I had the esteemed pleasure of seeing the group open for hard rock band, Return To Earth (feat. original Dillinger Escape Plan drummer, Chris Pennie), at The Saint in New Jersey a few years back. A three-piece at the time, I was amazed at how much music they managed to fill the club with, which even rivaled the seven-man band that followed them. Even more impressive about this event was the attendance of Guns N' Roses guitarist, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, who, in fact, mastered Dead Empires' first EP, Monuments.
Often, instrumental albums tend to bore me. I find myself yearning for a vocalist and inspirational, relatable lyrics to break up the monotony of what often is simply one guitar solo after another. That isn't the case with this album, which provides enough participation by all members of the band to not make me feel it is any one person's avenue for showboating. Every member leaves their mark, and it leaves me wanting more. Waiting In Waves is a fantastic first full length by a band who is striving to earn an audience. I'm proud to say they have my attention.
Rating: 4/5 Sharps