Koen S. : With ‘Empyrean’ Bliss Of Flesh ends their trilogy that is inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. This trilogy started initially with ‘Emaciated Deity’ followed by ‘Beati Pauperes Spiritu’. The Empyrean is the highest place in Heaven reached by Dante on the last step of his travel to God…The story continues but those who want to know how it goes exactly have to look it up themselves on occasion.
It’s all about the music and what do we have here? Melodic blackened death that sounds very narrative, with epic passages, spoken voices and acoustic interludes to represent the concept. Nothing excessive to find here: the songs are all rather accessible and they vary from each other due to the aforementioned Dante concept. ‘Empyrean’ has a good production, but the album lacks a bit of the sharp edges I’m searching for in blackened death metal. There a no endless underground caverns full of rotten corpses to be found here, but rather a nice green maze around an Italian Chapel to play hide and seek.