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Empyrium - Über Den Sternen

8.1 | 269 votes |
Release date: 26 February 2021
Style: Blackened folk metal


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01. The Three Flames Sapphire
02. A Lucid Tower Beckons On The Hills Afar
03. The Oaken Throne
04. Moonrise
05. The Archer
06. The Wild Swans
07. In The Morning Mist
08. Über Den Sternen
09. The Crimson Heath [Luxus Edition bonus]

The Best Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal Album Of 2021

Thomas Helm - vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitars
Markus Stock - guitars, vocals, drums, bass, keyboards, hammered dulcimer

Additional musicians:
Aline Deinert - violin, viola
Nadine Stock - flute
Robina Huy - cello

Additional info
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Markus Stock.

Staff review by
In 2021, Empyrium have the hindsight to slip back into being a dark folk band a bit more gracefully than in the 90s by not foregoing all the metal elements.

published 10.03.2021 | Comments (4)

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13.01.2021 - 04:06
30.01.2021 - 16:43
Rating: 9
The Melting Snow

Second single released. this album is sounding great. i love the video too
27.02.2021 - 13:19
Rating: 9
The Melting Snow

The Wild Swans
28.02.2021 - 15:11

Some great neofolk. The Wild Swans being of the highlights.
02.03.2021 - 13:59
Rating: 7

I agree that The Wild Swans is the highlight; had the album on in the background and noticed one song drawing me into the album, which turned out to be The Wild Swans
04.03.2021 - 01:19
Rating: 7
Space Pangolin

I dunno fellas, not gonna lie, this is my first time listening to this band, but the entire album sounded like a one trick pony style, kinda meh, kinda funny sometimes, but fine most of the time
05.03.2021 - 02:43
Rating: 10

Empyrium is one of a few bands that never disappoints me. Of course, this album isn't so good as Songs Of Moors And Misty Fields but still has outstanding tracks (#1, 2,3,6, and 8).
05.03.2021 - 15:00
Rating: 7

I was listening to EMPYRIUM from early days when they released the first album. What they brought afterwards was always a surprise for me. I appreciate the return but well it doesn't have the same magic as albums before. I mean yes, IT IS Empyrium but...
Oh and I hate Prophecy label marketing to put one song only to Deluxe big edition. I just hate this versions. Jewel cases are ok for me. If someone likes them that is ok for me BUT i feel like record label scam me! When I buy the album I want the complete recording not just something for my money! Why must I buy so much more expensive versions to have a complete album??This is so awful!!!! Please stop doing this! If you do, I will not support you. I'm still buying the CDs and supporting the bands but i hate this....
06.03.2021 - 01:42
Rating: 9

This is clearly superior to the first Empyrium records, which are still good, but mainly just because they were innovative. On this one they melt neofolk and metal together perfectly with 'über den sternen' being an orgasmic finale
08.03.2021 - 21:09
Rating: 9

WoW, amazing album from Empyrium! Loving It. Incredibly athmospheric and beautiful!
Beware the Shadows of Dusk
12.03.2021 - 15:30
Rating: 9

The little single note interludes that are present in the midst of a song makes this album.
Leeches everywhere.
16.03.2021 - 14:32

I'm a big fan of traditional/neofolk and metal, so having them together brings happiness to my ears!
24.03.2021 - 12:28
Rating: 7
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Tage Westerlund
Between old n new, some BM parts, emeotions, neo folk, good balance between acoustic and electronic guitar what creates some folk sound. Album of the year in some way..... enjoyable think, once again Ulf Theodor Svanhörf is amazing lyricist, poet, artists and creator.
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
26.03.2021 - 22:31
Crème fraiche

Great fucking album!! Been a while since I heard a folk-metal album this good and without the cheese.
25.05.2021 - 23:11
Rafael Cevidanes
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This is really relaxing and while I had the first listen I had just had a snack and lain down and had some eargasm lol.
10.06.2021 - 18:18
Rating: 6

Even though not my fav genre, was hooked to few songs. Not a bad one for sure.
In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
20.07.2021 - 20:18
Rating: 7

Written by musclassia on 02.03.2021 at 13:59

I agree that The Wild Swans is the highlight; had the album on in the background and noticed one song drawing me into the album, which turned out to be The Wild Swans

IMO the first two songs were the best ones, specially the second one. The album was very monotonic and mostly ordinary to me.
Also "blackened folk metal" is just wrong, maybe Neofolk or folk metal/rock ?
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