EMBR – Idolatry EP

Alabaman riff merchants Embr have been cranking out heavy grooves since 2015, but the release of their ‘1823’ full length on the New Heavy Sounds label really helped to elevate their profile. The album’s selection of intense riffs combined with a clean-ish female vocal presented a brilliant contrast between pure doom and great melodies, suggesting talents that could not only rival the UK’s own Witch Charmer, but possibly even help fill the massive void left by the much missed Black Moth. A filler free forty minutes, ‘1823’ is the kind of metal album that deserves to be heard by everyone.

The close of 2020 brought something of a surprise when, completely out of the blue, Embr shared a covers EP via Bandcamp. ‘Idolatry’ brings together four classic tracks from four classic 90s bands – a couple of which can be heard with new ears once redressed in Embr’s heavier clothes.

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Scott Weiland (1967-2015)

“Music, as many people have said, is the universal language. Of course, points are made that make you think about things, but ultimately it makes you feel. Songs start to define periods of your life…and that’s kind of the beauty of it.” — Scott Weiland

On December 3rd 2015, vocalist Scott Weiland died in his sleep while on tour with his band The Wildabouts. The forty eight year old musician had a chequered history with addiction problems, but cut a forceful presence onstage and his career gained him a legion of fans.

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