The Empty Mirror - Abstracted Catholic
Releasing progressive rock is hard enough these days without sounding like everyone else, much less coming from such a celebrated city like Seattle, WA. The Empty Mirror seemingly have something just a little different from most bands coming to you live from their garage. I can seem to put my finger on it, but every song sophomore EP release is gorgeously cut and driven to wage an indentity of their own.
Songs like "Static" are constant hybrids of Norvana Incesticide and some funky briefing of Jimmy Gnecco (Ours). Another song where Gnecco comes to mind is track four "Forthwith" where the vocals are soft and generous, while the drum patterns are deep and consistent. The guitars creep everything together nicely, and really play backbone to the vocals and percussion. Look to the opening "Stainglass" for the cut most likely to reach College radio stations across the country.
In the end, I have not heard anything on this album that sticks out and makes The Empty Mirror worthy of a new and exciting band to follow. But based solely on this release, they are certainly a formation to keep an eye on and see how they progress.
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