• My Imperium - Amongst The Ruins (2014) (6,5/10)

    Genre: Melodic Death Metal
    Label: Self-production
    Playing time: 25:45
    Band homepage: -


    1. Into The Fire
    2. Rise
    3. Breed
    4. Time To Pay
    5. A Thousand Scars
    6. Stabbing The Drama (SOILWORK Cover)


    My Imperium - Amongst The Ruins

    MY IMPERIUM is a band somewhere between modern Groove Metal and Melodic Death Metal with a few minor Industrial Metal influences composed of three men and one woman from Lyon in France. Founded back in 2014, the formation now comes around with a first EP entitled “Amongst The Ruins”.

    The band convinces with a balanced mixture of faster and powerful parts, heavily grooving mid-tempo sections and a few almost Metalcore-inspired melodic breaks that slow the pace down.  Fans of modern DARK TRANQUILITY or IN FLAMES should dig this kind of music and the fact that the band included a cover version of SOILWORK’s “Stabbing The Drama” on this release only underlines who their main target should be.

    The short record reserves a few surprises as well. The Asian folk sounds, the bass driven overture, the distorted spoken word passage and the pitiless thrashing main riffs are the ingredients for the heavily diversified “Time To Pay”. This song is on par with “A Thousand Scars” that comes around with a calmer melancholic middle section with great guitar melodies and a versatile drumming that gives a well-needed break in an energizing and fast-paced track with a catchy melodic chorus. These songs may sound a little bit chaotic at first contact but end up to open up after several spins.

    Melodic Death Metal fans can give this release a shot and should support the French band. On the other side, this EP only offers twenty minutes of music if we take off the cover song and the introduction and that’s why I’m eager to hear a full length record by this band to see how they can diversify, improve and make their sound more unique as well. The band has the basics to get some attention in their genre but for what it is, this EP is more like a good average start for possible future endeavors. If you’re intrigued by my review, don’t hesitate to give MY IMPERIUM a few spins under the following link: http://myimperium.bandcamp.com/ 

    (Online January 20, 2014)

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