Tethra – Like Crows for the Earth
Release Date: February 11th, 2017
Tethra’s full-length album ‘Like Crows for the Earth’ is the follow-up to their 2013 record ‘Drown Into The Sea of Life’. Recorded by Matt Stancioiu at Elnor studios and mastered at Priory Studios by Greg Chandles. ‘Like Crows For The Earth’ was previously released in the European territory back in February via Sliptrick Records, but the band are gearing up to release the album in the US for July 23rd. Boasting an influence of different aspects the darker metal genres have to offer, such as gloomy doom metal, death metal and a touch of 90’s gothic metal. I took the time to see what the versatile Italian quintet had to offer with their new album.
The album opens with a short piece called ‘Resilience’, featuring soft guitar work and a harmonious string section hiding behind the guitars. A bittersweet start to the record. Thematically and emotionally speaking ‘Transcending To Thanatos’ is a good continuation of the album intro. An engaging chord progression yet the death metal vocals are jarring and loud in the mix. The vocals do compliment the sinister riff somewhat even if the verses lose the momentum the intro built. The clean baritone voice of the singer Clode Tethra is much more desired as the song hits the chorus. What lets the song down is how dragged out this chorus is as the song closes with little variation.
‘Prelude To Sadness’ is one of two instrumentals and one interlude on the album. This does another decent job of segueing into ‘Springtime of Melancholy’ – a song that certainly lives up to the melancholy part, it holds an air of 90’s alt-rock/grunge to it. Again it is let down by the vocals that sound less like someone screaming and more like someone choking on a pinecone.
‘Deserted’ picks up for lost momentum with a much more impactful and memorable intro with a strong Eastern influence, not to mention the superior riffs and better vocal hooks. Definitely a high point on the record. ‘Subterranean’ breaks the heaviness yet again with more soft melody, but at this point in the album it adds no flavour to the before or after tracks, if I’m totally honest it feels like nothing more than filler. I wonder if Tethra would be better served producing an EP with songs in this style as they are the higher points on the record.
‘The Groundfeeder’ has little new to offer the record and saps more of the energy and motivation to finish the album. ‘Entropy’ is the last instrumental on the album, and although they are probably the more interesting songs on the record, I would say they are a crutch. Especially when they are the more interesting songs on the record. The last three songs on the record do more of the same with little to distinguish themselves from the entire crop of songs on the record. I will say that ‘Earthless’ has the most aggression I’d heard from the entire album, but suffers yet again from vapid and lifeless verses. The title track feels as interchangeable as any track that preceded it.
I think the problem with Tethra and this album is not that it’s a particularly bad album. It’s like a stew, but it’s missing the meat and the seasoning. It’s mostly bland and forgettable. It’s not a bad album, it’s not a good album, it’s just an album.
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