Empyria "Sense of Mind"

Empyria "Sense of Mind"

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Scrape Records
UPC/EAN: pending
Cat#: Scrape008CD
Genre: Metal, Progressive
Release Date: 2002
Format: CD
Available for distribution: No
  1. Ties That Blind
  2. No More Lies
  3. In God's Hands
  4. Heaven's Cry
  5. Sense of Mind
  6. Prejudice Reigns
  7. Long Road Home
  8. Blackened Heart
  9. A New Beginning
  10. Forever

Availability: In stock


The disc gets of to a fantastic start with the powerful "Ties That Bind." In fact, the first five tracks are a highly energetic set of progressive metal with enough sensibility to avoid monotony or the standard prog-metal quagmires. That's not to say the tracks on the second half aren't highly energetic - they are. For example, "Long Road Home" could re-establish prog-metal as a vibrant form of music if only enough people in the metal community would give Empyria a chance. The hidden instrumental track at the end of the disc, while different from the other ten tracks, is a particularly engaging piece of music.

Phil Leite's impressive vocal abilities are perfect for Empyria's hard progressive edge on "Sense Of Mind"; Leite's vocals are clean and laden with strength - definitely a step up from "The Legacy." It's hard to believe, but guitarist Michael Kischnick covers even more stylistic ground on the ten tracks of "Sense Of Mind" than he did on "The Legacy." Kischnick's soloing abilities are more impressive this time around; the smoldering solos on "Burning Heart" are bright, shining examples of his abilities. The rhythm section of bassist Ken Firomski and drummer Simon Adam is a versatile tandem that provides all the necessary support to make Empyria's complex compositions seem fresh and exciting at all turns.

Empyria is Phil Leite on vocals, Mike Kischnick on electric and acoustic guitars, Ken Firomski on bass guitar, and Simon Adam on drums and percussion. Rob Matharu contributes additional guitar on "Heaven's Cry" and "Sense Of Mind" and Troy Taillon plays drums on "Forever."

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