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Galactic Empire - Galactic Empire album review

The shred-heavy Star Wars score you’ve been looking for

Cover art for Galactic Empire - Galactic Empire album

In the past few weeks a band of musicians, under the guise of Galactic Empire, have been touring the nation’s largest club venues wearing Star Wars outfits cloaked by pseudonyms such as Dark Vader, a video for their metalised remake of the movie’s Main Theme having gone viral last year. Composed by John Williams, a genius from classical territory, the soundtrack to the original Star Wars trilogy has long since entered the planet’s communal psyche and pieces such as The Imperial March, The Force Theme and Ben’s Death/Tie Fighter Attack undoubtedly lend themselves to a full-on battering-ram reboot here, complete with shredding guitars, choral backing vocals and pinpoint-precision bass and drums. The men behind the masks include Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland from Atrium Audio, a Pennsylvania studio notable for producing August Burns Red among others, plus members of the local progressive-deathheads Alustrium, and each does George Lucas proud. Sequels await, inevitably.

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.