It has been over a year since the last time that we had the chance to review The Empty Mirror. Their last release, â€œOverwhelmâ€, was an impressive piece of work. Their latest album, â€œAbstracted Catholicâ€, builds upon some of the trends first heard during â€œOverwhelmâ€ while further evolving their sound. The first track on â€œAbstracted Catholicâ€ is â€œStainglassâ€, and it sets the tone for the rest of the album. This means that The Empty Mirror are able to put forth a confident sound that touches upon hard rock, alternative, and even grunge over the course of only three minutes.
Hints of acts as diverse as Smashing Pumpkins, Janeâ€™s Addiction, and Queens of the Stone Age can be heard here, tied together with the bandâ€™s own unique flair. Despite the fact that there is a side to â€œStainglassâ€ that could catapult them up to heavy rotation on rock stations, there resides a set of arrangements and intricacies in the track that will keep people listening in for the rest of the album. â€œStaticâ€ is the next track on â€œAbstracted Catholicâ€, and the band adopts a more psychedelic-infused approach for it. The multiple layers of guitar, bass, drums, and vocals make for a trippy experience that never hesitate to hit listeners firmly over their heads.
The distortion that finishes up the track provides a natural break to â€œBrokenbrained, Brokenheartedâ€, a song that benefits greatly from a driven tempo and punchy drums that lead into some stellar guitar work. â€œGod of Hungerâ€ may just be the most interesting track on this EP, starting out with a bit of guitar work that is tremendously catchy before moving into a very complex set of arrangements. The layout of the track is such that listeners will have to give â€œGod of Hungerâ€ a number of listeners to truly gain a sense of what they are attempting to do with this closing track. The band lays it all on the line for â€œGod of Hungerâ€ and succeeds on all counts; aside from ending the album perfectly, The Empty Mirror has made it virtually impossible for anyone that has picked up this album to forgo the next. Buy â€œAbstracted Catholicâ€, give a listen to each of the cuts, and wait just like me until that time when they come out with their next release.
Top Track: Stainglass
The Empty Mirror – Abstracted Catholic (CD) / 2009 Landowner / 5 Tracks / http://www.theemptymirror.net / http://www.landownerrecords.com