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|2.0 poor||leycec | 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 great||Tyrael | July 20th 14|
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|2.3 average||Trey 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.
|1.0 awful||Wizard | July 29th 14|
Two new releases with 1's in a week, ya know it's been rough listening!
|2.5 average||titanslayer | July 27th 14|
There's nothing really interesting about most the tracks and the few good parts don't go anywhere.
|0.0 ||Rendman | July 20th 14|
I am fucking crying. No, I'm not crying inside, I'm actually crying.
|1.5 very poor||Robert Garland STAFF | July 20th 14|
Such a disappointment, would have loved a natural progression but it seems the tides never truly returned.
|4.0 excellent||Keyblade | 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.
|1.5 very poor||DarkNoctus | July 18th 14|
can't decide which is a bigger letdown - agalloch or this
|3.5 great||Mythodea | 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.
|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
|3.0 good||yayafa | March 12th 21|
|5.0 classic||Radex | March 9th 21|
|4.0 excellent||Sunnyvale CONTRIBUTOR | March 8th 21|
|3.0 good||Dmax28 | February 29th 20|
|3.5 great||orakst | December 22nd 17|
|2.5 average||Xerian | December 3rd 16|
|2.5 average||Elynna | May 21st 16|
|3.5 great||8genre | January 5th 16|
|3.0 good||Mazarb | November 22nd 15|
|2.5 average||deslad | September 15th 15|
|4.0 excellent||tishtar | October 17th 14|
|4.5 superb||Kruppe | September 25th 14|
|3.5 great||Toolock | September 10th 14|
|2.5 average||Pherin | September 1st 14|
|2.5 average||Prole | August 9th 14|
|3.5 great||SMK | July 30th 14|
|2.5 average||Hawks | July 30th 14|
|4.0 excellent||bahlof | July 19th 14|
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