Ever come across an album or even just a single song that you hear and instantly enjoy it, but you want to save it for a rainy day or some shit like that? That’s what I did with Stormtide’s debut album, “Wrath of an Empire”. When the first song off it was released I was instantly captured but wanted to give it some time before diving in head first, and now that I have I’ve quite the experience to tell you of.
Imagine, if you will, every single sort of medieval based fantasy that you can possibly muster (dragons, knights, samurais, mages, curses, battles on raging seas, and all that good stuff) and smash that together into one epic mess of a sight. That’s what “Wrath of the Empire” is in the simplest of words. All nine tracks off of this epic hell of an album tells of stories of ruin, heroism out the ass, and dark deeds so foul that you wouldn’t spit in their direction, and yet Stormtide manage to bring so many different musical styles together to create this one of a kind piece. Taking orchestral elements from both European and Asian backgrounds then adding alongside them sick riffs, massive rhythms, and many different styles of vocals that range from that of death itself to a raging warrior in the midst of battle, Stormtide creates a seamless experience that is a gift that keeps on giving in every second of every song. Not a single thing sounds recycled, nothing is stale or even remotely boring, and not a single fucking thing has any element that can’t even be considered to be bad in any sort of way.
In short, Stormtide have pulled off one fucking hell of an album with “Wrath of the Empire” as it’s something no fan of extravagant music should pass up. It’s got everything you could want and so much more wrapped up into a nice and sexy nine tracks that you’ll find yourself crawling back to over and over again for quite some time, I guarantee it.
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