We Are The Empty formed in June 2014 and they have already found time to release a self-titled album We Are The Empty. In fact that album was released in December 2014. As impressive as that feat is it gave the band very little time to formulate their own signature sound. We Are The Empty leans on influences such Chevelle, System of a Down, 10 Years and Linkin Park which are immediately obvious.
The music is classic, commercially ubiquitous emo hard rock that has been injected into the mainstream musical consciousness since the late ‘90s. If you are yearning for more of that type of music then We Are The Empty is the album for you. It contains all the staples you expect from the genre including the angelic, sensitive type of singing that gets interjected with the Linkin Park type screaming vocals; the start and stop style heavily distorted guitars that squeak, etc.
Whether We Are The Empty realize it or not they are a genre band that is currently fitting nice and snug into their genre. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. They will immediately attract fans of the genre but will also have a hard time penetrating an over saturated market where there are a couple of thousand bands that sound similar. We Are The Empty has innate talent but are hardly breaking any barriers at this point that will separate them from the herd. That being said the band does have a couple of songs that are impressive.
A clear highlight to me was “The Coast,” which relies on unique rhythms and fairly straightforward hard rock chorus that is catchy. The song’s best moment is around three minutes where they get experimental and sound like Nine Inch Nails. Instead of expanding on that original palette of sounds it’s smothered by distorted guitars, which lands them back in the land of predictability.
“Porcupine” is an intense adrenaline rush that is arguably the most intense song on the album. The song goes into death metal territory, which sounded good on the band. There were a couple of ther notable songs such as “Dreams,” “Kova” and “The Lonely Heart.”
We Are The Empty will unequivocally be embraced by fans of the genre. The band knows all the tricks of trade and pulls them off quite well. It is yet to be determined if the band can invent their own tricks along the way for this recently formed band.
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