EMPYRIUM

Folk Metal / Non-Metal / Symphonic Metal / Metal Related / Doom Metal • Germany
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Empyrium started as a symphonic folk doom metal band from Germany founded in 1994 by Markus Stock (mostly using the pseudonym Ulf Theodor Schwadorf) and Andreas Bach, but later Ulf T. Schwadorf separated from Andreas Bach and took Thomas Helm as his partner. Their first two albums, A Wintersunset and Songs of Moors and Misty Fields, can be considered doom metal with folk and symphonic influences. They combine harsh and operatic male vocals with deep slow guitar parts and atmospheric keys. Their music is heavy, dark and romantic.

Two next albums, Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays and Weiland, are acoustic, and aren't really related to metal. The genre of these albums can be defined as folk. Instead of keys they use acoustic instruments such as violin, cello, flute. The main theme is lead by monotonously repeated acoustic guitars. There are still operatic male vocals included, and in Weiland
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Songs Of Moors And Misty FieldsSongs Of Moors And Misty Fields
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Where At Night The Wood Grouse PlaysWhere At Night The Wood Grouse Plays
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WeilandWeiland
Prophecy 2019
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Turn of the TidesTurn of the Tides
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Into The PantheonInto The Pantheon
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RetrospectiveRetrospective
Prophecy 2006
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EMPYRIUM A Wintersunset... album cover 3.92 | 9 ratings
A Wintersunset...
Folk Metal 1996
EMPYRIUM Songs of Moors & Misty Fields album cover 4.47 | 9 ratings
Songs of Moors & Misty Fields
Folk Metal 1997
EMPYRIUM Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays album cover 4.46 | 5 ratings
Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays
Non-Metal 1999
EMPYRIUM Weiland album cover 4.00 | 7 ratings
Weiland
Non-Metal 2002
EMPYRIUM The Turn of the Tides album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Turn of the Tides
Metal Related 2014

EMPYRIUM EPs & splits

EMPYRIUM Drei Auszüge aus Weiland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drei Auszüge aus Weiland
Non-Metal 2002
EMPYRIUM Dead Winter Ways album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dead Winter Ways
Symphonic Metal 2013
EMPYRIUM The Mill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mill
Doom Metal 2015

EMPYRIUM live albums

EMPYRIUM Into the Pantheon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Into the Pantheon
Metal Related 2013
EMPYRIUM Bochum | Christuskirche | 2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bochum | Christuskirche | 2012
Metal Related 2013

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EMPYRIUM ...Der wie ein Blitz vom Himmel fiel... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
...Der wie ein Blitz vom Himmel fiel...
Folk Metal 1995

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EMPYRIUM A Retrospective... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Retrospective...
Folk Metal 2006
EMPYRIUM 1994-2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1994-2014
Folk Metal 2014

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Into the Pantheon
Metal Related 2013

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EMPYRIUM Songs of Moors & Misty Fields

Album · 1997 · Folk Metal
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Dialling back on the symphonic elements of their debut album, leaning on the folk metal aspects more and teasing out the doom metal undercurrents of their sound, on their second album Empyrium produce what may be the finest release of their metal-oriented years. With the next album onwards, they would shift into the dark folk territory they already find themselves on the threshold of here, but this last incorporation of metal aspects into their sound is quite excellent, and sets a precedent for musical territory later explored by the likes of Agalloch. An enchanting 45 minutes and an album that truly deserved to put Empyrium on the map.

EMPYRIUM Weiland

Album · 2002 · Non-Metal
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I have found that over time my appreciation of Empyrium's non-metal work has been sharpened and elevated by my explorations of the dark folk scene as exemplified by groups like Tenhi and albums like Ulver's Kveldssanger. The latter, in particular, seems to be a major influence here - though piano is more of a focus than on that album, you still have a chapter structure going on which suggests a conceptual framework comparable to Ulver's early concept albums. Morose vocals about nature and spirituality lend an air of the sacred to proceedings. A laudable achievement, and enough to prompt me to perhaps look again at Empyrium releases I'd not valued so highly previously.

EMPYRIUM Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays

Album · 1999 · Non-Metal
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Empyrium abandoned metal entirely after Songs of Moors and Misty Fields and instead went a pure folk direction on Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays. Having originally come to it after exposure to their metal work, I couldn't help but feel disappointed, but after digesting more works in the dark folk field that this is part of (and helped to kick off) I find that it's grown on me more and more, to the point where in comparison to Weiland I think this is the best of Empyrium's folk-oriented albums, just as its predecessor Songs of Moors and Misty Fields was the best of their metal-oriented releases. One for fans of Tenhi, or Ulver's Kveldssanger.

EMPYRIUM A Wintersunset...

Album · 1996 · Folk Metal
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Empyrium's A Wintersunset bears a fairly close resemblance to the sort of gothic doom metal produced by My Dying Bride at around this time - the main difference being that whilst My Dying Bride contained an occasional flavour of death metal, Empyrium instead show a very occasional influence from black metal, which usually manifests itself in the vocals, which lurch between the sort of gothic clean intonation My Dying Bride often used at the time and a black metal shriek. The themes of nature, sorrow and romance are somewhat soppier and more lovey-dovey than black metal fans are used to, but otherwise those who like the My Dying Bride sound might enjoy this one; at first I struggled to get to grips with it, and some of the songs don't hang together as well as they should, but in providing a basis for the dark folk explorations of later albums it's pretty decent and I find I enjoy it better if I listen to it with my folk ears on rather than my metal ears.

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