Empress are a band from Vancouver B.C, Canada that plays a mixture of stoner and sludge metal and this is a review of their self released 2018 ep "Reminiscence" which will be released in February.
Field recordings start off the ep before adding heavier riffing into the music along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are a mixture of screams and growls as well as the music bringing in the heaviness of sludge and doom metal.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of groove and melody along with the solos and leads being done in a very distorted fashion as well as adding in more retro and stoner rock elements into the later tracks, clean singing can also be heard briefly.
When the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard while some songs also bring in a small amount of psychedelic and progressive rock elements and as the album progresses in a brief use of clean guitars can also be heard on a couple of later tracks and they close the album with an instrumental.
Empress plays a musical style that takes stoner and sludge metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Empress are a very great sounding mixture of stoner and sludge metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Offering" and "They Speak Like Trees". 8 out of 10.