If you like your instrumental post-metal music this would surely be considered a must have EP! If you're not too familiar with post-metal, but are interested this EP would be a great example of the genre to check out and will likely increase that curiosity to listen to more! Fantastic music!
Favorite track: Metropolitan Madness.
Founded in 2004 by the former SHEPHERD members Oliver Bojoski (guitar) and Tobias Engl (drums), ANDROID EMPIRE’s musical heritage lies in the vibrant doom and stoner scene of the early 2000s. However, simply repeating a proven concept was not what the two partners in crime had in mind when they set out to look for new companions in the Berlin underground. During the months to follow, various musicians entered and left the picture until, in late 2006, guitarist Martin Fischer joined the project, followed in mid-2007 by Dutch bass player Detmar Hess and Chilean vocalist Jaime Correa.
The first, self-titled demo that was released in early 2008 clearly showed that the band is well able to move beyond genre limits: Presenting a gritty and powerful mixture of sludge, stoner rock, and traditional metal elements, the CD did not only bring the band numerous enthusiastic reviews (incl. “Demo of the Month” at VISIONS Fanzine) but also support shows for bands like BARONESS and KYLESA.
Shortly after the band and Jaime Correa had decided to go separate ways, ANDROID EMPIRE received an offer to open for PELICAN in fall 2008. Confident enough that both the songs from the demo and their new material would convince the audience even without vocals, the band seized the opportunity to play their first instrumental show – and was rewarded with very positive feedback. Of course, the resulting question was: Why not continuing without vocals? Said and done, the band started writing material that, without a doubt, surpasses the old material in complexity and diversity .
released July 1, 2010
recorded by Tobias Engl
mastered by Alan Douches of WEST WEST SIDE MUSIC
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