Album Rating: 4.0
Judging by Thera's debut LP 'If This is the End', the Alaskan outfit have a very bright future. Playing a unique blend of post-hardcore, gothic-metal & hard-rock, the quintet are spearheaded by distinctive lead vocalist Stephanie Plate. The raw production may polarize many (Plate & the backing screams often sound out of key), yet it all adds real vulnerability to the mix... This is enhanced by some captivatingly haunting piano melodies in amongst the metallic guitar riffs & leads. The 3 best tunes are the longest, allowing Thera to showcase their tempo-switching diversity. Recommended Tracks: The Aftermath, The Earth and The Air, If I Lose Heart & The Chase.