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The Turn Of The Tides

by Empyrium

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Stéphane Gallay Les nostalgiques de Dead Can Dance devraient s’intéresser à cet album, surtout s’ils ont quelques accointances avec le metal. Empyrium est un groupe rare, à la musique fascinante et très évocatrice et ce The Turn of the Tides est un album qui mérite toute leur attention. Favorite track: Saviour.
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El_Cuervo How the hell these guys didn't hit more year-end lists I'll never know. This is my no. 1 album of 2014.

Only occasionally does it cross the border into metal, occupying a neo-classical, neo-folk position which may alienate those craving aggression. But it's so carefully constructed and paced that it is completely captivating and I totally buy into the emotional journey depicted. The most complete album I heard in 2014. Favorite track: In The Gutter Of This Spring.
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With their fifth album, Empyrium embark on a new creative phase

Twelve years after their last studio effort "Weiland", Empyrium - the masters of natural ambiances set to music - return with a much-anticipated new album. Notwithstanding their creative break, "The Turn Of The Tides" is an Empyrium-album par excellence, although it bears strong testimony to the artistic and personal growth Schwadorf and Helm have undergone since 2002. The pre-published songs "The Days Before The Fall" (from the compilation "Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings", 2010) and "Dead Winter Ways (released in November 2013 as a limited vinyl-EP) have already implied that for their new material, Empyrium draw on different forms of musical expression more confidently than ever, yet do not shy away from the wide range their oeuvre has offered so far.
Concurrently with the music, the conceptional aspect of "The Turn Of The Tides" attests to a mature and evolved elaboration on Empyrium's essence. Nature and human emotion as reflected in it still remain subject matter of the songs, but here, too, Helm and Schwadorf choose a more abstract approach. "The Turn Of The Tides" adresses cycles, both within nature - the tides of the sea, the change of seasons, the eternal circulation of water - as well as human life, and insinuates how everything rediscovers itself in everything.

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released July 8, 2014



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Empyrium Germany

From all artists on the Prophecy roster, Empyrium have a special standing, and that is not only due to the fact that they were the first-ever band on Prophecy and that they shaped the label's profile like no other band in the first years. With their first two albums the first main project by Markus Stock a.k.a. Ulf Theodor Schwadorf set standards in the field of romantic, lyrical Dark Metal. ... more

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