Therion
Sitra Ahra


1.5
very poor

Review

by pizzamachine USER (627 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2011 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Therion’s worst album is a laughable effort that badly needed a return to the drawing board.

Symphonic metal is metal with symphonic elements, what else did you expect? I mean seriously, did you expect something else? Did you actually expect it to not sound cheesy? Did you expect something new and exciting? Did you expect the symphonic elements in Sitra Ahra to be more than just an overused gimmick? Oh. Well then, consider my verbal attack uncalled fo… not. Let us begin, mortal.

Apart from the typical cheese of the symphonic elements, well, there really is nothing else notable. The drummer plays forgettable beats, the guitarists play forgettable and too simple riffs, etc. I suppose Therion can be forgiven since all but two band members left for good, but seriously, this is embarrassing. The only positive aspect of the album is the vocals which are shockingly well done, but vocals alone do not always make a good album. Therion would do well to note this the next time they decide to release an album.

Therion’s Sitra Ahra is an utterly pretentious effort that sounds more like a band cutting and pasting than putting any actual effort into their music. Ripping off ideas from every cultural music style that they could harvest, they crudely tossed them together and made a poor excuse for a salad, and that’s not all they did. They also made sure to make the orchestra play as simple, as boring as possible. Anyone could compose something so abysmally bland, in fact, I wouldn’t even call this a composition – this is more or less drool slobbered on paper, and then brought to life via a deaf man. Let’s also not forget that a few of the songs attempt “epic” length times of 7:22-10:32, clearly hoping for their songs to be just that - epic. Yet because the compositional qualities of the album are less than admirable, the lengthy tracks are horridly boring. With the combination of annoyingly long tracks, horribly done cultural influences, forgettable instrumentation, and uninteresting orchestration, the whole album falls apart. It really is a shame considering the greatness of their previous release, but it happened just the same.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyrael
January 23rd 2011


21108 Comments


Yessssssss! Ah you're gonna push my review off the front page... Oh well.

Willie
Moderator
January 23rd 2011


20214 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Terrible album. These guys have a few shining moments, but are usually pretty bad.

pizzamachine
January 23rd 2011


27258 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@ Ty: Heh heh oops.

@ Willie: Definitely agree there, I enjoyed their last album, but otherwise...

sifFlammable
January 23rd 2011


2741 Comments


lol sounds more like a rant than a review
but i suppose if the album was that bad u did it justice

pizzamachine
January 23rd 2011


27258 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It angered the beast within me.

Underflow
January 23rd 2011


5297 Comments


I don't think I've ever seen an album on Sputnik be so polarizing.

DonniSharK
January 23rd 2011


466 Comments


Nice review. Pos'd.

Dreamflight
January 23rd 2011


2210 Comments


This doesn't surprise me, Ghothic Kabblah was a very boring album too. In fact, only their mid 90's album were great.

DarkNoctus
January 24th 2011


12210 Comments


never liked this band at all

danielito19
January 24th 2011


12251 Comments


EDIT: damn double post

danielito19
January 24th 2011


12251 Comments


this is more or less drool slobbered on paper, and then brought to life via a deaf man.


Beethoven was deaf.

pizzamachine
January 24th 2011


27258 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Beethoven was deaf."



Yes, I am fully aware of that and expected someone to state that fact. It got your attention no? ;)

danielito19
January 24th 2011


12251 Comments


it did.

pizzamachine
January 24th 2011


27258 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

My work here is done.

tkxxx7
January 24th 2011


6168 Comments


pos'd, peetza . made me lol at 2 A.M.

gamwtinmanatus
January 24th 2011


29 Comments


does it suck so much? Gothic Kabbalah was good I remember.

danielito19
January 25th 2011


12251 Comments


But Beethoven was a cool dude. I thought everyone liked Beethoven. I mean, he was the original deaf jam.

These guys, on the other hand, are just so eeughhh.

Nimboc
February 17th 2011


77 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Biggest flop of 2010. I cannot understand how Johnsson came up with this. Sounds like a joke.



I miss Niemann brothers.

XfingTheSullen
May 22nd 2011


5247 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I thought Gothic Kabbalah was too poppy and sucked. From this album I particularly like only Kali Yuga III, the rest are adequate but unremarkable.

AnEpicDeath
January 6th 2012


313 Comments


Boss review. I lol'd.



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