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Self-Titled by Empire of Rats

From Columbus, Ohio comes death metal Empire of Rats who are currently signed to 'A389 Recordings'. This is a review for their self-titled LP.

After a few songs you know where this whole album is going, its a straight forward run of the mill modern death metal record. This is the type of record where you know one breakdown is never enough, endless chugging riffs are heard for hours on end and all innovation is lost to make room for another breakdown.

So on the positive side, the vocals are well done. They fit in well and work around the riffs, the general performance is really good. And that's where the good aspects end.

As it says before there is a lot of chugging and breakdowns on this album, which really kills it. Whenever you start getting into a riff or a part of a song you're suddenly faced with a quick lose of tempo, flowed but by yet another lost of tempo which features more of the same chugging which just makes everything sound blend on the album.

Overall this isn't a bad listen if that's what you're into but even then you'll probably be feeling the repetitiveness hitting after a few songs. The album is really saved by the vocalist, who deserves a lot of credit with his performance on the record.


Reviewed by Adam Orlowski
Singer & Guitarist of the band Bedlam

Self-Titled has been released in 2013.

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