BLACK ORCHID EM­PIRE

Yu­gen

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - DANNII LEIVERS

LONG BRANCH/SPV Lon­don-based rock­ers add some brawn to their am­bi­tion

Heavy mu­sic has bro­ken down genre bound­aries and spi­ralled into dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, but never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of good, solid rock. On their se­cond al­bum, Lon­don trio

Black Orchid Em­pire have proved them­selves pro­fi­cient at cre­at­ing the kind of an­themic, chest-beat­ing songs that have pro­pelled peers Biffy Clyro, Twin At­lantic and Lower Than At­lantis to ever-ex­pand­ing stages. Im­me­di­ately ac­ces­si­ble, melodic opener My Favourite Stranger wastes no time be­fore in­vad­ing your cra­nium and Black­light Shadow bursts into a cho­rus that re­sem­bles Foo Fight­ers’

My Hero. Yu­gen is eas­ily heav­ier than Black Orchid Em­pire’s de­but, Archetype, with the band un­afraid to put their foot down when it’s war­ranted. The dense and brawny Wires and Toru’s Maze are pow­ered by the same tur­bocharged in­tent as Royal Blood’s mus­cu­lar rif­fery, pro­vid­ing

Black Orchid Em­pire with some guts and balls to ac­com­pany that sta­dium-bound beat­ing heart. FOR FANS OF: ROYAL BLOOD, TWIN AT­LANTIC, LOWER THAN AT­LANTIS

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