Saturday 4 January 2020

Emperors Lair (EP Review)

Release date: June 15th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Emperors Lair – Tracklisting

1.Satanic Cyanide 06:20
2.The 4th Kind 08:06
3.Phobos 02:40
4.The Elephant 06:02


Luis - Guitar
Djast - Bass
Simon - Drums & Samples


Emperors Lair released their debut EP back in June 2019 and this one totally passed me by. I’m sure a lot of folks have missed this release and that’s a shame. As this EP is a superbly entertaining slice of Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal that opens with a “BIG FUCK YOU” to US Religious Pastors such as the one portrayed in the excellent opening song – Satanic Cyanide.

You can hear to expect an instrumental style of Psychedelic Doom and Stoner Metal with influences such as Black Sabbath, SLEEP and Church Of Misery shining through to fight the good fight against the religious leaders of the world with Emperors Lair addictive blend of ROCK AND ROLL.

The instrumental onslaught continues with the standout song on the EP with the superb 2nd song – The 4th Kind. Emperors Lair continue with their blend of lo-fi Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Rock that is quite progressive in places and the band add another WTF soundclip to the mix which allows them to play their addictive grooves against.

Third song – Phobos – is the shortest song on the EP and acts as a brief stop for the band to play a more Ambient style of Post-Rock with interludes of Stoner riffs appearing here and there. It’s a very good song indeed but doesn’t really progress the EP further in any shape or form. Though I admire the band for including this song on the EP. As it shows a different side to their standard heavy grooves.

The final song – The Elephant – is perhaps the most riff-orientated song with the band opting for a more Desert/Stoner Rock style delivery but the heavy Psychedelic Doom and Space Rock vibes are never too far behind. As Emperors Lair leave you wanting more from this song alone.

Emperors Lair did everything themselves on this EP and it sounds awesome. The production is excellent and it’s even more impressive when the band are a true DIY band in every sense of the word. I maybe late to the world of Emperors Lair but I’m not leaving anytime soon. I want to hear more as I feel these guys could forge a bright future for themselves in the near future.

This is an outstanding EP and one I hope the Doom/Stoner Metal community will take notice of. As Emperors Lair are a seriously exciting prospect indeed.

Words by Steve Howe