Genre: Death Metal
Album Year: 2013
Location: Bridgewater, UK
Bridgewater-based deathcore 4-piece, Rise Of An Empire, have dropped their debut EP. The band take influence from Abominable Putridity, Abnormity and Ingested, while also providing their own new take on slam death and deathcore. Having already played with the likes of big names like Martyr Defiled, Silent Screams and Continents, you could expect their debut release to be rather good – and it is.
The artwork and song titles on the album resonate a deathly and dark theme, and it’s nice to see some originality regarding album covers – and not just generic hateful song titles and recycled artwork. The EP starts off with a track named ‘Necromatrimony’, which absolutely goes harder than 90% of current deathcore. The track evolves into a brutal, hard hitting mix of breakdowns, otherworldly vocals and slam riffs that could snap a neck.
All of the tracks on the EP are accompanied by some godly vocals and, as is now the standard in death metal genres, warp-speed drum work worthy of TAIM. The vocalist (Will Wilcox) can hit some very high pitched, solid screams while pumping out some fast-paced vocals and throat-shattering gutturals that go hand-in-hand with the drums and guitar work.
Every track on this EP is different, and, unlike some other albums, it does not get boring, repetitive or mundane – you could listen to it over and over again and it would still maintain it’s ear-crushing brutality. The tracks have an overall morbid sound to them, which goes well with the mentioned artwork and song titling. At some points Rise Of An Empire sound a lot like gods of the genre, Cattle Decapitation with the guttural vocals and slow, precise chugging.
The only negative I have about this EP is that I wish there was more. I cannot wait to see more from this band, they are going places. A must have.