The latest manefestation from Empyrean Throne, comes with much awaited evil, violence and darkness. The fact that they are modern and new still leaves much room to make a shocking impact on the industry.
When I learned that they formed in 2011, I was a little skeptical, especially considering that they are on the black metal side. Many of the black metal acts we’ve grown to love have had many more years under their belt compared to Empyrean Throne, but no need to fret folks. This album carries similar elements to that of bands like Dimmu Borgir, Watain, Marduk, Septicflesh and more which is important when black metal seems to be the slowest growing genre lately. Regardless, if you love the aforementioned names, then this is another act to add to you BM library. If you’re new or semi-new to the black metal scene then I think you’ll have no problem with Chaosborne, already out, but if you decide to come into the album with a very elitist mindset then you don’t belong here. Overall, there is at least a few elements most metal fans will find memorable on the album.
The Twilight Order, opens the album defiantly on a killer level. A mix of grotesque vocals with clean doomy apocalyptic vocals, it’s certainly a shockingly terrorizing track. Blast beats, piano, strings, there are all the right elements to create a hauntingly sinister intro. Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam, I found to be devilishly enticing. A mix of Dimmu meets Abbath/Immortal, comes across here with dire riffs and tasty triplet double bass work. Make sure to stick around for the headbanging and the maniacal screams later on. The Devouring Mark, is perhaps one of the most evil and truer black metal tracks off the album. Eargasmic riffs and blast beats culminate to create such a tyrant force to be reckoned with.
The title track is where the symphonics and theatric black metal antics come in. There’s clean gang vocals, almost alluring an epic atmosphere as well. There are pinnacles of the track that almost take on a Behemoth like tone. The ending of the album comes in with the 9-minute track, Follow The Plaguelord The Harbringer Ov Pestilence. I was a little on the fence with this one as I felt this was more of a blackened folk metal track, not at all straight up black metal. There is some enticing melodic work here and there, overall there’s blast beats and typical black metal vocals.
Overall, this album is pretty solid. I’ll be honest it took multiple listens to really digest the album efficiently but eventually, the album came around. Empyrean Throne, has fused their own sound, not necessarily copying any of the black metal greats. The composure and structure of the tracks are greatly determined but if you’re like me and value symphonic elements then you may or may not like the album. Nonetheless, a respectable release from the American black metallers. Stay Metal \m/
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