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Thursday, 21 January 2016

DIE, EMPEROR! DIE

GenresPunk / Rock / Emo / Screamo / Country / Folk
Related artistsRosa, Punkin Pie, Teenage Kicks and Treetops.
CountryHouston, Texas USA
Years Active2000-2005
Song: "Untitled"
Album: "Microwave Says to the Pacemaker"
Year: 2004
For fans ofI Hate Myself, Toru Okada, Soiled Doves, Two Gallants, Neil Perry, Hank Williams, Bright Calm Blue, September, Congratulations, Slender Loris, Nanette, The Pine, Rites Of Spring, Saetia, The Rabbit Theory and CityCop aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Adagio830 / Friends Forever Records / Golden Shiny Wire Of Hope / Passionate Youth Thing
This post's artist is from the November 2015 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the January Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2016 Mix#2 here.

DIE, EMPEROR! DIE seems like a myth. The warbly emo/screamo flutters around and mixes with folk/country in a very lo-fi setting with pretty much nothing but the essentials. The stripped down and raw crooning/yelling compliment the (mostly) acoustic guitars and drumming, all of which was forever enshrined on goddamn hard to find releases. The rarely discussed raw, emo, folk and screamo may or may not have strongly influenced future generations, but as I don't hear people talk about them I'm kind of left in the dark on that. This style has been insanely overdone since. The newer people trying to recreate this sound never come close, and most end up sounding like pure shit. DIE, EMPEROR! DIE walked a fine line but in the end they tiptoed gallantly across with little to no missteps.

"Postscript" (on the 'Acoustic' cd) and "Untitled" [aka an electrified version of "Postscript" that appeared on the 'Microwave Says to the Pacemaker' 2x7" compilation (aka the greatest comp of all time)] need to be discussed in further detail. Y'know, cuz they're amazing. If there is a penultimate DIE, EMPEROR! DIE song this is fucking it, no contest. "Untitled" begins with a slow but steady beat and beautiful twinkly guitars until 52 seconds when the song hits its first groove. The talk/yell slides in at this point and is fucking fantastic which leads to some crying screaming after two minutes and the final build at 2:35 with some seriously true "screamo" guitars. The song from the Toru Okada split 7" titled "Dear Friend, Never Give Up" is another gem that boasts some extremely engaging guitars with screamed vocals layered that explode in the best DIE, EMPEROR! DIE moment just before the two-minute mark. Fucking flawless stuff.

A lot of the acoustic stuff ended up being covers. "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" is a Hank Williams cover and is country as fuck. They've also covered "For Want Of" by Rites Of Spring with is emo as fuck. Minor Threat was covered as well so that's punk as fuck. Fuck fuck fuck. But I must say that DIE, EMPEROR! DIE were at their best when they busted out the electricity, as they ended up sounding like Neil Perry if they mellowed out and jammed sad ass emo and country simultaneously.

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DISCOGRAPHY
Click )==>here<==( to download the band's partial discography in mp3/wma form.

2002 - Demo cassetteEP (you got this? please upload it!)

2003 - Acoustic cdrLP
2003 - Toru Okada split 7"EP
2003 - Burned Out Bright split 7"EP (you got this? please upload it!)
2003 - Live at Burned Out Bright's Last Show, October 25th, 2003 cassetteLP (you got this? please upload it!)

2004 - Microwave Says to the Pacemaker 2x7" comp (contributed "Untitled")

2006 - Acoustic 7"EP (buy the 7" here)

???? - William Elliot Whitmore split 10" (apparently never released)

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(2004) DIE, EMPEROR! DIE - "Untitled" (from 'Microwave Says to the Pacemaker' comp)

(2003) DIE, EMPEROR! DIE - "Dear Friend, Never Give Up" (from 'Toru Okada' split)

(2006) DIE, EMPEROR! DIE - "Another City For A Different Life" (from 'Acoustic' 7")

(2003) DIE, EMPEROR! DIE - "Postscript" (from 'Acoustic' cdr)

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DIE, EMPEROR! DIE out of print mp3/wma partial discography download / additional links

(download here)

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1 comment:

  1. Demo can be found here: http://chilichow.blogspot.com/2010/03/die-emperor-die-demo-acoustic.html

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