Released: 2007, Metal Heaven/Border Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
CHASING SHADOWS is the newest release from German guitar player Rolf Munkes and his Empire. He’s gathered a bunch of famous names like Neil Murray, Doogie White and Mike Terrana to help him out.
This new album continues where RAVEN RIDE left off; it’s still the same patented heavy dark hardrock/heavy metal led by the amazing guitar playing by Munkes. Lead singer White fills his position perfectly in a dark hardrock/heavy metal act of this caliber. You forget about former singer Tony Martin; White does just as good of a job as Martin.
The rhythm section is brilliant and incredibly heavy, but what else would you expect from Terrana and Murray? Munch sneaks in classical hardrock parts here and there which adds flavor to the heavy dish. You can find influences from Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake among others.
CHASING SHADOWS is a really solid album and is on its way to become one of my personal favorites of this year. There isn’t a single wrong note and Munkes has really captured the unique Empire feeling in every song. The album is really consistent and it’s hard to pick a favorite track.
Munkes produced the perfectly dark, heavy and impressive album in his Empire Studio and centered it around White’s lead vocals and Munkes’ guitar playing; they sound amazing together.
As you might have already guessed, I love this album. Hopefully they will maintain this line up on the next Empire album which I hope is coming soon.