SARAYASIGN - THRONE OF GOLD


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BAND Sarayasign

ALBUM THRONE OF GOLD

LABEL MelodicPassion

OUT June 24th, 2022

OUR RATING 80/100


INTRODUCTION

(from the band)


In a cinematic experience, music can propel narrative swiftly forward or slow it down. It often lifts mere dialogue into the realm of pure poetry. It's the communicating link between the screen and the audience, reaching out and enveloping all into one single experience. That's what we try to do through our storytelling concept and our music.


Like the exampled album "Operation: Mindcrime", our songs are stories, and they are all drawn from the fictional world of SARAYA.

Through the eyes and words of the storyteller comes a compelling story that started out as a fantasy for creator Jesper Lindbergh almost 25 years and later due to various reasons stored away as his personal notes in hope someday a chance for them to be realized would emerge.


Now, over two decades later, they are all dusted off and reforged into a series of tales, ready to take listener on a unique journey as SARYASIGN was formed and these stories could finally be unfolded

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The initial story will be told over the course of four albums and Throne Of Gold is the beginning.

SARAYASIGN is a cinematic melodic hard rock band, and we took all that we learned to love about movies and poured it all into the mix of this concept. With guitar driven roots from the late 70's, and the cinematic experience of the 21:st century, layered with strings and storytelling driven, melody-focused songs with an edge, the listener will be in for a treat.


THE WORLD OF SARAYA - CONCEPT / PROLOG


No one knows exactly how it happened, but in the beginning all that you see around you, this world and all these lands belonged to the gods. All of SARAYA as we know it is their grand design and soul creation.


In the days of old, they brought individual human souls into existence and created birth, before ultimately abandoning it and leaving it to the care of man.

Something went terribly wrong.

Alongside humans and the animals of this world, the supernatural, wicked beings, things feeding on corruption and power and the destruction of man, and those who shouldn't be came into existence.

A subhuman race spawned for one reason and one reason only. The destruction of man and the world as we know it.


Claiming the dark barren lands in the west as their own, their shadow started to grow. Through the ages it kept on growing and the world beyond the west borders became known as "The Dark".


To counter this, a divine gift of balance was granted to the human world.

A book carrying ancient secrets and scriptures how to preserve peace and harmony, counter the dark and restore balance for all.


But there are some who seeks it for different reasons. Those who desire darkness and power.

Those who will stop at nothing to find it and ultimately destroy the world along with it.

They want to see the world of man fall into endless shadow.


Ages passed, as did the hope for a better future.

Seeing our beloved lands withered away, something had to be done.


32 random pages was torn by man and in secret sent out and hidden away in the wild all over SARAYA.

Ancient runes were placed nearby to mark the spot of each known page location as a guide, a hidden breadcrumb only known to humans, in hope that someday, a gathering of brave souls would be able to track them all down, restore the book, and bring light to the darkness.


Each rune marking the location where a page is hidden is linked to the temple of restoration.

This secret hidden away temple lies deep beneath the surface and deep within SARAYA and is now as we know it heavily guarded by the most powerful and most vicious of SARAYA'S firstborns and they would pay with their lives to protect it.


Inside in the dead center is a runic circle that is keeping track of each found location. Each time someone is close to where a rune is placed and a page is hidden a new rune lights up and appears in the magical circle.

The circle is the pathfinder, the only compass that will lead to the location of the lost pages.

It will tell us where to look and is the only true guide to the restoration of the book.

When all pages are found and all the runes are lit, the darkness will succumb to the light and balance will be restored.


Word is out, anyone knowing anything about the runes are now being hunted.


Before the gods abandoned their creation, portals had been left behind. These portals were part of the architecture when time first was created. They were never meant to be left behind, and anyone who knows about their locations can now time jump the ages. Some pages were hidden in paralleled dimensions, so as far as we know it, they could be at the very same location, only in a different time dimension.


A race between good and evil has begun in the spinning wheel of time and fate now hangs in the balance. All pages must be found, and the search can never stop, but who or what will find them first?


The firstborns, guardians of the temple of restoration, those dedicated to the finding of the lost pages and the restoration of the book are growing weaker in numbers, but there is still hope.

Where some have failed, others might succeed. And there are others likeminded that are now rushing to their aid in the fight for SARAYA's survival.

These are their stories.


ACT 1 & 2

Throne Of Gold will consist of two acts divided in groups of 4 songs each.

Act 1 is four side stories from the first age in the timeline and it´s about characters bound to the search and finding of the first 4 runes and the locations leading to the possible finding of the books first 4 pages.

Act 2 is a present-day tragic love affair, involving one that is bound to the fate of the book and haunted by the dreams of his past life, but ultimately dies in a car accident, leading to the suicidal aftermath of his loved one. Through their journey, they are the reason the other 4 rune locations are about to be discovered.


These songs can be listened to separately, but the "nerd" can listen to the story in full and there's a whole world behind the songs to discover while they unfold.


REVIEW


We felt that was really important showing first the concept of this album, while we tried to listen this platter as a bunch of songs.

They start with THE BOOK OF WISDOM that, after a cinematic intro, shows a melodic hard rock sound; there’s no shortage of epic/mighty moments.

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE is a song with a great structure, enriched by a great solo while DISTANT MEMORIES provides a great texture, almost prog at times, with alternating faster moments, melodic and thoughtful parts.

IF ONLY FOR A MOMENT is a great ballad that grows slowly, SANDMAN is another various track that provides melody and different solutions.

They go on on with RUN and STRANGER IN ICE, two of our favorite, before the title-track ends in the best way an album TO BE RECOMMENDED.




TRACKLIST


The Book Of Wisdom 4:42

When Worlds Collide 4:22

Distant Memories 6:13

If Only For A Moment 4:51

Sandman 5:45

Run 5:03

Stranger In Ice 3:43

Throne Of Gold 9:22


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