Lost In Landscapes





Holy Roman Empire has released its debut EP, Lost In Landscapes, and it certainly isn't anything to sleep on. The band’s recordings exemplify the power of soaring female vocals, carried by heavily distorted guitars and impatient drums. Layered back-up vocals provide body for the band, allowing for a genuinely richer and fuller sound. Roaring bass and sentimental guitars make the second track, “Guards Off’ a slightly different monster. The third track, “Your Side”, is edgier than anything previous and opens with a violent pick slide, letting you know its time to throw your devil horns in the air. The tone of the album is possibly more melodramatic than angry, leaving me to lean more towards the emotional cuff as inspiration. But the hooks are a true feat and allow Holy Roman Empire’s lead vocalist, Emily Schambra, to stretch her talented abilities. Without trying to sound too matter-of-fact, this group essentially offers everything I hoped Evanescence was going to provide when I found out they were fronted by a woman (I was very very wrong), Not that Holy Roman Empire would fit in the same genre, but HRE (Holy Roman Empire) is producing music that could easily be successful on mainstream radio. More importantly, what separates HRE from the slew of others is their approach to music making, which exhibits far more integrity than commercial bands with similar line-ups. The fourth track, “Topography”, is slightly heavier than the others in an early 1990’s pop-rock kind of way and has a hint of desperation in the tone of the artists. The group manages to fulfill high expectations, as this first release was nearly a year in the making. When in the process of constructing their debut EP, Holy Roman Empire made a wise decision to shy away from live engagements until their sound had been fully realized, a stunt many bands could potentially benefit from learning. Although many of the musicians in Holy Roman Empire hail from much heavier bands such as Killing Tree, Shai Hulud and Suicide File, their latest reincarnation is artistically independent of earlier endeavors. Lost in Landscapes is an excellent introduction to the group’s unique sound and leaves me curious about what might develop between this point and the release of a full length. I suggest you keep an eye on this exuberant five-piece, because you will no doubt be hearing their name again very soon.

Holy Roman Empire
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Lost In Landscapes