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Album Review

Holy Roman Empire frontwoman Emily Schambra would undoubtedly be horrified by this comparison, but still, it must be said: she is the Kelly Clarkson of post-hardcore. By this, it is meant that Schambra brings a surprising amount of not only technical ability but also emotional depth to a style of music that's not exactly rife with either of those things. Without her, Holy Roman Empire would be a much different — and far worse — band. On their second album, producer Matt Allison (a longtime veteran of the Chicago scene) emphasizes Holy Roman Empire's guitar sounds, keeping the rhythm section well in the background and using Neeraj Kane and Jay Jancetic's mostly distortion-free riffs to frame Schambra's up-front vocals. The results are remarkably clean without being sterile, and the nearly slick sound plays up the subtle pop hooks of tunes like the soaring "Olympus." The Longue Durée, pretentious album title aside, is tuneful without being blatantly commercial, thoughtful without being ickily emo, and a generally rocking good listen. There's really no reason why these guys couldn't be huge, like on an all-over-MTV2 level.

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Unknown Yet Pretty Talented

These guys r totally unknown, yet they are actually really good. The song "Alliance of Thieves" is an extremely good song, and I'm glad I bought it.


Formed: 2003 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Chicago rockers Holy Roman Empire got their start near the end of 2003, and though it took the band a few years to release music or even play a show, the outfit almost immediately peaked interest, as it was comprised of alumni from various late-'90s hardcore bands. Guitarist Neeraj Kane (ex-Stabbed by Words, Sweet Cobra, the Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File), guitarist Jay Jancetic (ex-Arma Angelus, Stabbed by Words), bassist Geoff Reu (Killing Tree), and drummer Tony Tintari (ex-Rise Against, Shai...
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