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Release date: 27 March 2012
Style: Progressive power metal


7.5 | 38 votes


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01. A Plague In The Throne Room
02. Dreaming In Vengeance
03. The Crimson Portrait
04. Dark Seeds Of Depravity
05. From Refuge To Ruin
06. Lest Ye Be Judged
07. What Men Call Hatred
08. Black Hearts Demise
09. The Cleansing Fires


Brian Larkin - vocals
Matt Moliti - guitars, death vocals
Randy Knecht - bass

Staff review by
Ag Fox

Gutteral growls, rasp-growl hybrids and roughened up clean singing - definitely not what you would expect in a power metal album. Unless you are psychic. Or you've been following Dark Empire for a while.

published 17.06.2012 | Comments (13)

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Kuroboshi - 03.02.2012 at 07:29  
Rating: 5 So.. Psyched.. For.. This..!
Kamil - 05.03.2012 at 00:33  
Rating: 9 The best power metal stuff of the year so far
R'Vannith - 09.03.2012 at 05:50  
Rating: 6 Thought I was listening to a Helloween album, that vocalist sounds very similar to Deris.
ZGoten - 12.03.2012 at 01:02  
Rating: 8 Lol, he really does sound like Deris. First, they had Jens Carlsson who was at times reminiscent of Hansi Kürsch, and now their new singer resembles Helloween's frontman. Funny coincidence.^^
diamondblack - 27.03.2012 at 03:39  
Rating: 8 Was so excited about this album. Finally obtained it and a bit disappointed. Not much in common with 2 great previous albums. Too much death vocals to my liking. I guess I keep on listening to it and see if I can get into to more. But so far not so strong vs older albums.
basquetal - 27.03.2012 at 20:34  
  I don´t know why you not enjoy the album, I already listen the intire album and I love them.
Best album for me was the first, "Distant Tides" and From Refuge To Ruin is for me the second.
Matt is a great guitarrist and in this album he has amazing riffs and solos.
Best songs for me: From Refuge To Ruin,The Crimson Portrait,A Plague In The Throne Room,Dreaming In Vengeance
I also like The Cleansing Fires its different.
diamondblack - 28.03.2012 at 12:42  
Rating: 8 Honestly, I do enjoy album musically, but Death vocals don't do much for me. I prefer original vocals from Distant Tides. Musically it's a great album but vocals spoilt it for me
Kamil - 28.03.2012 at 14:32  
Rating: 9
Written by diamondblack on 28.03.2012 at 12:42

Honestly, I do enjoy album musically, but Death vocals don't do much for me. I prefer original vocals from Distant Tides. Musically it's a great album but vocals spoilt it for me

I' ve made an interview with Matt few years ago for one of the best polish webpages about metal - unfortunately isn't active anymore.
He was telling, that he is going to improve more thrash and death sound of DE music and together with a lot of Symphony X influences ("The Odyssey", "Iconoclast") he made very good stuff.
Besides, death vocal was always integrated element of DE sound, so you shouldn't be surpriced to hear it once again

Production could be a bit better though
JÄY - 18.06.2012 at 09:48  
Rating: 7 Jens was a much better vocalist
Kuroboshi - 13.09.2013 at 13:01  
Rating: 5 These guys are one of those bands... Start out great, just to fall and fall..

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