Dark Empire
From Refuge to Ruin


4.5
superb

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (74 Reviews)
July 29th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark Empire tears down musical barriers and molds various styles together in a very compelling listen.

Dark Empire is a somewhat complicated group. The band is obviously a metal band; however they fuse musical styles together in a rather unconventional way. On this album the listener will be taken through energy driven power metal choruses, aggressive thrash metal riffs, and death metal shrieks all in one listen. As if all that wasn’t enough, the band also displays progressive instrumentation and intricate and melodic solos that undeniably make the music even more varied and intricate. With many different musical styles such as thrash, power metal and even progressive elements present, this album offer a truly volatile mix of metal that will keep you interested and listening for hours.

The vocalist is extremely talented, with incredible range displayed in his clean singing and rougher metal vocals. The vocals are complimented even more from the guitarist, who contributes death metal screams that, while out of place on a primarily power metal album, mold well with the instrumentals making it even harder to label this band’s sound. Despite taking various elements from various metal genres, the band has managed to make this sound their own, while remaining efficient in presenting each genre on this release.

While there are plenty of musical styles present, this record is for the most part a power metal record. In the past, power metal has largely received a bad rep. It is well known that the cheesy subject matter and sound of some power metal bands reaches epic proportions. However Dark Empire takes all the intense and powerful aspects from power metal and leaves all the cheese behind. Gone is the corny subject matter, as it is replaced by more personalized and meaningful lyrics backed by infectious instrumentation.

While I wouldn’t go so far as to label this a classic release, this album certainly has its merits. Even after a dozen or so spins, the material still manages to sound fresh and interesting with each listen. There is never a dull moment, and the band is careful to never lose their momentum. Certainly heavy enough for the thrashers and death metal fans, and melodic and hook driven enough for the power metal fans, there is something for nearly every metal head to be found within this record. That in itself is quite rare these days.



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Acanthus
July 29th 2012


9812 Comments


Sounds interesting sir, might have to go youtube some tracks later on tonight.

Funeralopolis
July 29th 2012


14207 Comments


I don't really know what to think of this album.

facupm
July 29th 2012


11356 Comments


souns interesting yeah, pos'd , I love short and accurate reviews

Funeralopolis
July 29th 2012


14207 Comments


Both vocal styles are done well but don't play off each other very well at all.

ThrashTillDeath94
July 29th 2012


783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"I love short and accurate reviews"



Yeah so do I. I hate it when a reviewer gets all artsy in descriptions and writes whole paragraphs painting a musical picture for the reader. I don't have time to sit threw that nonsense, it takes away from the overall point.

Acanthus
July 29th 2012


9812 Comments


I really like this guys voice, definitely intrigued.

Funeralopolis
July 30th 2012


14207 Comments


I approve of this album

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2012


4503 Comments


Another excellent review, man. POS'd!

ThrashTillDeath94
July 30th 2012


783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks dude

ZedO
July 30th 2012


1096 Comments


"...Certainly heavy enough for the thrashers and death metal fans, and melodic and hook driven enough for the power metal fans, there is something for nearly every metal head to be found within this record. "

Gotta check this out... pos

ThrashTillDeath94
July 30th 2012


783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for reading guys.



Just noticed that a guy named "Tro11" just 1 starred the album and neg'd my review. LOL

facupm
July 31st 2012


11356 Comments


how do you know who neg your review¿

ThrashTillDeath94
August 1st 2012


783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Before he 1 starred this, there were no neg's. So i guess you can call it intuition, an educated guess.

facupm
August 1st 2012


11356 Comments


yeah i understand but maybe there wwas something I didnt know



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