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Review: Heathen - Empire of the Blind
Empire of the Blind

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 47:16
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: October 24, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.76/5 (75.29%) (17 Votes)

It's hard to believe it's already been 10 years since Heathen's excellent comeback, The Evolution of Chaos. I was hoping for something roughly along the same lines with Empire of the Blind, but it's not nearly as hard-hitting as their past output and mostly does away with the thrashy sound that they used to mix with their traditional heavy metal; you know, what made them Heathen, at least in my book. The band has chosen a more melodic and more accessible path, venturing into a much more crowded field, and that's where they kind of lost me. It's not a bad album per se and it does have its moments where it sounds more Heathen-ish that make me wish the whole album still had that vibe, but I honestly can't remember much of it once it's over.

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