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IRIDIUM

Empty Tremor

 

Progressive Metal

3.49 | 15 ratings

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The Block
4 stars Unconditional Love

Empty Tremor has caused me to have this for their latest album, Iridium. This is definitely one of my favorite releases of 2010. Empty Tremor uses great vocals to make their songs very solid. That combined with nice heavy riffs and great bass lines really make this a great album.

One of my favorite tracks on the album is the first one, "Breaking the Mirror", because I like Giovanni de Luigi's voice on this one the most. It's very full and solid and when he sings in harmony with the rest of the band it creates a wonderful sound to the ear. Talking about harmonies, the end of the song it totally vocals when the instruments drop out and it is only Giovanni de Luigi being backed up by Marco Scott Gilardi. This is a testament to how good their voices are. That being said their musicianship on this album is also superb. Halfway through the song Marco Guerrini has a great guitar solo that really evens out the track.

Speaking of great guitar work, the bassist, Dennis Randi, does a very good job on the album. This shows in the opening of the song "Run" where he lays down some great riffs. He also has some good background figures in "Warm Embrace", too. Also on this album Empty Tremor's Marco Scott Gilardi does a very nice job playing keyboards which blend nicely with the guitars.

"Warm Embrace" is the epic on the album. It starts off much slower than any other song on the album, but eventually speeds up. This song is a pure example of how Empty tremor can play any way they want to and excel at it. This track uses a great acoustic guitar opening. Giovanni de Luigi also changes his voice style a little to a much softer tone that compliments nicely with the acoustic, keyboards, and backing vocals.

Overall this album is one great prog metal album. Even though some people classify Empty Tremor as a Dream theater clone, they really aren't. They have their own unique sound that I really enjoy. My only beef with this album is that sometimes the songs tend to follow the same lines, and sound kind of similar. But this matters little since Empty Tremor's sound is quite excellent throughout the whole album. They get 4 stars for a delightful masterpiece.

The Block | 4/5 |

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