|Review: Immortal Empire - The Division of Empires (a Land Beyond a Great Vast Forest)|
|The Division of Empires (a Land Beyond a Great Vast Forest)|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 12, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:The Division of Empires (a Land Beyond a Great Vast Forest)
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
DIY black metal from good old England, Immortal Empire is your average one-man band equipped with low-fi production and odes to grimness. Despite the production which is fairly tinny and hard on the ears, there is some good material on offer here. Symphonics are used to good effect, although they do verge on Cradle of Filth territory from time to time which is worrying.
Tracks such as "The Supreme Allegiance" and "My Serpent Blood" show Immortal Empire at its best, with serviceable croak-style vocals, a some rip-roaring riffage which is actually rather cool. "Enslaved (Within the Sign of a Bestial Moon)" is another wicked number, with some mid-period Emperor influence proudly displayed. Of course the one-man band thing has been done to death, it really is survival of the fittest and with acts such as The Ruins of Beverast doing the rounds I think Immortal Empire still has a ways to go. There's potential here, and with better focus I think we could expect something a lot more noteworthy in the future. A good effort.
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