Origin: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA  
Genres: Doom Metal, Instrumental
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Page online: September 1, 2008
Last update/review: January 18, 2015

Empires

Instrumental doom? Hmmm. This Minnesota band have a pretty good thing going here on Through Trial And Tribulation Comes Triumph. Several have listed Pelican as the main soundalike here, and that's reasonably accurate (and not just because they too are instrumental), with perhaps a more sludgy, doomier side showing here as well. The six songs are longish (all between six and nine minutes) and somewhat samey though moody enough to keep the listener interested. The standard disclaimer about instrumental bands and their motives no doubt applies here as well -- this is a band less interested in mainstream success than doing what they like.

Current Members

Jim Kreager

guitars

Andy Schoengrund

guitars

Brian Ince

bass

Kevin McCauley

drums



Discography


Through Trial And Tribulation Comes Triumph  
2007 Deepsend
  1. Mourning the Arrival of the Sun
  2. Our Mother
  3. Sickly Brown Sky
  4. Climbing Towards the Infinite
  5. Patience In the Tide
  6. Through Trial and Tribulation Comes Triumph
  • Jim Kreager
  • Andy Schoengrund
  • Brian Ince
  • Kevin McCauley



Freshwater Reflection  EP
2009
  1. Sun Settles Before Us
  2. Horizon Ablaze
  3. Trances
  4. Freshwater Reflection
  • Jim Kreager
  • Andy Schoengrund
  • Brian Ince
  • Kevin McCauley



Unseen, Foretold  EP
2010 self-released
  1. Shadows Forever Ingrained
  2. Pull Of The Unknown
  • Jim Kreager
  • Andy Schoengrund
  • Brian Ince
  • Kevin McCauley




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