20 Dec 2018

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Empire To Ashes - Album Review: [in pieces]

26 Jan 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Empire to Ashes new album [in pieces] is like a soundtrack of ambient alternative art. The music videos that I have seen are amazing and full of surreal visualisations that tells a story.

The first track of the album, }, starts off with a ECG heart monitor sample with keyboard riff fading in and a wooden flute sound sound that adds to an array of sounds on the build up. It feels like your drawn in to a hospital. The drums and a distorted bass line adds a thick blanket of fuzzy bass. A very different kind of music from the norm. Some vocals or poetry comes in as the song builds, it sounds like the whole song is an experience of a human in hospital on their last hours of living.

The bass line and arpeggio riffs remind of Daft Punk's Tron Soundtrack. The intro of the video of this song starts off with the ECG heart monitor sound effect and a microscopic zoom of an eye. The detail is unreal, there's a lot of smoke with mixed messages and snippets of images. The song eventually fades out with some awkward breathing to the end of the song. This song sounds like it's from a dark alternative cinematic soundtrack.

There's some panning robotic talking in between the songs, it sounds like a doctors explanation of body science.

My Phantom Limb is the second track from the album, and it starts with soft synthesised keys and a bass line that gradually gets louder. Some lyrics or more poetic words fade in and out. The main chorus of the song has a main keyboard riff playing with poetic lyrics and a drumbeat. Wind and element samples and sound effects adding dimension and atmosphere to the song. This song is slow and offbeat. It's full of samples with a positive feel.

The intro of next song titled , has more medical science philosophy and it is filtered so that you can't directly understand it clearly. A huge bass line fades in with an alien sound effects and synthesisers blazing giving you awareness of a UFO and aliens. A very interesting sounding song, filled with lots of sound effects and messages. An alien voice eventually enters the song towards the end. Listening to this track with just the audio it sounds strange and your not too sure whats going on? But when listen to this song with the video it's quite uplifting and it aligns well with the audio.

Asciepius Rising is my favourite track of the album, starts off with the best lightning and thunder sample I have ever heard, very impressive and unique. It's not everyday you hear lightning and thunder in a song. It carries on with synths, keys, bass line and a drumbeat, the full band is playing together as it seems. It reminds me of the Kraftwerk sound. Poetic lyrics fades in and out sounding like the strongest song on the album. Beautiful synth sounds and positive vibes, easily a dancing track with a constant energy to its sound.

More medical philosophy on the intro of Repose fading in and out throughout the song from several different sources. There's a synth bass line holding the whole song together it sounds like a NIN bass line, with a cello sample and keys.

It seems there's a story to this album, and it's deep. The videos that go with every song on the album enhances the experience of visual and sound.

Soft pads of bass synths, glitches, guitar and drum beats enhance the next track, <!-- --!> with lyrics floating in and out, This song has a dark alternative feel to it which makes it very interesting and my second favourite track from the album. The reverse sound effect works perfectly for the sound he's trying to create. A whopping 9 minutes of pure original alternative vibes. This track reminds me of Tool, from the sound and the video. This was awesome.

Eerie bass line on the intro of I. A sharp sounding piano melody comes in and poetic lyrics of "promise you a promise a promise I will never break" An emotional piece of protection and peace. This track sounds full of emotion, but it leaves me unsure who the song is about.

The final track Everlasting (End?) Has a strong awareness of the living, "life is precious and hard to fix if the quality of life is worse". A big eerie bass line holds the song together. The amount of sounds build up getting louder with more poetic lyrics. Soft synths work nicely. The song is sounding full and dark. Another emotional track with an amazing video to match.

Empire to Ashes is former bass player Jamie Denton, from {Poison Skies. Jamie is a multi talented musician based in Auckland.

It's awesome to see and hear a completely new genre of music and visual experience. This won't be everyone's cup of tea, but you can see the hard work that has gone into this very unique album.

Review written by Kerry Kingi

About Empire To Ashes

Empire To Ashes is a New Zealand based dark ambient / alternative / electronica / post-rock project, bearing jagged pieces of a ragged soul for your consumption.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Empire To Ashes


[in pieces]
Year: 2018
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Kerry Kingi

Melodownz - EP Review: Melo & Blues
26 Nov 2018 // by Kerry Kingi
NZ Hip-Hop/RNB artist Melodownz has been busy in the studio working on his new 10 track EP Melo & Blues.The first track Get Money featuring Louis Baker has a smooth intro with some lush soft notes from the keys and some true to life lyrics.
Corduroy. - Single Review: Waiting Game
03 Nov 2018 // by Kerry Kingi
Corduroy. have just released their 2nd Single Waiting Game.
Oakley Grenell - Single Review: Frienemy
14 Oct 2018 // by Kerry Kingi
Oakley Grenell has just released his new single Frienemy on his own record label, Central Records. It features Silva MC on vocals.
Dilz - Album Review: Metamorphosis
13 May 2018 // by Kerry Kingi
Dilz has been busy at it again, and this time he has delivered a 16-track album called Metamorphosis which mainly features the styles of Hip-Hop, RnB and Rap but also with hints of Soul, Trap and EDM. The first track Caterpillar starts off with a nice synth and warm tones.
Chris the Maker Feat. Christopher Allen Haumaha - Single Review: Project001
17 Apr 2018 // by Kerry Kingi
This track has no intro, starting off hard, rough and with fuzzy feedback to your ears. It is a continuous loop that starts off quite rough, gradually changing slightly with new arrangements of sounds from time to time.
Gig Review: Salmonella Dub Feat. Tiki Taane @ Owen Delaney Park, Taupo - 3/02/2018
09 Feb 2018 // by Kerry Kingi
Salmonella Dub are multiple platinum album sellers and award winners famous for their Dub n' Bass sound an important part of New Zealand's music history. This show was about the band reuniting with Tiki Taane.
Festival Review: Bay Dreams 2018
21 Jan 2018 // by Kerry Kingi
Bay Dreams 2018 was the biggest one yet, from start to finish this was a great day out, great people, great services for drinks and food, rides and a brand new set up this year. The main stage was closer to the other stages so it made it quicker to get around all of the stages to see the artists.
Gig Review: Lorde @ Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - 11/11/2017
16 Nov 2017 // by Kerry Kingi
A 20 year old Auckland raised girl kicked off a concert named Melodrama at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington Central on Saturday the 11th of November. This girl is Ella - also known as Lorde - the popular artist that had turned famous overnight at 16 and had since created 2 successful albums and 1 EP.
View All Articles By Kerry Kingi

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Ariana Grande
    Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper
    Ava Max
    George Ezra
    Post Malone And Swae Lee
    Travis Scott feat. Drake
    Marshmello And Bastille
    benny blanco feat. Halsey And Khalid
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem