EMBR is: Alan - Bass | Mark - Guitar | Crystal – Vocals | Eric - Drums
EMBR have 3 solid EP’s under their belt. In 2016 they released 261 which was an onslaught of heavy riffs and angelic vocals. In 2017 the band released 271, This release maintained a level of heaviness but they also managed to reign back on the onslaught and displayed their softer side. On 326:Spiritual Dialysis (early 2019) the massive sound was turned up, slowed down and was an absolutely defining and deafening assault. All of EMBR’s EP’s have been received very well and have had a wide array of sound while staying true to the mission "create something sludgy, heavy loud and nasty with haunting female vocals."
This year (2020) EMBR are releasing their first full-length album with the UK label NEW HEAVY SOUNDS. This album was written throughout 2019.
Midway through the writing of the album Eric Bigelow had a kidney transplant and this put the writing on pause for about 2 months. Nevertheless, the band worked hard after Eric's recovery and was able to finish writing, record and release a beast of a debut.
The album consists of 7 songs and successfully combines multiple heavy genres. Eric, Alan and Mark craft heavy, dark and engaging riffs. Doom, sludge, grunge, rock and heavy metal are prevalent throughout and provide the perfect backdrop for the haunting vocals of Crystal Bigelow.
This is not a debut you want to miss.
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Read the reviews below:
1823 NEWS / REVIEWS:
REVOLVER PREMIERES EMBR VIDEO/SONG YOUR BURDEN
"a Sabbathian dirge swirling with Southern Gothic vibes and lifted above the fog by Crystal's soaring vocals" - REVOLVER
"It’s music that makes me close my eyes and sail off on whatever weird tangents my imagination wants to follow." - CVLT NATION
"As 1823 ends its run, it characterizes EMBR somewhere between doom and ambient sludge or post-metal, but one of the most encouraging aspects of the album is that it’s less about conforming to style than it is about offering its own take through largesse and range alike, the changes in structure and arrangement adding to the focus on craft that is so prevalent throughout. "
EMBR IN GUITAR WORLD
"With its drop-tuned humbucking intro, Embr might lull you into a false sense of doom-metal security, but as Your Burden attests, there’s more to these Birmingham, AL metallers than pure sonic annihilation."
METAL-RULES REVIEWS 1823
"1823 is the debut album of U.S. quartet Embr, and shows us a flavoursome, and often downright stunning take on doom metal and heavy music in general. "
THE SLEEPING SHAMAN REVIEWS 1823
"These elements come together to form something truly inspiring, and to come in at ground level with a new band such as Embr is an added bonus, as I believe that they’re going to rise and rise, so it will be interesting to see where they go from here. This is definitely the start of something special…"
ECH(((10)))ES AND DUST REVIEWS 1823
"It is with great satisfaction then to announce Embr are another fine addition to the welcoming expansion of bands in recent years bringing a freshness to metal’s dark and doomy tradition. "
"The follow up to impressive EPs 261 and 271, EMBR‘s debut full-length, 1823, finds the Birmingham, Alabama band hitting the ground running with their ambitious take on the doom genre and indeed all things heavy metal in general. "
"dropping a Black Sabbath-like Doom-laden thick and heavy backdrop to the reverb-soaked female vocals of Crystal Bigelow"
"The guitars on this album are monstrous. Heavy, sludgy, griddy; these tunes are hypnotic, brilliantly arranged, epic with bittersweet lyrics"
"A fantastic blend of death-growls, shrieks, and siren-like vocals, all swirling around the listener’s head while the pounding bass and drums knock them into submission. Try these [songs] at full volume, sweet baby Jesus and all the little orphans, they are gorgeous."
"the 7 songs on this debut all have a heavy melancholia of death about them, but equally a beautiful serenity conveyed through the incredible, trance like vocals of Crystal Bigelow. "
"1823 is an album that was forged in troubled circumstances and it has been released in equally troubled circumstances, it's an album of mesmeric, crushing music ideal for these still uncertain times."
"A band who play straight from the heart without being confined by any one genre, EMBR are four musical kindred spirits who are ready to share their debut album 1823 with the world. - We caught up with lead vocalist Crystal Bigelow to find out more, including her first musical memory, EMBR‘s influences, ambitions and more. "
"1823 is an album with real attitude and a determined focus that you don’t really hear with a debut album but EMBR pull this off with style and some epic doomed out riffs that will leave a lasting impression.
This is a superb debut album and EMBR richly deserve all the plaudits coming their way."
"The juxtaposition between outrageous passages of sheer heaviness and fragile tranquillity works so remarkably well, there are moments where the outpouring of emotion is so overwhelming it will leave you stunned and in Crystal Bigelow, the band possess a vocalist of true quality. "
"If you’ve been looking for a hybrid between Royal Thunder and Windhand, EMBR’s debut has you covered. "