A few weeks ago, we reviewed a unique album; The Empire Never Ended by Twinesuns is an evocative and darkly looming drone album, a sort of mix between Earth and a faint, urban nightmare. Melding loud guitars, rich synths and voluminous static, The Empire Never Ended is a distinct and special work of drone metal. It’s also quite good which is why we’re very happy to be premiering “System Regained” off of said album. The track perfectly encapsulates the tensions and textures of the release, containing several layers of instruments which border the line between “thundering” and “insidious”. Head on down below and make sure to adjust your volume accordingly; you don’t want to be blowing out any windows or driving passersby insane.

Another strong suit of the album, and this track itself, is the progression. Too much of drone just meanders around or hits you all at once, not leaving spaces for progression and evolution. “System Regained” however, slowly introducing its elements before it reaches its apocalyptic climax. The synths and other electronics are especially noteworthy in this regard, acting as a sort of psychopomp into the hellish landscape of the track. Their bubbling, intonations and complex sounds are what drive this track forward, giving us an anchor in the maze of echoing chords and static.

The Empire Never Ended will be out on Pelagic Records on the 27th of January. Head on over to their website to pre-order it. It’s well worth your money and your time.


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