A journey through 8 different countries in our top 10. Scotland, Australia, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Hungary and Norway, great to see so many different countries in this race. Remarkable this year: the five voting members all nominated a different album as the best. But we have a clear winner and this is Empyrium.
1. Empyrium – ‘Über den Sternen’ Maybe not the best album according to our votin members, but chosen second best by no less the three of them. ‘Über den Sternen’ reached a total of 34 points. Great efford of these Germans. It was Juergen again who wrote the following about this album: “The complexity of their compositions simply do not allow to put them in any genre. Empyrium is unique and all attempts to classify their music will fail. As a small remark to add is that the label of Empyrium Prophecy Productions and its foundation is going back to the debut of the band “A Wintersunset…” and is celebrating in 2021 their 25th anniversary. With this new release Prophecy has a further reason to celebrate. Happy Anniversary! For me there is no other choice to honour “Über den Sternen” with the full score and to thank Empyrium for their great efforts in creating such a masterpiece.” Congratulations Empyrium with this great album!
Rating: 10/10 Release: 26 February 2021 Label: Prophecy Productions The waiting time of nearly 7 years will soon end and Empyrium will release on the 26.02.2021 their sixth Full-Lenght album “Über den Sternen”via Prophecy Productions. Empyrium already had been founded by Schwadorf in 1994 and was going since then through …Continue reading →
Rating: 5/10 Release: 19 September 2015 Label: Prophecy Productions A year has passed from band return and the release “The Turn of the Tides” by Empyrium. “The Turn of the Tides” was a dark album with a different atmosphere than Empyrium used to be… and in 2015 they released the …Continue reading →
Rating: 8,5/10 Release: 18 July 2014 Label: Prophecy Records Damn, what did we need to wait for a long time! 12 years to be precise, because previous record ‘Weiland’ was released back in 2002. Nevertheless it never became completely quiet all these years, because lately the project from Schwadorf stated …Continue reading →
Photography: Krzysztof Ras It’s quite a lot, driving for ten hours there, and ten hours back for just a concert. However, this was what I did on my Friday-morning, for the concert of Empyrium. Due to many traffic jams and accidents on the way to Berlin, we unfortunately weren’t on …Continue reading →
Rating: 8,5/10 Release: 30 August 2013 Label: Prophecy Records Not that long ago I reviewed the great live-CD of Empyrium’s first live performance called ‘Into the Pantheon’. While this gave a pretty good indication of how the band performed live, it’s always great to have the filmed material to get …Continue reading →
Rating: 8/10 Release: 30 August 2013 Label: Prophecy Productions How do you review a live-CD? Do you listen to how wild the crowd is, or do you listen to how perfect a band could play, or even rate the total atmosphere that’s been put on a CD? With Empyrium, it’s …Continue reading →