Empire Of The Scourged
“Transcend Into Oblivion”
I am all for trying something new. I have nothing against keyboards/synth as a rule. But when your keyboards and synthesizers sound like they were lifted from Vangelis or Tangerine Dream you have me at a loss. If I had to listen to New Wave at any point in my life I would most likely be in prison right now. Fill in the crimes with your own imagination. Fortunately not the entire Demo is just keyboard bombardment. I can honestly say that A Scarred Horizon is an awesome track.
Empire Of The Scourged if separated from the synth industrial sound would be a Death Metal band complete with growling somewhat guttural vocals. Fuzzy guitar tones and straight forward power chord rhythms.
I can see after reading some of the reviews that this effort at trying something different can be appealing. I have no doubt that there are those who will love this. It just doesn’t work because the keyboards/synth here are not inspired with a creative new sound or style. Neither were they way back when Eddie Van Halen added them to their sound, they were right out of the box keyboards. I would reject also the description as avant garde fore these reasons as well.
Maybe this will grow on me, I am one who is always willing to empathize and evolve my ideas and opinions.
1. Der Wanderer uber dem Nebelsee
2. Hollow Machinations of the Foul Spirited
3. Trapped in This Massive Process
4. Foul Machinations of a Hollow Spirit
5. A Scarred Horizon
PR – Bass/Clean Vocals
AW – Drums/Synths/Add. Vocals
RP – Guitars
FP – Synths/Add. Vocals
RM – Vocals
LV – Guitars/Synths
Rating: 6 out or 10
~Alaric Hannibal Barca