Album – Freshwater Reflection
Artist – Empires
Purchased From – Mind over Matter Records
The second album in a batch of records I recently got from M.O.M. Records. If you’re not familiar with Empires, here’s the description from M.O.Ms website;
Four tunes spanning a long-playing 12″ record, this LP finds Empires exploring even more of their black metal infused, ambient, doom-inspired instrumental glory. Equal parts soothing and crushing, this collection of songs runs the gamit of dynamics that Empires has brought to the table on previous releases and only makes us more psyched to hear what they conjur up for their next full length! The artwork is a beautifully printed inner sleeve of photos taken around northern Minnesota complimented by semi-transparent screen printing on the outer picture disc sleeve that houses everything, creating several layers of artwork within one piece. Truly a sight to behold, and all designed by James Kreager of Arctantic Design.
That description mentions the artwork, believe me those words (and the pictures below) do not begin to do this thing justice. It is easily the best looking record/packaging combo I’ve got in my collection. One of the highlights is the lack of a center label, just a great look and not something I’ve seen on a lot of records.
Anyway, I highly recommend this record. Not just because it looks so fantastic but because the tunes are excellent; perfect music for the Fall and Winter.
This was limited to a pressing of 220. They are hand numbered (this particular one is 51 of 220) and pressed on ‘ice blue’ vinyl.