It’s been almost 20 years since the release of Empyrium‘s magnificent atmospheric dark folk metal (or whatever) album Songs of Moors and Misty Fields. I think I first listened to them around 2004 or 2005, when I was about the same age that the main protagonists had had when the recorded this album. That might be one reason why this album resonated so much with me back then. I simply like everything about this record, the musicianship, the vocals, the overall melancholic-beautiful atmosphere, the lyrics… It feels very genuine for me, a feeling that might by due to some of my own musical ideas sounding somewhat similar – although I wasn’t able yet to set them into music outside my head.
Apparently, Empyrium also dealt with the same kinds of literature (Romanticism) back then, although I focused on German poetry, whereas the lyrics on Songs of Moors and Misty Fields are clearly influenced by British poets (which I discovered a little later) like Percy Shelley and John Keats – the latter to such an extent that Empyriums’s Ode to Melancholy quotes Keats’ Ode on Melancholy with the phrase <<She dwells with Beauty—Beauty that must die>>.
But no more words – just listen to the song and read the lyrics, and order their stuff somewhere!