Thetra: Remaining faithful to the sound

Thetra – Empire Of The Void

Novara is a city in Piedmont in northwestern Italy and the city has over 100,000 inhabitants. Five of them play in the band Thetra, and the band plays a melancholic Doom Death.

Tethra will release their new album Empire Of The Void on 20th March via Black Lion Records. The concept around this new work focuses on the duality between what is hidden inside the depths of the human soul and the vastness sidereal space, both empires of the void. Recorded and mixed from August to November 2019 by Matt Stancioiu at Elnor Studios and mastered by Greg Chandler (Esoteric) at Priory Recordings Studios, this album contains nine original numbers of elegant melodies and a dismal, doomy cover of David Bowie’s timeless masterpiece Space Oddity. The track Cold Blue Nebula is a song it’s a threnody that faces feelings of detachment and loneliness passing through a painful and necessary transition to get to know our inner self.

Through the personal blend of progressive doom, death metal, and the most evocative gothic metal, Tethra strung along with a very dynamic songwriting process on this album while remaining faithful to the sound built for more than ten years of activity.

During the summer of 2010 the band recorded their first 5 tracks EP At the Gates of Doom.This first recording allowed the name of the band to spread among fans of the genre and you can already hear it with a very personal sound made of a furious Death/Doom but which incorporates in its sound Gothic Metal influences.

Between 2011 and 2012 Thetra starts playing live, supporting Sepultura, Daylight Dies, Saturnus, Forgotten Tomb, Sadist, The Foreshadowing, Jackfrost and taking part of Malta Doom Fest. The first full-length called Drown Into The Sea Of Life.The concept of this album is tied to the element of water and expands the main theme of the EP, the passage between life and death.

In support of this records the band played with Swallow The Sun, Antimatter, Officium Triste, Ophis and Evadne. In 2016 the band released a digital single, a personal cover of the classic Candlemass song Solitude, with a renewed line up. Three years ago Thetra released their second album Like Crows For The Earth that reveals how the band has evolved sonically. Elements such as acoustic breaks, striking solos and Doom-influenced melodies are perfect examples, topped off by Clode Thetra’s unmistakable tone.

In terms of song writing, the lyrics have become more intimate, focusing on topics such as loss, solitude and feelings of rejection. The album also deals with social issues, such as mankind’s indiscriminate exploitation of the Earth, metaphorically represented by the crow, if not stopped, this animal poses an undeniable threat to its ecosystem and is bound to destroy all other species.

Between 2016 and 2019 the band shared the stage with: Negura Bunget, The Vision Bleak, Monolithe and Abyssic and playing several shows in Europe supporting this third work.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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