EMP!RE’s debut album Glue is packed full of soaring riffs, unique hooks and a lot more personality than a lot of bands their style have. With hints of Muse, Coheed and Alter Bridge, this debut album has all the markings of a normal radio rock record but with interesting leads and vocals with personality it stands out from most of its field. Anyone who likes the aforementioned comparisons and the US radio rock style will enjoy this slightly off the wall take on what can be a bland and simple genre.
Opening track Colour Of Shame is a great introduction to the album as wailing vocals and interesting melodies couple well with big riffs. While each song somewhat follows this blueprint, there is enough variation between songs to keep your interest. This is particularly noticeable on the first half off this album. Second track Glue has a more of a soaring feel whilst My Party, My Rules fits its name by being one of the most danceable songs on the album. The vocals are unique across this record and whether they’re wailing or bouncing between syllables in a attempt to create an infectious hook. They do take time to get used to and to some could be rather grating. As the album progresses the Coheed influences grow more potent. Feasts and I For 1 both sound like they could easily be Coheed B-sides. While not up to the standards set by Coheed the songs on this album are good enough to be enjoyed any Coheed fan. Particular fans of Coheed’s last album.
Ultimately EMP!RE’s debut album showcases both a unique personality as well as showcasing clear influences of bands such as Muse and Coheed. The clean production helps with a massive sound of the album and helps the soaring lead meld with the thumping riffs. Any fan of the modern pop leaning prog rock will enjoy this record and certainly want to keep an eye on EMP!RE for future releases.