All the Empires of the World
Blessings


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
December 14th, 2009 | 37 replies | 10,304 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hell, I don't know what to call this.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Simply at the prospect of free music, I downloaded All the Empires of the World’s first full-length. I expected strange music, but I never thought I’d be at a loss for an accurate comparison. Specifically, I’d like less things to compare to. If you pick it apart enough, Blessings contains dozens of elements of everything from Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s sans-vocals post-rock haze to the sludge riffs of Mastodon. For the simplest accurate description, Blessings sounds relatively similar to if maudlin of the Well were infused with sludge-doom instead of its death metal influences.

Through its 7 tracks, All the Empires follow a strangely straightforward structure of odd soft melodies crescendoing to loud riffs that eventually diminish back down. There’s not even any vocals*. HOWEVER, the distinction between the gentle drone and the hard n’ heavy makes the difference. If the formula seems simple now, the music certainly isn’t so.

The connections are endless.

If I were to describe the entirety of this album, I would have to make references to freak folk, gloomy Antlers-style indie, punk, stoner rock, and even Thergothon or Sunn O))) doom to paint an accurate picture of this weird-ass record. ***, there’s whistling WHALE CALLS in “Ghost of Sargasso / Of the Father”. The slow sections range from ambient acoustic guitars (check “The Prophet Part II”) to Kayo Dot-esque prog before they drain into Isis post-metal and melo-core a la Between the Buried and Me.

Now here’s the kicker: the best part of this album is, past its dizzying plethora of influences, All the Empires never seem to drive Blessings off on any schizophrenic tangents. The movements are intelligently blended, if not as dramatically as, say, Mono. The changes are simply stylistic, and the record always seems to stay just linear enough to keep “WTF” out of mind. And heck, its FREE if you’re a cold heartless cheapskate like everyone else.

*There's actually a few interspersed vocal segments in "[I Perceive Your Resonance]" that actually sound a lot like Colin Meloy of The Decemberists.



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ThyCrossAwaits
December 14th 2009



3009 Comments


Beat you to it, Willie.

Prophet179
December 14th 2009



234 Comments


Holy name dropping batman.

ThyCrossAwaits
December 14th 2009



3009 Comments


i know i know, but that's kinda the platform i was going on

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2009



6073 Comments


Could you post a link? This messy name-dropping was effective.

ThyCrossAwaits
December 14th 2009



3009 Comments


^did you mean ineffective?

download link:
http://recordsonribs.com/download/blessings

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2009



6073 Comments


No I meant effective. Much appreciated.

P13
December 14th 2009



1327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

except it isn't boring like Mono














Mordecai.
December 14th 2009



8256 Comments


zing

ThyCrossAwaits
December 14th 2009



3009 Comments


i don't think Mono's that bad....at least not the newest one

EverythingEvil2113
December 14th 2009



1278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

talks of gy!be, motW, Mastodon, and Mono have peaked my interest. i shall be checking this out.

Willie
Moderator
December 15th 2009



15778 Comments


Beat you to it, Willie.
Cool. Now I have a direction for my review, at least.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

tombits
December 15th 2009



3463 Comments


so, uh, what comparisons can be made between this and other bands?

Refl
December 15th 2009



43 Comments


I honestly think this is really nice and conventional sounding music.

SCREAM!
December 17th 2009



9621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been through this twice aand it is very good, definately a worthy full lenght after the great EP's they've released. I think I prefer Last Rights to this though, just by a small margin

YouAreMySilence
December 17th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This owns sooo hard.

Willie
Moderator
December 17th 2009



15778 Comments


Yeah, it does. I want to review this but I don't know if I'll be able to before the new year.

lobby
January 4th 2010



1251 Comments


listening to Last Rites now, how does this compare, and should i get this?

YouAreMySilence
January 4th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is much more grandiose. Do it.

Edwin
March 13th 2010



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is some pretty good shit.
Definitely deserves more attention.

SCREAM!
June 16th 2010



9621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot about these guys for a while. They rule so hard



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