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Review: Empyrean - Quietus

Label: Prime Cuts Music
Year released: 2008
Duration: 49:00
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: February 1, 2010
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
Readers Rating

Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)

Empyrean play a sort of Melodic Death Metal, in that the band slaps a keyboard on top of fairly average sounding Death Metal. I can see the sort of gothic/symphonic effect they are going for, but I would much rather listen to this music sans keyboard since most of the time it serves no purpose other than adding an annoying buzzing sound over the other instruments. When the keyboardist does play his own riffs it sounds pretty cool, but this is rare as most of the time he is just obstructing the sound of the other band members in a failed attempt to be layered.

Apart from the keyboard the music is decent... nothing amazing but definitely headbangable at points. However, it mostly sounds like a cheap Children of Bodom ripoff with less shredding and fairly emotionless vocals. If Empyrean utilize the keyboard more effectively and add some creativity to their songwriting then their music could vastly improve, but for now they just give me a headache.

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