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Empyrium - Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays (8,5/10) - Germany - 1999

Genre: Middle Age
Label: Prophecy Productions
Playing time: 32:28
Band homepage: Empyrium

Tracklist:

  1. Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays
  2. Dying Brokenhearted
  3. The Shepherd And The Maiden Ghost
  4. The Sad Song Of The Wind
  5. Wehmut
  6. A Pastoral Theme
  7. Abendrot
  8. Many Moons Ago...
  9. When Shadows Grow Longer '99
Empyrium - Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays
Who knows the first two releases "A Red Wintersunset" and "Songs Of Misty Moors And Fields", might be a little surprised when listening to the new EMPYRIUM-album with the handy title of "Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays", because there is not much reminiscent of those albums' Romantic Black Metal, rather ULVER's "Kveldssanger"-album comes to your mind more than once.

Already the opening title-track leads the way: acoustic guitar accompanied by flute and percussion, then add a clean deep male voice and you have a very simple, but still fascinating sound. The rest of the songs also features folky compositions without any electric support or similar add-ons, sometimes instrumental ("Dying Brokenhearted"), sometimes with female vocals in addition ("The Shepherd And The Maiden Ghost") or a nearly minstrel-like voice ("Many Moons Ago..."). EMPYRIUM have created an extraordinary album (in more ways than one), which is welcomingly different.

Alexander Melzer



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