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US doom rock quartet Embr share a music video for the new single »Eyes Like Knives«

Birmingham, Alabama based doom rock quartet Embr share a music video for the new single »Eyes Like Knives« taken from their debut album, »1823«, out on July 17th, 2020 via New Heavy Sounds.

Drummer Eric Bigelow comments: “»Eyes Like Knives« is a composition about the angel of death, the reaper, the judge, the messenger. It’s a song about punishment, retribution, penalty and penance. It’s the crumbling earth, the rolling clouds, the thunder and the payment due. It’s a vision of the future, the coming storm and the good and evil in each of us.”

At this point, it is worth stating that the title »1823« has significance. Drummer Eric Bigelow received a kidney transplant in the middle of writing the album. The kidney was from a deceased donor. All Eric and Crystal Bigelow (singer and Eric’s wife) know about the donor is that they were female and between the ages of 18-23. The album is dedicated to the donor and the surgeons at Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville TN. And a fine tribute it is.

Musically »1823« could be classed as “doom” metal. However, on the basis of this debut it’s obvious that Embr have a range, ambition and a desire to and add to the genre, to broaden it whilst always staying true to its core.

The band have all the nuts and bolts in place, massive drop-tuned guitars, chest rattling low end, pounding drums, distortion. But they also add in synths, a bit of grunge and alt rock, and most strikingly, the stellar vocal talents of Crystal, who’s powerful soaring voice when added to the mix, helps transport the band’s music skyward, adding soul, and an air of melancholia to the proceedings. If a musical pointer were needed, think Mastodon meets Witch Mountain with added epic sweep and gothic drama, and you’d be in the ballpark.

Embr is:
Crystal Bigelow – Vocals
Eric Bigelow – Drums
Mark Buchanan – Guitar
Alan Light – Bass

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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