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Artist:

Empire

Album:

Hypnotica [Re-release]

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Lion Music
Genre: [Hard Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.5


This is the limited edition re-release of Empire's debut album 'Hypnotica' including three bonus tracks. Empire plays 80's hard rock in the style of different 80's hair metal bands, such as Whitesnake, Guns 'n Roses and Poison. Their choice of style is obvious when you take a look at their line-up. It comprises of Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire), Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, Mattsson), Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, Yngwie Malmsteen), Don Airey (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple), Rolf Munkes (ex-VANIZE, Condition Red) and Gerald Kloos (Condition Red).

Material on this album is of quite even quality... and I was amazed by the diversity which isn't usually heard on these (80's hard rock) records. Rolf Munkes is really good guitarist, which can be heard on this album (melodical guitar solos are all over the album). Actually it's quite refreshing to hear 80's hard rock album made in the 21st century.

Production on this album is good. This album is kind of a modernized 80's hard rock album... with many different bands in it (you can actually name the influences from the different songs, they're so obvious). For example, on 'Back to Me' Lance King mimics Guns 'n Roses singer Axl Rose (but Lance actually sounds better). If you're a fan of 80's hard rock, this album is for you.

Release date: 24.09.2004


- MAGE (15.08.2004)



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LINE-UP:
King, Lance: Vocals
Munkes, Rolf: Guitars, Bass
Murray, Neil: Bass
Kloos, Gerald: Drums

Guests:
Boals, Mark: Vocals on Tracks 3 & 8
Johansson, Anders: Drums on Tracks 3 & 12
Airey, Don: Keyboards (Track 5)
Producer: Munkes, Rolf
Mixing by: Kaufmann, Stefan & Munkes, Rolf
Mastering by: Melchior, Manfred
TRACKLIST:
Empire - Hypnotica [Re-release]  CD  Cover Image
01. Hypnotica
02. Fool in Love
03. Into the Light
04. You're All That I'm Looking For
05. Spread My Wings
06. Bad Bad Boy
07. Here I Am
08. I Will Always Be There
09. A Different Sign
10. Shelter
11. Back to Me
12. Another Place Another Time
13. Take a Look Around
14. Dogtown Shuffle
15. Spread My Wings (Unplugged)
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