Empyreal Sorrow – PRÆY

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/Label: Independent
Released: 2020
Buy Album: Here
Band Website:
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Band lineup:

Sebastian Moser-Bass & Vocals
Markus Winter-Guitars
Martin Szeike-Vocals
Julian Osterried-Drums
Martin Hofbauer–Guitars

Tracklisting:

1.  Praey To Sorrow 1:21
2. Thrown Into The Fire 3:38
3. Source Of Inhumanity 3:39
4. The Error Code 4:10
5. Come Down With Me 4:46
6. Quiet Depression 4:24
7. Scars Of Old 4:02
8. Voice Of Violence 3:57
9. Killing Silence 4:37
10. A Night Without Armor 3:48

Review:

Empyreal Sorrow formed last year before all the madness when this pandemic hit. In just over 12 months the band have been able to get out their first studio album in ‘PRÆY’. Pretty impressive getting an album out in a year but the roots of this band go back several years so the ideas were there and it was a case of bringing them to life.

Think most people have had quite a lot of down time this year, no gigs, most of us working from home so it’s a good time to get creative and pursue musical ambitions. Empyreal Sorrow certainly used the time to good effect and their first recorded venture is ready to take on the world.

The band went for a melo-death sound akin to the heavier and earlier works that gave credence to the subgenre. In terms of final product though, I think that Empyreal Sorrow have let themselves down on the production side of this album. It just feels a bit blunt and lacking in the flow that made some of their influences great. There is a lack of thunder that the writing of this album clearly went for.

The tone just isn’t right, there isn’t any power in the mix and it’s a real bloody shame as some of the moments fall flat when they should be shaking the foundations. And this happens on numerous breakdowns throughout the tracks of the album. Not even the bass fills help out, sad stuff really but there’s some more sorrow for you yet I doubt that it was intentional.

Things work better when the tempo is raised a bit like in tracks such as ‘Come Down With Me’ and ‘Source of Inhumanity’ where things flow better. There are some catchy tracks as well like ‘Killing Silence’ that have a strong chorus as does ‘Scars of Old’. I feel that these just paper over the cracks as, collectively, there’s a lot left to be desired here.

Unfortunate really, but this is the final package the band went for so they have to accept their railings with this first effort. It leaves a bland taste when things could have come together a lot better. With your first effort you want to make a statement and I feel that Empyreal Sorrow have missed this opportunity.

They now sound like one of those opening local support acts that go for the ultimate breakdown but too often and never connecting properly. Perhaps it was all a bit rushed but the band have said they have more music on the way so maybe a bit more time and maturing will serve the band well. Time will tell as it always does, let’s hope the band uses their time wisely.

Review By Pete Mutant
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