Empyrium   The Turn of the Tides
3.1
good
Release Date: 07/2014
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2.0 poorleycec | July 19th 14

In two pithy words: "Phenomenal disappointment." Empyrium definitely dropped the neofolk ball on what should have been the metal-cum-folk comeback of the year. It is not. It is "Dead Can Dance" in German drag, and this is not a happy thing. Remember that organic lushness, that acoustic whirlwind of dervish guitar and woodwind, that orchestrated paean to everything earnest and natural of Empyrium at their "Weiland" pinnacle? Right. That's all gone, supplanted by dirge-like vocal baritones maundering over inorganic Casio CZ-1-style synths. It's as generally pointless as it sounds, and just as bad. If I wanted the dessicated corpse of "Dead Can Dance" meets post-prison "Burzum", I'd surely have kickstarted that project. (I didn't.) If I wanted modern neofolk, however, Canadian (Musk Ox) and Norway (Vali) should have been my reference points. (They are now.) If you cherish those last, twinkling childhood memories of Empyrium at their duskiest and most authentic, avoid this at all costs.

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3.5 greatTyrael | July 20th 14

Oh Noctus

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2.3 averageTrey STAFF | August 6th 14

This is the first time I've ever heard these guys and they definitely are trying for that Dead Can Dance kind of vibe -- but it kind of sucks. If you can stomach this, you should listen to Decoryah (especially the debut). It's like this, but still retains a bit more of the metal.

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1.0 awfulWizard | July 29th 14

Two new releases with 1's in a week, ya know it's been rough listening!

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2.5 averagetitanslayer | July 27th 14

There's nothing really interesting about most the tracks and the few good parts don't go anywhere.

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0.0 Rendman | July 20th 14

I am fucking crying. No, I'm not crying inside, I'm actually crying.

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1.5 very poorRobert Garland STAFF | July 20th 14

Such a disappointment, would have loved a natural progression but it seems the tides never truly returned.

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4.0 excellentKeyblade | July 19th 14

While I was hoping for a return to their neo-folk tinged doom/metal sound, this heavily Dead Can Dance influenced incarnation of Empyrium suits me just fine as well.

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1.5 very poorDarkNoctus | July 18th 14

can't decide which is a bigger letdown - agalloch or this

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3.5 greatMythodea | June 26th 14

How,when,where,who! Please, LORD, let this be a folk manifestrEDIT: Yeah, expected it to be different, but hey, there are some great tunes here, so I dig it but not much.

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0.0 emester | May 28th 14

If that one track is any indicator, than this is going to end up as my 5th AOTYrEDIT: Well consider me disappointed that actually sucked

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