Bands to Watch #251: Empress

By on Wednesday, 1st August 2012 at 12:00 pm

‘Left in Awe’ is Reading-based Empress‘ first single. They’re a band in their infancy, having only started playing music together in 2011. So normally you’d understand if these guys were ‘searching’ for their sound still.

Well, these guys have found it and they are blasting six shades of awesome at it. They have a go from describing themselves as Elbow, mixed with a bit of Mastodon and Pink Floyd to create the fantastic blend of prog metal that is on show.

Frontman and bassist Alex Loring’s vocal range is the focal point in this song, where he goes from as subtle a crooner as you’ll find to a roaring satanic catastrophe sound. It’s not quite a death metal sound, but it does have that reminiscence of those sounds, where the vocalist goes from subtlety to…ridiculousness. The music is extremely tight, with everyone slowly but surely getting to exactly where they need to be for the song.

Now, while it may not be hugely accessible music, if this stuff is your bag then well, you are in for a treat. A brief (longer than most songs) exploration into the darker kind of Elbow. Just don’t expect the beautiful lyrical work of ‘One Day Like This.’ However, don’t be disappointed by it either. Empress are an unknown entity at the moment and with very few releases, these boys are ones to look out for on the future. Rock on boys, rock on.

You can get a free download of ‘Left in Awe’ from the widget after the band’s unofficial video for the song below.


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