As the title suggests, A Retrospective… is a look back on the work of EMPYRIUM. Aside from re-mastered songs from all four studio albums, the CD contains two unreleased new tracks, “Der Weiher” and “Am Wolkenstieg,” as well as a newly arranged and recorded version of “The Franconian Woods In Winter’s Silence” (originally off A Wintersunset…).
The CD will be released as a lavishly designed, gold-embossed digibook. Many fans will be particularly interested in the in-depth band biography contained in the sixty-pages booklet. This text takes a closer look at the history of the band and all its influences music and content-wise, and it will make transparent the whole artistic aspect of EMPYRIUM and its changes in the course of years. Thus, it will contribute to a substantially deeper understanding of EMPYRIUM.
In tandem with the regular release of A Retrospective…, there will be a six-CD box encompassing the complete works of EMPYRIUM, including the demo …der wie ein Blitz vom Himmel fiel… and A Retrospective…, in an elegant and identical digibook design. Strictly limited to 500 copies. In addition to this, there will be re-issues of all previous albums in digibook form, also limited to 500 copies each.