I Am Empire
Kings


3.5
great

Review

by Nu Metal USER (28 Reviews)
January 26th, 2011 | 17 replies | 6,772 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kings by I Am Empire offers an impressive Tooth and Nail debut.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Tooth and Nail have gone downhill. Lets begin with that, they have strayed away from signing good experimental bands with a ton of potential. They have resorted to signing more washed out or bland acts making many people who once adored the label begging with their hands out for a return of the Golden Age of Tooth and Nail when acts like Underoath, Ivoryline, and Anberlin were its flagship bands. I Am Empire may not be the savior of the sinking label, however it’s a band that definitely brings its listener some nostalgia of that time.

Its quite certain that you can say a lot of positive things about this band. Kings is chalk full of catchy hooks, soaring vocals, and blistering guitar solos found throughout their album. Their interesting combination of Pop Rock, Hair Metal, and even Southern Rock is definitely attention grabbing. This combination is very prevalent in the song Heart Attack. Vocalist Austin Lyons truly shines in this song displaying an incredible voice reminiscent of the multi octave vocals of the glam rock bands of the 1980s, this range is also shown in Brain Damage. This may turn off some listeners understandably, but the talent of this vocalist is second to none in comparison to many vocalists who heavily require autotune that in turn drowns out any evidence that the vocals once came from a humans throat.

Brain Damage is the next song to be noted on this album. In this particular track, the instruments are what truly shine. The song begins showing the southern influence of this band, like their hair metal influence, they know how to use this well. The soulful and soaring vocals of Lyons are also seen as well. The drummer has an excellent roll and knows how to keep on time. The song also contains the amazing solo work I spoke of earlier. It then turns to an orchestral bit that doesn’t sound weird or out of place in the song.

Love & Despair is very much so a Ballad. It begins with atmospheric guitar noodling following slowing down the energy of the album. The song slowly builds up to its explosive point with a chorus and crowd chanted “Woah-ohs”. This is one of the most memorable moments of the album thanks to its explosive chorus and passionate vocals delivered by Lyons. The other song that is also very ballad-esque song is Take Me Away which alternates between both electric and acoustic driven bit. When most bands attempt this they come off as sloppy and inexperienced, however the band know how to pull this off to not sound messy.

The most lyrically passionate song on the album is titled It’s Not Fair. Which tells about how Lyons’ father left him and his family. The vocal delivery of the line “Its not fair to go, and leave me behind”. Will leave shivers down your spine. Instrumentally, the band attempts a more blues feel in this song, and it really comes out great combined with the lyrics and vocal delivery of Lyons. It really shows that this band is incredibly crafty at incorporating different influences to their sound and knows how to keep the listener focused to the album and interested.

I Am Empire may just be what Tooth And Nail needs to reclaim its old fans that loved the once powerful line of Pop Rock bands that once lead the label. For a debut album, I Am Empire offers an impressive and competent release that will reach the interest of many different fans. With that being said, I Am Empire definitely has the potential to grow in the Pop Rock genre and become a formidable force in the upcoming years.



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EyeForAnEye
January 26th 2011



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

10th review, be nice.

Eko
January 26th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

totally agree on the state of tooth and nail, though the little ive heard off of this makes me think this isnt going to help them at all. last awesome signing they had was capital lights but they broke up. and ivoryline sucks. pos'd.

EyeForAnEye
January 26th 2011



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks man!

Eko
January 26th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

im not gonna lie tho im listening to this now and its another example of tooth and nails decline. hair metal influence is pretty weird, good call there.

EyeForAnEye
January 26th 2011



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really like the incorporation of Hair Metal into this, its like a more talented Blessed By A Broken Heart.

Eko
January 26th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lyrics on hammers and anvils are so bad its funny.

EyeForAnEye
January 26th 2011



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Definitely not one of their strong points.

Eko
January 26th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

albums pretty average. sounds like a hair metal influenced search the city sort of. love & despair is pretty sweet.

silentstar
January 26th 2011



2229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Brain Damage is awesome.

Josh D.
January 27th 2011



13967 Comments


Another unpleasant T&N band, what a surprise.

NailScarredHands
January 27th 2011



46 Comments


Decent record, my favorite is Saints & Sinners.

seneca89
January 28th 2011



29 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice debut here, Saints and Sinners, Brain Damage, and Love & Despair were my favorite

DanielM
February 3rd 2011



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their independent album sounds like the good old Tooth & Nail alternative rock. I was expecting something like that, but it's pretty decent too.

AlexTM510
February 4th 2011



1398 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whoever produced this gave them that nice sleek produced sound. So it sounds good but its just too inoffensive for my tastes. However of all the crappy signings i think these guys have a potential they have yet to tap into (i.e something more experimental?). It's just a matter of them finding that.

Eko
February 4th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

doubt it.

Pndi
March 20th 2013



461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Was a lot disappointing (too hair metal-ey for my tastes) compared to the first full lenght. Anchors seems to be a huge step up after hearing some snippets.

MarkTheDead
April 29th 2013



644 Comments


Some songs are really impressive, some aren't as much, but their new album is much better.



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