• Sylvain Lupari

STEVE ROACH: Empetus (1986-2008)

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

“Totally blasting, even with some nice melodic pattern, Empetus is a true lesson about the art of sequencing and of building infernal rhythms”

CD1 44:51 1 Arrival 4:20 2 Seeking 5:34 3 Conquest 6:07 4 Empowerment 3:52 5 Twilight Heat 3:15 6 Merge 6:23 7 Urge 6:23 8 Distance Is Near 2:40 9 The Memory 5:51 CD2 (The Early Years) 69:00 10 Harmonia Mundi 45:00 11 Release 24:00 Projekt 218 (2 CD 113:51) (VF)

(Sequencer-based EM)

This is one of the most powerful and impactful albums I've ever heard in the world of EM. At the time, it was the most powerful. EMPETUS is a masterpiece of sequenced and of sequenced beats. It's all about rhythm, except for the very quiet The Memory where you can feel the beginnings of Structures From Silence, with a massive use of furious sequenced beats. Fiery rhythms, sometimes harmonic (Seeking), with synth pads often very ethereal. Basically, it's a journey to the heart of the analog beasts where Steve Roach has spent hours working movements of rhythms and sequences that transcend the rather Teutonic worlds of the German movement. Each title offers a unique rhythmic envelope, with a few variations, where are playing beautiful electronic ballads knotted in harmonic nuances that fit into finely interconnected rhythmic patterns. This is the only way to describe this jewel of EM where the analog is prince and the sequencer is the king. Steve Roach has recovered the rights to this work more than 20 years later and offers a set of 2 CDs with two long titles, including a hyper syncopated one, that shows how much Steve Roach can easily compare to the monarchs of contemporary EM.

After a brief ambiospheric moment, Arrival unfolds its string of sequences of which the doubles follow each other in a furious rhythmic form. From the outset, Roach introduces a category of rhythm seldom matched with furious keys that pulsate like the heart of a breathless sprinter that is on electronic steroids with a rhythmic charge cajoled by synth pads with perfumes of eth