Fall Of Empyrean

Fall Of Empyrean

Fall Of Empyrean - Fall Of Empyrean ©2001 Self-Released
1. Behind Vacant Eyes
2. Cascading Rivers Of Black
3. Solar Journey
4. This Sanguine Farewell

Hailing from the depressing climes of Peoria, Arizona, Fall of Empyrean is a doom metal act derived straight from the catacombs of early My Dying Bride and Anathema. This four song CD, essentially a demo for the band, showcases their style in four lengthy tracks. All four of these songs are brooding, slow paced and quite similar to one another. Vocalist Richard Medina offers one low gutteral approach, while the guitars and occasional keyboard passages are semi-melodic and drawn out. The band has a tendency to stick to one songwriting approach throughout the CD, which tends to disallow discerning major differences between any of the four songs. While the band is effective in capturing the old doom metal feel of yesteryear, it would be nice to hear a little variation between the songs. The vocals tend to stick in the same gear throughout and if Medina could alter his approach even slightly, it would help elevate the music as a whole. On the plus side, guitarists Adam Russell and Justin Burning weave some nice, slow melodic patterns, with more than a few solid leads to give the songs some identity.

For a demo, the production is slightly subdued but still quite well done. The band sounds as though they're still in formative stages but there is more than enough promise to warrant future listens to future projects. Fans of old school doom are encouraged to get ahold of the band and hear that Arizona doesn't just offer golf courses for snowbirds and twangy fake country music.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/2002

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