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Vile Regression
Empires

Company: Independent
Release: 2014
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Nate Turpin

  • Vocals weigh it down



  • Dublin, Ireland's Vile Regression is at it again with Empires. After listening to 2011's The Patterns Evolve, I was disappointed in the vocals. In 2013, the band changed line-ups with new guitarist Brian Brady and vocalist Padraig Coke joining. With Coke's efforts the vocals are not as overbearing as that EP but still in key with seventy percent of what you would expect from a metal act. Empires definitely has a more cohesive sound to enjoy, but again, the vocals weigh it down (like Randy from Lamb of God). The music itself does detract from the vocals and identifies that you are moving from track to track. They remind me of Gojira, lyrically. Rarely do you find such positivity, since metal is more about the dark side of man. A highlight is the 49 second song "Down to a Sunless Sea", a welcome surprise that serves as an intermission of sorts. That is an example of the band creating something out of the norm. The production values are top notch and elevate all of the melodies the band creates. Down for some riffage, technical drums, and melody in your metal? Try Vile Regression.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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