Thera Roya – Stone and Skin

Thera Roya's debut full length, Stone and Skin, sadly contains too much confusion. It is an album which, as the title might hint at, has its influences in too opposite styles. On the one hand, thick, heavy sludge and on the other, more atmospheric and ethereal post rock. The latter opens the album with the morose "Saffron" and immediately something feels flat. It's not that the track is bad but something in the balance between instruments and vocals, the latter feeling somewhat pale, just doesn't seem to click. The track following it, opening with a much heavier and sludgier intro, only makes aggravates the situation. "Egypt's Light" attempts to channel the kind of balance between pent up strength and outwards aggression as is mastered by A Swarm of the Sun for instance. While the vocals work much better here, something still feels lacking.