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'Empires' EP
(Independent Release)

jools green

Jools Green

vile regression

Forming in 2010 out of the ashes of Visitor Q, Vile Regression follow their debut EP, 'The Pattern Evolves', with a second EP, 'Empires'.

For this release they have switched their focus with more positive lyrical themes and messages being covered compared to the bleak themes and outlook of their previous effort, subjects such as reaching ones potential and being the master of your own empire, and take inspiration from a broad spectrum of bands like Death, Gojira, Dream Theater and Animals As Leaders, so the result is a broad ranging one.

I am not always that keen on metalcore but I do like how these guys present it. Their breakdowns are seriously heavy almost to the point of crushing oppressiveness and they have a great technical edge to the guitar work, good high profile, heavy bass lines, with great drum work also.

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They even manage to work in a bit of a groove at times and on top of that the vocals are powerful with good clarity, a blasting roar of face melting proportions, and yet there is a softer, reflective side demonstrated in the two mini instrumental interludes, 'Dream Of The Red Chamber' and 'Down To A Sunless Sea', well placed to give you vital breathing space during this compact, seven track, twenty-three minute onslaught.

Something else that also gives their sound the extra edge is that hint to progressiveness that emerges from time to time; it demonstrates a level of mature mastery in their craft.

Regarding the remaining tracks, the EP opens on a wave of technical riffs and 'Tides' is a punchy blend of technical with a groove and a surprising midway solo; a superb opening track and a big favourite with me.

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'Raze Tthe Complexity' has a good, up tempo groove to it, catchy riff work, a more subtle technical edge and snappy direction change, another that sat very well with me.

I love how the huge vocal roars sit alongside the rising and falling technical riff work on 'Thought Replication', another track that breaks into a midway solo. Superb listening and a track that you can't resist nodding your head along to in the latter part, particularly when you get to the closing breakdown.

'The Abstract' is chunky with a great technical edge and has breakdowns that are like a punch to the face.

The final track 'The Empyrean Divide' is a fascinating mix of technical extravaganza and beautifully haunting death Metal alongside pummelling breakdowns.

'Empires' is, simply put, a superb example of how metalcore should sound. It's a damn exiting listen with a hell of a lot going on in just twenty-three minutes and it undoubtedly will be of interest to a range of tastes from modern technical death and progressive Metal possibly even as far as those who favour a more old school extreme Metal sound. There is something for everyone here.

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