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  • Audio CD (December 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • ASIN: B002QQ2G0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Elis return from the depths of life with their darkest and strongest album ever: "Catharsis". Heavy guitar riffs and catchy, yet unexpected compositions unite with detailed vocal melodies in a charming symbiosis. The new front lady Sandra Schleret plays impressively with the nuances of her voice to include oriental melodic sounds, fragile emotions, and rock odysseys, proving her extensive vocal capabilities. "Catharsis" is an extraordinary Gothic Metal jewel that once heard, will not voluntarily be allowed to slip out of your hands.

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This album is an absolute favorite in my collection.
Greg
There is less repetition in my book which in the past always dragged down the band's albums.
E. Anderson
Whoever Elis choose next, I will still be a great fan of there music.
Aria Araya

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Anderson on December 21, 2009
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It is hard to believe that it has been three years since the sudden passing of Elis' frontwoman Sabine Dunser. I thought finding a suitable replacement would be a difficult task and this singer would not be able to fill Sabine's shoes. My concerns were unfounded when the band found Sandra Schleret. As a sample of what to come, the band released Show me the Way EP last year which featured the final records of Sabine with the band and "Show Me the Way" with Sandra on vocals. I was impressed and I wanted to hear more. The band finally answered my yearning for a full length album with Sandra aptly titled Catharsis. The album is appropriately dedicated to their fallen singer Sabine.

One of my concerns with the album was Sandra's vocals. I felt she sounded awfully lot like Sabine. Much to my delight, Sandra's vocals on Catharsis is much her own. While I can certainly hear a vague resemblence to Sabine's delicate vocals, Sandra is definitely a force to reckon with in the metal scene. Her vocals are much more upfront and stronger than I expected. For once, I did not mind bassist Tom Saxer's vocals as I used to in the past. I enjoyed all eleven tracks. I particularly enjoyed "Core of Life" and "Come Undone". I loved the melodies on those songs and Sandra's vocals. I enjoyed all eleven tracks on the album. I think this is the strongest album by the gothic metal band to date. The melodies are more memorable than on the previous albums. There is less repetition in my book which in the past always dragged down the band's albums. I won't say which women are better singers, both Sabine and Sandra were and are terrific singers whose voices meshes well with the aggressive guitar riffs and thunderous rhythm section. Catharsis is definitely going to be on my best of 2009 list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MO on March 11, 2010
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This is my first Elis album. Quite honestly this is one of the more refreshing metal albums I've picked up recently. Last purchases being Epica's Design Your Universe, Krypteria's Liberatio and In In Medias Res, as well as Avantasia's The Scarecrow.

This album features some pretty darn amazing vocals and some of the most interesting song craft I've heard in some time. I'm reminded strongly of Sirenia's more recent albums with solid vocals, and some heavy and creative guitar work.

More of a metal romp than the symphonic heavy Epica genre so if you're after more full symphony metal this isn't your strongest candidate. All in all a great album to pick up for the collection.
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By Greg on September 26, 2010
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The title of this album describes its contents perfectly. The whole spirit of the music within catches a band emerging with such power and energy whilst embracing their difficult past. Sandra provides wonderful vocals and certainly helps make this album such a joy to listen to. This plus their first album (God's Silence, Devil's Temptation) are my favorite two from this band, but all the others are really good too. I just love the energy that comes across in this album; powerful and beautiful at the same time, with just the kind of guitar work that I really enjoy.

I'm so glad to see Elis continue to grow as a band. This album is an absolute favorite in my collection.
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I already had purchased this album when it first came out, not knowing that there was a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD concert. So I ended up ordering this deluxe edition last week and just watched the DVD last night. Granted it's only an 8 track concert DVD but other than just having there only video of "Der Letzte Tag", this is a must have to have anything DVD of Elis. A long time fan, it is great to see and hear Sandra singing the songs originally sung by the late front-woman, Sabine. Unfortunately, Sandra left after recording this album. Whoever Elis choose next, I will still be a great fan of there music. This must have DVD is a concert at the 2007 Female Metal Festival in widescreen, 2.0 surround.
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