Six years was simply too long to wait for a new, and second, Armory album, Empyrean Realms. These guys are just to good at what they do, which is creating some very fine American melodic power metal. Whatever is to be done well, should be done right no matter how much time and energy it takes.
To make the first obvious observation, Armory as a band and Empyrean Realms as music rivals anything done by European power metal bands, where the genre still survives and by which some will make comparisons. I just did. Armory has the strength of solid arrangements based upon melodic lines, epic and melodic twin guitar leads, deep sturdy rhythm section, which can keep the pace steady or galloping, and a sufficient accent of synthesizers. Armory is also toying with some obvious progressive metal nuances with key and tempo changes, without becoming mesmerizing complex. This ain't math metal.
Empyrean Realms brings nine songs, one of which is an instrumental, Horologium. While most are galloping power metal, those tempo changes find their way into many songs like Beyond the Horizon or Elements of Creation by example. Fundamentally, all those aforementioned characteristics permeate every song. There is not single wasted note or a musician and instrument not fully engaged and complimenting another. Love the guitar work. The simple result is that every song is terrific, and I won't bore you with specific details when you could be buying the digital download right now. Yes, Empyrean Realms is that good. Perhaps there is one slight caveat: sometimes vocalist Adam Kurland gets a bit pummeled in the mix as within Dreamstate or Fate Seeker. But this does not diminish the grandness of the whole. Empyrean Realms is quite recommended. Now go buy the album.
Armory's long awaited Empyrean Realms was worth the wait: this is some of the finest American melodic power you will find on the planet.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]