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Release date: 1997
Style: Doom metal, Folk metal

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8.9 | 343 votes

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413 have it
31 want it
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01. When Shadows Grow Longer
02. The Blue Mists Of Night
03. Mourners
04. Ode To Melancholy
05. Lover's Grief
06. The Ensemble Of Silence

Top 20 albums of 1997: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 80

Lyrics (6)


Line-up
Markus "Ulf Theodor Schwadorf" Stock - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards
Andreas Bach - keyboards

Session musicians
Nadine Mölter - cello, flute


Additional info
Recorded and mixed at R+A Studio, Münnerstadt during the last two weeks of August 1997.
Engineered and mixed by Andreas Beck with Empyrium.
Cover art and layout by Fursy Teyssier.

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lord artan My Top 30 Doom Metal Albums  | #2
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Paradox0 - 27.01.2010 at 22:08  
Rating: 7 Nice sounding band, even though i'm not really into it (i know it doesn't make sense). I think they managed to combine the folk and doom elements pretty well on this album, although I kid of wish it was sped up just a tad.
Powerslavex - 28.01.2010 at 21:35  
Rating: 10 A masterpiece album, it has a great atmosphere of darkness and sadness, Mourners one hell of a song, Empyrium keep the good work:thumbup:
BehdabrA - 18.06.2010 at 08:56  
Rating: 10 The Best Album Ever !!
Dark†SymphonY - 06.09.2010 at 20:45  
Rating: 10 I only recently got this album from the great reviews and ratings and I now love it. Especially the beautiful intro and the folk music.
lord artan - 18.09.2010 at 23:24  
Rating: 10 This album for me Always is forever...I grew up with these songs and And never forget I do not....thank you Empyrium For everything
advent - 24.05.2011 at 05:34  
Rating: 10 Very unique album, starting from atmosphere to songwriting and lyrics, and i love the keyboards in this album, very haunting . Wondering why there is no review for this album .
sashike - 05.06.2011 at 23:59  
Rating: 10 I still get shivers while listening to it. So good.
mz - 10.10.2011 at 20:38  
Rating: 9 One of the most underrated band ever,
@gent_-_orange - 09.05.2012 at 18:21  
Rating: 9 This is Empyrium's best work where the potential of their previous album was realised.
Sync - 04.06.2012 at 00:02  
Rating: 10 Wow, every track just flows to absolute perfection. Surpasses any Folk-ish album I have ever listened to.
Erik M. - 18.10.2012 at 22:23  
Rating: 9 Just like their debut, this is a masterpiece. What a shame the albums after this one are so underwhelming (and way worse). Hopefully their new album next year will be similar to this (or to A Wintersunset).
Erik M. - 09.11.2012 at 22:45  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 07.11.2012 at 19:15

that would be the best news of 2013.


I agree. Both albums are masterpieces (so good I put 'em in my list of best albums of all time just a while ago). Their third album was a huge disappointment for me, and due to that I don't have the urge of buying Weiland.
Mr. Doctor - 09.11.2012 at 23:06  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 09.11.2012 at 22:45
Their third album was a huge disappointment for me, and due to that I don't have the urge of buying Weiland.


Seems like a weird comment to me considering their third album is just an experiment so judging any album following it would be like... I dunno, expecting Opeth to release many "Damnations".
Granted... Weiland isn't metal either but I'd say it's a far more mature folk album than the third album with pretty nice strings and vocals.
Erik M. - 10.11.2012 at 00:20  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.11.2012 at 23:06

Seems like a weird comment to me considering their third album is just an experiment so judging any album following it would be like... I dunno, expecting Opeth to release many "Damnations".
Granted... Weiland isn't metal either but I'd say it's a far more mature folk album than the third album with pretty nice strings and vocals.


Well, according to MetalStorm their last two albums are both "Neofolk", which is why I think the fourth album wouldn't be my cup of tea either. But I might be wrong, seeing as you're saying Weiland is different from Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays. I didn't even listen to songs on Youtube, so I might do that (and hopefully be surprised).
Mr. Doctor - 10.11.2012 at 00:31  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 10.11.2012 at 00:20
Well, according to MetalStorm their last two albums are both "Neofolk", which is why I think the fourth album wouldn't be my cup of tea either. But I might be wrong, seeing as you're saying Weiland is different from Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays. I didn't even listen to songs on Youtube, so I might do that (and hopefully be surprised).


It's still neofolk though. But if I'm not mistaken Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays was a full instrumental album right? Because the fact that Weiland has vocals and longer songs gives it a more defined structure which helps since it feels more focused.
Erik M. - 10.11.2012 at 16:21  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.11.2012 at 00:31

It's still neofolk though. But if I'm not mistaken Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays was a full instrumental album right? Because the fact that Weiland has vocals and longer songs gives it a more defined structure which helps since it feels more focused.


