Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Empyrium - Songs Of Moors & Misty Fields

Year of release: 1997
Genre: Doom/Black/Folk Metal
Country: Germany

01. When Shadows Grow Longer
02. The Blue Mists Of Night
03. Mourners
04. Ode To Melancholy
05. Lover's Grief
06. The Ensemble Of Silence

In a few words:

Empyrium was a German band that tried to combine doom metal with black metal vocals and folk music (at their early stages). Although you might thing this is an awkward combination, you will be surprised with what they have created. In this (second) album they balance between metal and folk, having also dark atmospheres and a cold feeling in their songs. There are also a lot of keyboards and classical instruments in their compositions, which make the listening much more interesting and symphonic. If you don't like metal, then try the band's following albums, like Weiland for example (neo-folk). One of the two main members of this band (Ulf Theodor Schwadorf) is now member of Vision Bleak.

Personal highlights:
"Mourners", "Ode To Melancholy" and "The Ensemble Of Silence"