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Empyrium : A Wintersunset

This debut album of the German atmospheric, folky band Empyrium, is dedicated to the "overwhelming beauty of nature". The bandmembers declare that nature is their greatest source of inspiration, which they illustrate with a beautiful cover painting. But converting this beauty into music, is not an obvious thing to do. However, I think the band does a great job by creating very melancholic melodies supported by a very atmospheric sound. The music contains broad layers of synths, acoustic and electric guitars, background drums, clean, deep male vocals and black metal screams. Tempo ranges from mostly slow to some mid tempo parts. All in all, this album is a big candidate to play outdoors, during the warm summer evenings, accompanied by candles and a little bit cold red wine.

Empyrium fully draws the card of atmosphere and melody, so some 'true' doom-metal fans will probably not like this album, because of the lack of heavy, distorted guitars and sick grunts. But for those who like this melancholic, rather folky type of music, I can only recommend this effort.

Compared to later Empyrium albums, this album is a little harsher [Editor note: personally, I think that 'Songs of Moors and Misty Fields' is much harsher]. On 'Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays', the band even dropped the electric guitars and the screams.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Moonromanticism
2. Under Dreamskies
3. The Fraconian Woods in Winter's Silence
4. The Yearning
5. Autumn Grey Views
6. Ordain'd to Thee
7. A Gentle Grieving Farewell Kiss

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

Visit the Empyrium bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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