Empyros is one of the very few Estonian metal bands. It is formed back in 2002 and now six years after the formation of the band they are ready with their first full-length album entitled The Spectre of Ballantre. The album contains 8 tracks of heavy and thrashes metal with traditional lyrics dealing with social themes. This album has only been made in 200 demo copies, so being a lucky receiver of one of them I’m more than thrilled.
All of the eight tracks are a mix of traditional heavy metal combined with rage and aggression of thrash metal. It is heavy piece of music with fast and boiling guitars, but it is also speedy and powerful. The work of Mr. Condrad on drums is predictable yet it is powerful and insane. The vocals are traditional heavy metal vocals with huge emphasis on the clear singing but there’re also a few breaks with some screams and growls. When it comes to the production I might also say it is satisfying having in mind it is only a demo release, but there’s sure a space for the improvement when it comes to the sound. Also cover artwork is not the one that will automatically lead your thoughts towards a rock/heavy/thrash material. In general I must conclude that this CD will introduce the band to the wider European audience in nice manner showing that also they have something to offer to the overcrowded metal scene. But to say that this is groundbreaking or even unique material, it will simply not be true. I will highly recommend this CD to any heavy/thrash fanatic, but also to those metal fans that look for some strange, obscure and ‘exotic’ metal releases. For more info on Empyros please visit www.empyros.net or www.myspace.com/empyrosband