Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Empyrium - Songs of Moors and Misty Fields [1997]

Empyrium started as a German symphonic folk doom metal band founded in 1994 by Markus Stock (mostly using the pseudonym Ulf Theodor Schwadorf) and Andreas Bach, but later Ulf T. Schwadorf separated from Andreas Bach and took Thomas Helm as his partner. Their first two albums, A Wintersunset and Songs of Moors and Misty Fields, can be considered doom metal with folk and symphonic influences. They combine harsh and operatic male vocals with deep slow guitar parts and atmospheric keys. Their music is heavy, dark and romantic.Two next albums, Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays and Weiland, are acoustic, and aren’t really related to metal. The genre of these albums can be defined as folk. Instead of keys they use acoustic instruments such as violin, cello, flute. The main theme is lead by monotonously repeated acoustic guitars. There are still operatic male vocals included, and in Weiland the band uses a choir. It still remains dark and melancholic, but Empyrium’s music lost its metal heavyness.The band draws most, if not all of its inspiration, from nature, as some of the album titles reveal. The lyrics are mostly in English, though in Weiland only German is performed. After their last album, Weiland, the band decided to stop recording.Discography…Der wie ein Blitz vom Himmel fiel…A Wintersunset [CD/2LP 1996]Songs of Moors & Misty Fields Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays [CD/2LP 1999]Drei Auszüge aus Weiland [7”EP 2002]Weiland [CD/3CD/2LP 2002]Members (line up):Ulf Theodor Schwadorf (real name Markus Stock) - guitars, bass, drums and vocals (also in The Vision Bleak, Noekk)

Dark Symphonic Folk Metal (early), Neofolk (later) - Germany

01.When Shadows Grow Longer 01:30
02.The Blue Mists Of Night 06:28
03.Mourners 09:18
04.Ode To Melancholy 08:48
05.Lover's Grief 09:12
06.The Ensemble Of Silence 09:53


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