Been awhile since I’ve done an album review and upon viewing my emails, I stumbled upon Kristoffer Gildenlow’s latest release, “Empty.” Which was brought to my attention by Bad Dog Promotions. Despite being my first exposure to Kristoffer’s work, I’m genuinely impressed by the musical depth showcased in this album. Let’s dive in:

“Time to Turn The Page” sets the stage with its dynamic blend of soothing vocals and heavy guitar riffs, seamlessly transitioning between different moods and styles. The lyrics resonate with themes of reflection and impending change, complementing the captivating instrumentals. Moving on to “The End Of The Run,” the symphonic ambiance created by violin, drums, and piano offers a soothing contrast, exploring themes of disillusionment and acceptance. “Harbringer of Sorrow” mesmerizes with its haunting vocals and captivating guitar solos, delving into themes of endurance and resilience amidst adversity. “He’s Not Me” charms with its bluesy acoustic vibe and introspective lyrics, inviting listeners to ponder themes of identity and self-awareness. “Black & White” captivates with its melodic piano and guitar melodies, while lyrically exploring the complexities of human ambition and the passage of time. “Down We Go” unfolds as a profound musical odyssey, navigating themes of accountability and shared experiences with emotive vocals and intricate instrumentals. “Turn It All Around” carries an eerie ambiance, driven by haunting violin and piano melodies, inviting listeners into a world of introspection and contemplation. “Means To An End” showcases a blend of emotive vocals and intricate instrumentals, exploring themes of perseverance and resilience amidst adversity. “Beautiful Decay” stands out for its evocative lyrics and masterful guitar work, inviting listeners to reflect on the transient nature of life. “The Brittle Man” offers a slow yet equally beautiful composition, delving into themes of struggle and resilience in the face of adversity. “Saturated” maintains a slow yet more upbeat tempo, exploring themes of introspection and emotional saturation with haunting vocals and meticulously crafted instrumentation. Finally, “Empty” serves as a hauntingly beautiful conclusion to the album, inviting listeners on a profound emotional journey through its intricate melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.

In summary, “Empty” showcases Kristoffer Gildenlow’s musical prowess and lyrical depth, offering listeners a captivating exploration of existential questions and emotional landscapes.

Rating: 8.5/10

Review by: Mike Usenick