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Album Review: EMPYREAN THRONE – Chaosborne

EMPYREAN THRONECalifornia black metal band Empyrean Throne make their full-length album debut in epic fashion with the release of Chaosborne. The band’s unique blend of elements of industrial, black metal, and symphonic metal, creates a very powerful and addicting sound. Empyrean Throne combines the heavy vocals, double bass punches and powerful guitars predominant in black metal and fuses it with orchestral elements such as strings and percussion to create the sound for the album.

I am honestly not a fan of most black metal, but the sound that the band creates with their debut is attractive and full. The album fires on all levels from the very string-heavy opening of “The Twilight Order,” blending the sounds together perfectly to create a very amazing sound, separating themselves from the rest of the genre.

The album tells the tale of a Templar Knight in Medieval Europe, and while with most concept albums like this, the story that the band tries to portray is often missed or lost, but this isn’t the case with Chaosborne. Every single element of the band’s sound and lyrics fits the concept and the idea for the album well, helping to tell the story that the band set out to tell.

For me, the most standout track for me was “Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.” The song opens with a very medieval-sounding riff from a mandoline, laying the foundation for the band to build on when the other instruments punch in. With heavy fast-paced guitar riffs, cymbal heavy drumming and brutal vocals the song became my favorite from the album, not the mention the pretty awesome guitar solo at around the 4-minute mark. Other stand out tracks for me were, “The Twilight Order,” “Usurping The Obsidian God,” the album’s title track “Chaosborne,” and the two-part epic, “Haereticus Stellarum.”

If you are a fan of Behemoth and Cradle Of Filth, you will enjoy this release from Empyrean Throne when it is released independently through the band on January 24th 2017.


James Geiser

James Geiser is a former award winning Television News Photojournalist and internationally published photographer, after spending five years in the local television news media being bound by the creative restraints of content based production, he decided to leave his job in television to find his love for photography and video production again. He is a former student at Winston-Salem State University, where he majored in Mass Communications and Digital broadcast operations. He is not only just a journalist but he is also an experienced videographer, delivering a multimedia journalistic addition to Antihero Magazine

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