EMPYRE

(UNITED KINGDOM)

RELENTLESS

(2023)
LABEL:

KSCOPE

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Groovy, Melancholic, Rasping vocals
"With this intense and captivating "Relentless", Empyre succeeds in a real master stroke. A must listen to."
NEWF (13.04.2023)  
5/5
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Here is the first big release of the year. And against all odds, it's an alternative rock band that delivers it, proving once again that what is most important in music is always the talent of composition, whatever the style. Besides, Empyre's style is not very original. The English band plays a modern rock influenced by the 90s and 2000s, Soundgarden and Alter Bridge in particular. So why is it so difficult to detach oneself from the 10 hits that make up "Relentless", the brilliant third album of the Brits?

As usual, the answer lies in the emotion that emanates from Empyre's music, in the melancholy underlying the intensity of each track, in Henrik Steenholdt's hoarse and gripping voice, in the obvious cohesion between the band members, and in the Englishmen's intention to conquer an international audience by composing anthems with catchy choruses of a formidable efficiency.

By combining the power of the riffs with the delicacy of the melodies ('Relentless', 'Parasites'), Empyre's music literally carries you out, playing on the eclecticism of the ambiences, sometimes atmospheric ('Waking Light'), sometimes purely emotional ('Hit And Run', 'Forget Me') and always tinged with a dull sadness, despite its clear Rock orientation ('Road To Nowhere').

But the most astonishing thing is Empyre's propensity to venture to the frontiers of progressive, making the British band the other side of the Channel cousins of the French band Lizzard. Tracks like 'Silence Screaming' or the magnificent 'Quiet Commotion' can easily be considered as progressive rock, justifying Empyre's recent inclusion in the Kscope catalogue.

This eclecticism and the flawless quality of the compositions make 'Relentless' an intense and captivating album. Empyre succeeded in making a real master stroke and imposes itself as one of the most interesting bands of the current rock scene. To be listened to urgently in order not to miss one of the major revelations of the year.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
ALTER BRIDGE, LIZZARD, SOUNDGARDEN

TRACK LISTING:
01. Relentless
02. Waking Light
03. Parasites
04. Cry Wolf
05. Hit And Run
06. Forget Me
07. Silence Screaming
08. Road To Nowhere
09. Quiet Commotion
10. Your Whole Life Slows

LINEUP:
Did: Chant / Guitares
Elliot: Batterie
Grant: Basse
Henrik Alexander Steenholdt: Chant / Guitares
   
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THIBAUTK
14/04/2023
  1
Je suis un peu du même avis que @Torpedo. Au vu des critiques dithyrambiques, de l'annonce du nouveau messie tant attendu, j'espérais plus bouleversant, plus novateur pour me conduire hors des sentiers battus... Le titre en écoute est du rock/metal alternatif de très bonne facture et efficace certes, mais très formaté avec des mélodies très classiques et un chant rocailleux qui rappelle Dusk Of Delusion bien meilleur et plus novateur pour moi. Un titre qui suit à 100% le cahier de charges d'un rock alternatif mainstream.
TORPEDO
14/04/2023
  1
Au vu des avis plus que positifs, je m'attendais à mieux. C'est essentiellement le chant qui me dérange, trop rocailleux et dans un registre qui ne me procure aucune émotion. Les parties instrumentales sont excellentes mais les mélodies en elles mêmes ne sont pas inoubliables. Pas une révélation pour ma part...
NUNO777
13/04/2023
  1
Merci Newf pour cette découverte dans un style que j'affectionne. Rien à ajouter à ce qui est décrit admirablement dans la chronique. J'appuie simplement ce qui est dit sur l'émotion dans ce disque. Elle surgit dès les premiers instants que l'on s'immerge dans les chansons, transmise très largement par cette voix qui m'a définitivement charmé.
CALGEPO
13/04/2023
  0
Empyre est tombé dans la marmite à mélodies !! Excellentes compositions et une belle interprétation rugueuse et juste en émotions. On en redemande
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