Tales of Ithiria

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Tales of Ithiria
Tales of Ithiria album art.jpg
Studio album by Haggard
Released Germany August 29, 2008
Genre Symphonic metal, doom metal, symphonic death metal, neo-medieval music, classical music, gothic metal, neoclassical metal, death-doom
Length 43:03
Label Drakkar Entertainment
Haggard chronology
Eppur Si Muove
(2004)Eppur Si Muove2004
Tales of Ithiria
(2008)

Tales of Ithiria is the fourth studio album by the German symphonic metal band Haggard. Previously known under its work title A Dark Winter's Tale,[1] this album breaks the band's habit of writing about historical characters and events. Instead, it tells a fictional, medieval-themed story written by Haggard's songwriter Asis Nasseri. The album includes a cover version of the song "Hijo de la Luna" (Son of the Moon), originally written by José María Cano and performed by his own band, Spanish Pop group Mecano. However, his authorship of the song is not acknowledged in the CD's booklet, instead being referred to as "Traditional" music and lyrics. [2]

The album was released on August 29, 2008. It peaked at positions 37 in the German Media Control Charts[3] and 89 in the Swiss Music Charts.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Asis Nasseri except "Hijo de la Luna" by José María Cano.

No. Title Length
1. "The Origin" 1:57
2. "Chapter I - Tales of Ithiria" 8:08
3. "From Deep Within" 0:25
4. "Chapter II - Upon Fallen Autumn Leaves" 6:37
5. "In des Königs Hallen (Allegretto Siciliano)" (Music by Hans Wolf) 2:03
6. "Chapter III - La Terra Santa" 4:55
7. "Vor dem Sturme" 0:35
8. "Chapter IV - The Sleeping Child" 6:10
9. "Hijo De La Luna" (Written by José María Cano) 4:20
10. "On These Endless Fields" 1:03
11. "Chapter V - The Hidden Sign" 6:25

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Lords of Metal (94/100)[5]
MetalGlory (7.5/10)[6]
Metal Hammer (6/7)[7]
Sonic Seducer Favourable[8]

Tales of Ithiria received favourable reviews from the critics. The German issue of Metal Hammer noted a perfect arrangement of instruments and vocalists but criticised the short net playtime of music on the album, which consists of frequent narrations between the tracks.[7] The Dutch Lords of Metal webzine lauded the connection of classical music and extreme Metal and the transfer of the storyline into music.[5] The German MetalGlory ezine highlighted the multiple voice parts of male grunts and classical male and female voices but criticised the short total time as well.[6] The German Sonic Seducer magazine was critical though of the grunts which according to their review contrast the otherwise subtle mood of the songs. Sonic Seducer however lauded the work of drummer Mike Terrana as narrator and also the arrangement of the cover version of "Hijo de la Luna".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ forum.haggard.de (2006-09-07). "(Website is currently down)". Archived from the original on 2007-09-15. 
  2. ^ FolkMetal.de (2005-08-18). "Interview with Asis Nasseri at the Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2005 (German)". 
  3. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Haggard / Longplay". musicline.de (in German). PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Discographie Alben - Studio". hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Haggard - Tales Of Ithiria". Lords of Metal. 
  6. ^ a b "Haggard (Deutschland) "Tales From Ithiria" CD". MetalGlory (in German). 
  7. ^ a b Treimer, Birger. "Haggard TALES OF ITHIRIA Review". Metal Hammer (in German). 
  8. ^ a b Eck, Markus (2008). "Haggard: Tales of Ithiria". Sonic Seducer (in German). No. 9. Thomas Vogel Media. Archived from the original on 2011-01-05. 

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