albums are released at the wrong time, when all the
work with art work, recording of the songs and so
on is ready for the public, the the audience has left
and the spotlights is pointing in another
direction. Maybe this is what happened to Empire's
disc's. The German guitarist Rolf Munkes
super-group project didn't get to the top of the
With band members as Tony Martin (Sabbath), Don
Airey (Purple), Neil Murray (Whitesnake) and special
guest on drums Anders Johansson (Hammerfall) they
deserved a better fate.
This album named 'Trading Souls' was originally released
in 2003 and it still sounds fresh and modern as the songs were written this year. I'm
glad to get the opportunity to discover this
little piece of rock art. It's a nice melodic hard
rock album with several good rock tunes with heavy
riffs and really big vocal efforts from Mr. Martin.
If you missed them (like I did) in the beginning of
this millennium and if you are a fan of rock 'n' roll
songs with clean vocals, good choruses, nice
melodies, catchy rhythms and brilliant guitar
playing, you may find this re-issue worth using some money
Fans of Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Sabbath (T.Martin)
will find much to appreciate on this disc.