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Empire - 2001 Hypnotica

Lance King - vocals
Mark Boals - vocals
Rolf Munkes - guitars
Neil Murray - bass
Don Airey - keyboards
Gerald Kloos - drums
Andres Johansson - drums

An impressive lineup this one. Featuring the vocal talents of both Lance King (Gemini, Balance Of Power), and the operatically inclined Mark Boals. (Billionaire Boys Club). Assisted by the six stringing antics of German based Rolf Munkes, a British back-end of Murray and Airey (who haven't they played with!) powered by the dual pairing of Kloos and Johansson (ex Yngwie J Malmsteen among others), the only way is 'up' for this Empire project. The songs are a smorgasbord of melodic metal, ranging in style and influence - starting off from the care-free seventies, and moving forward through into the indulgent eighties and beyond.

The Songs
For instance, 'Into The Light' is a spectacular entrance for Boals masterful vocals. Not to be outdone, King's work on 'You're All That I'm Looking For' is soaring, while the song is a commercial but melodic romp. 'Spread My Wings' which is a ballad - sees Airey stretching out, trying to emulate Ken Hensley with seventies styled keyboards a la Uriah Heep. 'I Will Always Be There' is a big American sounding track, with solid grafting guitars from Munkes. The last pairing are unusual - 'Shelter' moves in that same headspace as Ronnie James Dio era Black Sabbath, while 'Another Place Another Time' harks back to that early nineties party rock made famous by British bands Thunder and Little Angels.

In Summary
Fans of power vocals will love this. Definitely anyone interested in the heavier genres of melodic rock will do well to check this ablum out. Overall, you can't help but be impressed by an album which has good consistent material, two talented singers, and a stellar musical cast. Melodic metal never sounded so good.


Track Listing:
01 Data Track
02 Hypnotica
03 Fool In Love
04 Into The Light
05 You're All That I Am Looking For
06 Spread My Wings
07 Bad Bad Boy
08 Here I Am
09 I Will Always Be There
10 A Different Sign
11 Shelter
12 Back To Me
13 Another Place Another Time
14 Take A Look Around
15 Dogtown Shuffle
16 Spread My Wings (Unplugged)

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