Empty Flowers is a post-rock band that cites its hometown as “various places along the East Coast,” one of which is Connecticut. On their debut album Six on Translation Loss Records, the four-piece’s sound is reminiscent of metal, progressive rock and melodic hardcore. Their sound doesn’t rely on speed to sound intense; rather, they steadily build up to a massive sound. Bernie Romanowski’s thick bassline and Drew Juergens’ nuanced drumming set the tone on opener “Resonate” as Randy Larsen’s guitar takes flight and Christian McKenna’s furiously screamed vocals build in the background. The next song – the title track – touches on themes of revenge and redemption and features both harsh, growling fury and melodies that are almost relaxing in their beauty.
They explore a darkly dramatic sound with “Ice On Wings,” which truly gives a feeling of danger and doom awaiting you on a journey, complete with an eerie choral bridge. Not as harsh musically but still emotionally gripping, “Call A Priest” uses little more than a guitar and effects to underscore the vocals about surviving various battles in life. Overall, the album is an impressive debut: they sound very mature and in control when it comes to conveying an epic sound.