Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Reveries End - Empyreal Form

Another relatively new group that has formed straight out of Tampere, Finland is the gothic/melodic doom metal act Reveries End. The five member band have been active since 2011 and have since released two demos, both having been released just months apart from each other in 2012. Their first demo, Beneath the Silent Shades, gained both praise and recognition rather quickly which led audiences to believe that the band were ready to progress to an EP, or even full-length, follow up. Empyreal Form is a follow-up demo to the highly acclaimed first release from the Finnish band, what more does it have to offer?

Genre: Progressive Gothic/Melodic Doom Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: June 2012
  1. Descent
  2. Crowned in Oblivion
  3. Of Darkness and Desire
Total Playtime: 15 minutes, 01 seconds





Rating: 9.0/10






Another relatively new group that has formed straight out of Tampere, Finland is the gothic/melodic doom metal act Reveries End. The five member band have been active since 2011 and have since released two demos, both having been released just months apart from each other in 2012. Their first demo, Beneath the Silent Shades, gained both praise and recognition rather quickly which led audiences to believe that the band were ready to progress to an EP, or even full-length, follow up. Empyreal Form is a follow-up demo to the highly acclaimed first release from the Finnish band, what more does it have to offer?

The demo begins with soft acoustic strumming which quickly gains a light distortion and backing double bass drumming. Soon, the melodiously baneful female operatic vocals kick in and carry each track with a mythological siren quality; they're calm and serene, luring the listener in with a cradling embrace before lashing out abruptly, infrequently, with harsh heart-wrenching screams. The vocal style can be compared to Jessicka Addams circa the Scarling. years, more specifically songs such as "City Noise" and "Broken Record" from So Long, Scarecrow. They have an appeasing range of mid-low to mid-high octaves incorporated in the mix, along with the aforementioned screams that artfully shock the listener when they come into play.


The guitars have just enough distortion to them to keep them interesting throughout the melancholic content. More often than not the listener will find themselves enjoying acoustic riffs that have a classical Spanish influence lying beneath them, which is very strange to hear coming from a band located in Finland, but Reveries End manage to pull it off without any fault; in fact, "Of Darkness and Desire" is entirely acoustic, one guitar sticks to chord strumming while the other makes use of finger picking and various minor leads. There are an assortment of distorted areas within the music, but overall the acoustic segments find themselves pushing this content further than the electric ones. The only negative aspect to the guitars are that they are barely mixed too low given their soft nature, if pushed up just a notch or two it would prevent the guitars from being consumed by the lusty vocals. The bass can be heard on occasion plugging through the background slowly with walking lines, or just the empowering deep note here and there; enough to give emphasis where it is needed. The drums come with an assortment of tribal styled patterns that specifically use the tom-tom and snare drums the most with some bass drum kicks to darken the mood. "Descent" is the only song that actually offers any sort of double bass kicks, but it is incredibly refreshing to hear music that doesn't have to rely on that style of drumming throughout the entire course of an album.

Reveries End have created a deep, rich, melodiously melancholic experience; one that doesn't come along every day. The audio is soft, yet haunting and captivating in every aspect which leaves the audience wishing that Empyreal Form lasted more than fifteen minutes. The gothic vocals are the true highlight of the material on this demo, backed by ever elegant guitars and tasteful drum patterns. The high audio quality allows the content to shine bright and stand out as well, which is a major plus for any release of this type. The content could use a little more distortion for the guitars every now and then since the use of acoustic segments at the beginning of every song gets slightly redundant and predictable, the softness tends to suck away more energy than it gives back to the listener which could potentially wear a longer release thin. Highly recommended for fans of female vocals, gothic styled music, Scarling. fans, and melodic enthusiasts. Don't let this one pass you by, you can hear it for free in its entirety on the band's official Soundcloud page.

Physical Copy Provided by: Reveries End

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