it, you cant understand all the elements and harmony with at the very first time you hear it. I cant forget that how I hated Pink Floyd's "The Wall" when I heard it for the very first time I really thought that there isnt any harmony and its all lame



I am really glad to hear that, cause I think exactly same way as you. That happened with me with Epica, and man, what a turn-over! Now it's one of my fav bands, first time i listened to it i hated it (I don't know how, anyway, LOL, i must had been abducted or something!).

Stay true to metal!
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Beware the Shadows of Dusk
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25.09.2010 - 18:37
Rating: 8
Elyar S.
Gud är Död
Written by Guest on 19.09.2010 at 03:18

It's not bad. But, it needs to be heavier, or maybe I need to listen to it more.

I have the same feeling but its an ok album. Somehow it reminds me Haggard but it hasnt the same space.
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Kiss my ass if you dont like me, I dont care.
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05.10.2010 - 03:10
Goran Veljanoski
It's a very good album, with very complex compositions. The opening act says little about what this album is about but when you get to Kings of Edom you can easily lose your mind cause this is one of the best songs ever written by Therion. It's not Degial or Vovin, but here you can actually hear them play really crazy shit. Therion's music has been always about orchestration and choirs and the guitars were only the background of the music. So we can see that Christofer since Sirius B and Lemuria has been trying to make more straight metal songs than classical arranged metal and on this album he has done it's best, cause here you can hear some really good metal riffs and technical arrangements. I must listen to it a couple of more times before I can give it a rating...
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12.10.2010 - 10:12
Pazuzu88
Pazuzu
My first Therion album ,, and it is quite nice album
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20.11.2010 - 03:27
Rating: 10
Tyr Anasazy
Amazing album! best of the year for me, can't stop listening.
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There is only one rule to metal: PLAY IT F****** LOUD!!!
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25.12.2010 - 21:38
Blasphemer1992
Good album, but maybe sometimes a little bit boring. There a lot of choirs and other Therion's mark elements so I' m satisfied with this album
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03.04.2011 - 20:04
Kenos
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An embarrassing listen.
The best shitphonic metal album of 2010.
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03.04.2011 - 20:36
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 03.04.2011 at 20:04

An embarassing listen.
The best shitphonic metal album of 2010.


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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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19.07.2011 - 14:33
Rating: 6
drdml
Written by Guest on 03.04.2011 at 20:04

An embarassing listen.
The best shitphonic metal album of 2010.

+1
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06.08.2011 - 03:23
Rating: 6
Dark Cornatus
Powerslave
I've given it a few spins now, but i have to agree with some other's in saying it is probably the worst Therion album i have (I only haven't heard ...Lucid Dreaming yet). Don't get me wrong, i like it, some songs are good, but it's just not memorable and not even in the metal genre really. When you look at the other albums they wrote at the same time like Lemuria and Sirius B, they are an equal blend of metal, quoirs and symphonics. Sitra Ahra is only about a quarter metal, and only songs like Unguentum... and Din really show it.
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03.10.2011 - 16:34
whysoserious
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@Land Of Canaan and Kings Of Edom are the blast
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13.01.2012 - 03:25
Rating: 9
Leodrak
Written by Guest on 03.04.2011 at 20:04

An embarassing listen.
The best shitphonic metal album of 2010.


Dear, clean your ears.

Yo.
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13.01.2012 - 03:29
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Leodrak on 13.01.2012 at 03:25
Dear, clean your ears...

...of this garbage.

I agree with Kenos, this is an embarrassing album.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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13.01.2012 - 03:36
RavenKing
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.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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13.01.2012 - 05:09
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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13.01.2012 - 06:34
Rating: 9
Leodrak
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.01.2012 at 03:29

Written by Leodrak on 13.01.2012 at 03:25
Dear, clean your ears...

...of this garbage.

I agree with Kenos, this is an embarrassing album.



Sorry you think that but i still like this album not as good as Lemuria or Deggial or Vovin or TSOR. Kings of Edom and Land of Canaan are my favs.

C ya.
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13.01.2012 - 10:51
Kenos
Account deleted
Written by Leodrak on 13.01.2012 at 03:25

Written by Guest on 03.04.2011 at 20:04

An embarassing listen.
The best shitphonic metal album of 2010.


Dear, clean your ears.

Yo.


I didn't expect to hate this album so much, but I do and you don't know how I felt disappointed when I heard this godawful plastic garbage.
And I've always liked Therion, so I'm not a "hater"...
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13.01.2012 - 14:11
Vombatus
Potorro
This is the worst Therion without doubt, but it's an ok album me thinks. Some good songs like Hellequin, but most of it sounds too empty... only started to appreciate it after watching live... but that happens alot.
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14.01.2012 - 16:02
RavenKing
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.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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13.02.2012 - 01:58
Rating: 6
musicalkaratekid
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.
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03.05.2013 - 15:42
Rating: 7
Atrus
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 >_<
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03.07.2013 - 09:45
Rating: 7
HeathenHeart
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.
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Hold the Heathen Hammer Highest of all your goals
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07.02.2014 - 03:10
Rating: 10
Nagrzer
10
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13.10.2015 - 11:55
Rating: 7
Ziom
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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