Reminiscence is the debut extended play from the band Empress. The group from Vancouver, Canada label themselves as a post-modern doom metal band. I have no idea idea what that actually means, but their record is decent enough.
For the most part, I liked what I heard musically on Reminiscence. There was a nice blend of heavy Black Sabbath-esque riffs and some slower, more mellow motifs. When they utilised these ideas properly, it moulded together into some pretty decent music. The group clearly have a knack for finding a solid rhythm and making a good tune out of it. They certainly have enough of those moments here. I also like that through out these rhythms there are are some nice hints of melody. It is subtle but it is there and it brings out a little extra something in the songs.
The one thing I didn’t like about their music is the vocals from the bands guitarist Peter Sacco. No offense to the guy, but his screaming just kills any quality in the bands music. It is extremely monotonous, very coarse and extremely irritating. It feels like his vocals are going against the grain of the bands music. It just felt annoying.
Reminiscence is a good EP for what it is. It’s half an hour of “sludge” metal or whatever folks call it these days. The music is catchy enough to recommend to fans of this style of music but I would say without any doubts that the vocals just ruin this album. It is a waste to say the least.
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Track Listing :
- The Offering
- They Speak Like Trees