April 9, 2008

Empyrium - 1)Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays 2)Songs Of Moors & Misty Fields

EMPYRIUM started as German symphonic folk/doom metal and later neofolk band founded in 1994 by Markus Stock (mostly using the pseudonym Ulf T. Schwadorf) and Andreas Bach, but later many other participated. Their first two albums, A Wintersunset and Songs of Moors and Misty Fields, following a demo entitled ...Der wie ein Blitz vom Himmel fiel..., can be considered doom metal (or, as some will argue, folk metal) with folk and symphonic influences. They combine harsh and operatic male vocals, with deep slow guitar parts and atmospheric sounds.The following two albums, Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays and Weiland are acoustic, display a constantly heavier neofolk influence.

Artist: Empyrium
Album: Songs Of Moors & Misty Fields
Year: 1997
Genre:Symphonic metal,

In Songs Of Moors & Misty Fields EMPYRIUM combine the expectable metallic elements and synths with piano, acoustic guitars, flute and cello; however, none of this ever seems to have been just 'thrown in', something which bands who use this kind of enhancements to their metal are often (sometimes accurately, others needlessly) accused of. Everything fits here; everything has a purpose, and the musicianship found in this very doomy, yet majestic album is truly remarkable. The deep, clean vocals found in Songs Of Moors & Misty Fields may not be everyone's favourite style, but they suit the music so well that it just doesn't matter. These clean vox are quite varied too, and both deep spoken and various kinds of chanted parts are to be found, as well as several blackened vox sections. Extremely moody and superbly executed.

Artist: Empyrium
Album: Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays
Year: 1999
Genre:Ambient,Symphonic metal,

Where at Night the Wood Grouse Play
s is a melodic acoustic neo folk masterpiece. Give it a spin and you'll find yourself in a dark, misty German forest at night, encountering ghosts and dark, natural forces. It creates a wonderful atmosphere that encapsulates the listener, without being too intense. Infact it's simple melodies are rather calming and soothing, even though slightly chilling.
EMPYRIUM have created an extraordinary album!!


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