Released: 2011, Terrasound Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Having been around since 2005 it's been a busy time for Polish death metallers Empatic. Since their formation they have had various line-up changes, featured at big name festivals such as Wacken and released albums. Their latest record Gods of A Thousand Souls is the next milestone in their musical career.
Opening with, 'Green Mile' the blistering drums, death metal growls and enraged guitar riffage hit hard and fast. The growling mid section gets heavier and more brutal whilst the lead guitar speed everything up before breaking back into a barbaric assault.
Following on with, 'G.O.T.S' which opens with pitch harmonics, head banging riffs and a skilful drum work which locks everything in place, provides a truly circle pit worthy anthem of destruction. The lead guitar is well timed in between the verse/ chorus transition and shows the bands art of for song craftsmanship.
A further emphasis on cranking up the volume of death metal mayhem can be found on the stomping ground track 'The Game' with its spoken narrative prelude that erupts into a storm like procession of chaos. Furthermore the lead guitar mastery in 'Vs' never shies away from executing a precision in skill that cuts deeper than a guillotine severing the head from a victim's body.
The rest of the album follows a somewhat formulaic approach, with many of these qualities being juggled (in a good way) around at a fast and furious pace.
Meanwhile, tracks like 'Dreamer' remain a strong contestant for the albums most well-rounded and strongest tracks found here, with a solid assortment of savage guitar work and vocal range. Drumming fans should find something to get excited about with 'Fulfilled Dreams' , meanwhile the band's title track 'Empatic' hits the raw adrenaline nerve as the fret board finger tapping section shifts everything into fifth gear.
Overall, this is quite a worthy album to fans of the genre, a record which sticks firmly to the fundamentals of death metal and never really strays too far away from it. There is a strong emphasis on song structures and utilization of sound. The musicianship and production are well refined and they are certainly a band who knows how to play their instruments. The only downside is that the record does lack diversity in parts and there is nothing really ground breaking to be found here. This being said, if you're looking to find a brutal fix with quality song structures then look no further.
Review by Ben Spencer