With the release of their new record next week on 21st July, Irish extreme metallers Vile Regression are offering an advance listen and are streaming ‘Empires’ in full right here!
Formed from the ashes of Irish extreme metal outfit Vistor Q; Vile Regression hit the scene in 2010 and released debut record ‘The Pattern Evolves’ in 2011 via Casket Music.
After sharing stages with prolific heavyweights such as Dyscarnate, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Unearth Vile Regression built a reputation as a tight and energetic new addition to the extreme metal underground and 2013 saw the band head back to the studio to record a new installment… ‘Empires’.
‘Empires’ was recorded at Trackmix Studio in Dublin, Ireland with producer Michael Richards and features 7 tracks of extreme metal; technical but not technical for the sake of it and songs which would bode well on the ears of those with a penchant for progressive metal on the darker and heavier end.
Comments the band: “We feel, ‘Empires’ is a very powerful word, invoking strength and confidence. The title came from the overarching theme within the lyrics, that being positivity and empowerment in ones life.”
“While ‘The Pattern Evolves’ dealt with very specific themes of corruption and governments, ‘Empires’ is much more positive. Lyrically the songs deal with different aspects of human emotions such as reaching your potential in life and being the master of your own empire. Songs such as ‘Raze The Complexity’ and ‘The Abstract’ are basically about being confident in yourself and purging the toxic and harmful elements around you.”
“Bartek really took time to understand our record and really brought an interesting concept to graphically represent it. The record is very much about not being a slave to the fragility of prevailing systems and being free to be your own person. Splin envisioned a similar fragile ecoystem, a society and empire of clay golems. Born from clay they are desiccating and crumbling. The servant golems have no access to water for themselves, so in place of broken elbows / knees / necks they have rags and wires barely keeping them together. Without water their mouths dry out and their voice of discontent is silenced. The exception is the queen, who is in charge of water. She has servants that regularly change wet bandages enveloping her like a mummy, with an elaborate mist system to maintain moisture. Beautiful skin and the ability to speak however doesn’t come without a price – she can’t move from her protective wet clay, so she remains in the red chamber, distant from the crumbling empire outside. All water is entirely assigned to the production of fresh clay, from which large “pools” of new servants are formed to serve her. In a way, the queen is just as enslaved as her servants and rely on them to keep her alive.”
“Bartek realised all of this with an elaborate bandage-changing ceremony depicting a society in decline and the double standards that exist.”
‘Empires’ Track Listing
2) Raze The Complexity
3) Dream Of The Red Chamber
4) Thought Replication
5) The Abstract
6) Down To A Sunless Sea
7) The Empyrean Divide
‘Empires’ will be released independently on July 21st.
Pre-Order ‘Empires’ Here: http://tinyurl.com/nchd6sf