Awaken The Empire - 'Aurora'

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Awaken The Empire - 'Aurora'

This well-executed album fires on all cylinders and features an outstanding track sequence

Despite the canon of Rock music that has come to define their home city of Seattle, Awaken The Empire seems to take the bulk of their inspiration from the "City Of Angels" (i.e. Los Angeles) by combining flavors of Tool, Coheed & Cambria, early Hoobastank and even Rage Against The Machine to create their own blend of Alternative Rock.

Up until the present, they have released material exclusively in the digital domain ('Know Your Place' and 'Rise And Fall'). Therefore, 'Aurora' stands to be the band's first long player to get pressed onto CD and enter the traditional distribution channels. It is wonderful to hear the fruits of their labor as it is clear Awaken The Empire have done their proverbial homework.

'Aurora' exudes confidence in all three facets; songs, production and musicianship. Although they shy away from wild and excessive stringdom (aka guitar solos), this approach works well by presenting the songs in a more compact manner. They deliver an album that is as robust as it is consistent, featuring an impressive fourteen song track-list.

Many of their songs possess a strong Pop music sensibility which is none better represented than on 'Cross My Heart' whilst they also utilize elements of Electronica on 'We Control The Lights'. 'Messy' is another clear standout, as it fully realises the band's ability to compose both a memorable chorus and perform with the dynamic flair reminiscent of many Alternative Rock bands from the early 1990s. Just before you dismiss them as another facsimile of Alternative Hard Rock, they can also bring the fury which is found on 'Rise + Fall'.

This well-executed album fires on all cylinders and features an outstanding track sequence. If you enjoy modern and heavy Alternative Rock with a twist, 'Aurora' is worthy of adding to your collection.

Brent Rusche

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