|With this release, Empyrium has created a beautiful (if somewhat short) collection of folklorish songs and nature themes. This time they have given up on electric instruments, using just acoustic guitars, flute and vocals. The sound is still recognizable, although a bit on the softer, quieter side than their earlier work.|
The songs are all rather on the short side (if you are used to doomy songs, that is), but flow into each other nicely, each one telling its own tale to the listener. Some of the songs are an instrumental ode to the beauty of nature and others recite a short folklore from Empyrium's region of Germany, or one made up by the band itself. 'When Shadows Grow Longer 99' is a more in-depth remake of the song from 'Songs Of Moors & Misty Fields'.
The artwork is once again stunning. Empyrium prove once again that the visual art is an important aspect of a release, with a sober booklet, stylish letters and beautiful, small nature photographs.
Concluding, 'Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays' is a short, but thoroughly satisfying journey through nature and folklore, comparable in style and high quality to Ulver's 'Kveldssanger'.
1. Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays
2. Dying Brokenhearted
3. The Shepherd And The Maiden Ghost
4. The Sad Song Of The Wind
6. A Pastoral Theme
8. Many Moons Ago
9. When Shadows Grow Longer 99
Duration : Approx. 32 minutes
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