The dark forboding and mournful ambience of old My Dying Bride meets the classical and often suprising arrangements of artists like Tori Amos and Therion. Dual/male-female vocal interplay, violin, piano, dual guitar and an almost bluesy rhythm section comprise this newcomer onto the gothic/metal scene. Founded by Brian Griffin of Broken Hope, Em Sinfonia has 8 diverse members, two of which are also in Novembers Doom.
Old-school My Dying Bride (I am The Bloody Earth and As The Flower Withers) with female vocals!! I'm in f*** heaven! This is Doom-laden Death Metal with ambiance and musicianship rivaled only by the likes of older Moonspell, Theatre of Tragedy, the Gathering and Therion. I can't get enough of this music. It's so harsh, heavy and abrasive, yet majestically beautiful and so splendidly sublime all at the same time... it just floors me how awe-inspiring this type of art is! Eight musicians playing thirty minutes worth of music like this is not enough, I want more! All of the aforementioned bands have either cheesed out or progressed beyond their Ambient/Doom/Death roots, leaving Em Sinfonia to carry the torch, and I am sooo looking forward to a full-length debut! -- Promethean Crusade Magazine, USA
To call this great would be an understatement. How about amazing? Stunning? Unbelievable? The list could go on, and it probably would for another 10-12 adjectives, but the bottom line here is that Em Sinfonia have stumbled upon something great here. Fans of The Gathering, My Dying Bride and Moonspell take note, there is a new kid in town and you better keep your chops up or you could be dethroned. Wielding masterful precision and some of the best melding of doom/gloom sounds, strong guitar riffs, violins, spoken word and choir-like chantings. Powerful expressions stream from this 4- song release, basking in brilliant production (thanks to guitarist/producer Brian Griffin) and showing off the talent of this well-rounded group of musicians (eight in all). While all four songs are superb, the power and passion of what the band is capable of is showcased strongly within the title track. A prime example of musical creativity in top form. Get a copy of this before all y! our friends have it. You don't want to be the loser of the bunch now do you? Didn't think so. Find it. - RATING:9- --A. Bromley, Unrestrained Magazine, Canada