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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Review: Empyrium – Über den Sternen

Label: Prophecy Productions

Date: February 26th, 2021

The wandering band of metal minstrels is back! Actually, spinning “Über den Sternen” for days now got me thinking quite a bit. The best way to present an album like this is to move as far away as possible from the regular form of reviewing. Come to think of it, the whole point of any review is to nitpick about the genres, lookalikes and such. Having a record like the new Empyrium one should open up a whole new sonic and contemplative perspective.

Simply forget about specifics, burn your “musical passport”, abandon any type of expectation and go for a walk. A long one, too. And never stop or look back. Keep walking until the path disappears beneath your feet and then walk some more.

For me personally, the whole “Über den Sternen” is a piece Carl Orff would offer as a logical continuation of his well-known masterpiece. Of course, if he had a chance to resurrect in this day and age. Whether a peaceful lullaby or a thunderous sky above, the music encompasses your entire being, inside and out. Feel it and tremble or let it tuck you into its safe cocoon. One thing is certain, you will forget all of the mundane senses. There is freedom hidden among these notes. An unusual feeling of liberation, when the shackles turn into blossoming branches. Okay, these too will wither, but only to come to life once more. Again and again.

Let go of the fear. Do not look away from the winds or cower from the seemingly endless rain. Instead, embrace them as forces of nature such as you yourself are. Have them as your allies instead of stumbling blocks.

Once you do, “Über den Sternen” will be your favorite album. Do not think. Just feel. Then, and only then, will you be able to call yourself a living creature instead of a human being. Rationality is overrated anyway.

A masterpiece!