Actually, a couple of songs do have lyrics, but those are not very noticeable overall. Another reason I don't like Where At Night The Wood Grouse Plays is because most songs are very short. Not all songs need to be 10+ minutes for me, but songs that are 2-3 minutes just don't impress me that much. However, I see what you mean about Weiland, so I might listen to it.
Erik M. - 10.11.2012 at 16:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 10.11.2012 at 07:46

i agree with Emol, for me its mainly cause the doom elements are not there anymore, am not into folk music that much. Am not against a band trying out new stuff but id have preffered if they stuck to folk doom.
Never listened to anything from Opeth so i got no idea of what their discography sounds like.


Yeah, that's pretty much it I think. I like it when folk is combined with doom, but I don't like it a lot on its own. I feel most of the time bands try something new, it doesn't work out well. Examples are Empyrium (obviously), Opeth (with Heritage), My Dying Bride (with Evinta), Katatonia (everything after Brave Murder Day... I know most of their discography is different, but it's not my kind of music) and Swallow The Sun to a lesser degree (with Emerald Forest And The Blackbird).

Anyway, you should look into Opeth's discography if you care about Progressive/Death Metal (since Heritage they're Progressive Rock). I made a list yesterday of all Opeth albums (best to worst), so that might be helpful if you want to know which album to start with. Obviously it's my opinion, but I think a lot of people would agree with at least the top 4. Ghost Reveries got me into Opeth and I was hooked immediately. Blackwater Park is a great album to start with as well. Try not to start off with Damnation or Heritage, because those albums are way different from the other albums.
Mr. Doctor - 10.11.2012 at 17:11  
Rating: 8 Katatonia only started top go downhill with The Great Cold Distance... But oh well, matter of opinions.
Erik M. - 11.11.2012 at 22:45  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.11.2012 at 17:11

Katatonia only started top go downhill with The Great Cold Distance... But oh well, matter of opinions.


For the record, I like Brave Murder Day (+ the Sounds Of Decay EP) and everything before that album, but I don't like anything after it (I own Viva Emptiness and can't stand the style and lyrics at all... couldn't even finish listening to the album the last time I wanted to give it another chance). So yeah, their albums after Brave Murder Day might be great, but I can't enjoy them because of the rock influences.
Death_95 - 28.11.2012 at 14:52  
  Incredible.
Erik M. - 20.01.2013 at 20:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Paradox0 on 27.01.2010 at 22:08

although I kid of wish it was sped up just a tad.


Uhm, what did you expect? This is (partly) doom after all. If you want faster music, then I'd suggest to go and listen to some thrash.
Mr. Doctor - 22.01.2013 at 17:26  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 20.01.2013 at 20:57
then I'd suggest to go and listen to some thrash.

Hmmm no. If he wanted something like THIS album but with a bit more speed. The thrash wouldn't work
Maybe some atmospheric/folk black could do the trick.


Yeah, just wanted to be a smartass.
Erik M. - 22.01.2013 at 18:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.01.2013 at 17:26

Hmmm no. If he wanted something like THIS album but with a bit more speed. The thrash wouldn't work
Maybe some atmospheric/folk black could do the trick.


Yeah, just wanted to be a smartass.




Seriously though, doom in general isn't "fast". So what I said is still true. But yeah, you're not wrong either.
Alex Fenger - 24.01.2013 at 18:17  
Rating: 7 Really really like this album. Can't believe I've disregarded this band for so long.
Death_95 - 03.07.2013 at 21:47  
  O lust and rueful thought be mine,
My soul enhanced, desires...
Melancholy.
My heart is thine.

That shrieking passage in 'Ode to Melancholy' is the most beautiful yet depressing thing I've ever heard. My favorite album of all time by far.
Northern Danger - 23.07.2013 at 19:19  
  Http://www.metalstorm.net/users/album_votes.php?user_id=136529 Worst ever man here...
Mary N. - 03.10.2013 at 18:12  
Rating: 7 I used to like this album much back in the day but recently when I heard it again it sounded nothing that special that I was thinking it was.
Ozman - 03.10.2013 at 18:26  
Rating: 7
Written by Mary N. on 03.10.2013 at 18:12

I used to like this album much back in the day but recently when I heard it again it sounded nothing that special that I was thinking it was.



same for me. It doesn't stand the test of time at all. It sounds so incredibly dated, already
telephonebear - 17.06.2014 at 14:14  
Rating: 8 I love this album, so depressing yet brilliant. the closer is the best track imo, but when he repeats 'its sweet blue sound' in that way it does make me cringe a little

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