Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC ON-AIR TALENT KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
Reviews

EMPIRES OF EDEN Architect Of Hope

By Alex Yarborough, Orlando Contributor
Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 4:53 PM


- advertisement -

- advertisement -
EMPIRES OF EDEN
Architect Of Hope

2015 Melodic Rock Records




EMPIRES OF EDEN, led by Sydney, Australia’s mastermind guitarist and composer Stu Hammer Marshall (DEATHDEALER/DUNGEON), is a melodic power metal band that has unleashed their fourth album, Architect Of Hope. EOE is an alliance of metal’s best of the best. This album is the follow-up to 2012’s masterpiece Channeling The Infinite, which featured some of metal’s finest vocalists including Rob Rock, Udo Dirkschneider, Sean Peck, Carlos Zema and Mike Dimeo.

If you are a metal fan who loves collaborations, then Architect Of Hope should appeal to you. Stu Hammer Marshall is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Drummer Jasix puts the hammer down on this album; his drumming is precision perfection. There are also some guest guitar appearances as well.

Track one is “Vanish In The Light”, featuring Rick Altzi's glorious rasp. I am a fan of his voice, particularly his work with AT VANCE and MASTERPLAN. This song builds on riffs and backing vocals, and there are some keyboards for backing atmosphere, but Rick is the hero here. His opening howl is awesome, and this is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever heard him sing. What an incredible start to the album!

The title track follows, featuring Ralf Scheepers on lead vocals. “Architect Of Hope” is easily one of the best songs Scheepers has ever performed anywhere, and his voice is stretched into the stratosphere on this track. If you are a PRIMAL FEAR fan (and you should be), you need to hear this song.

Track three is “Push The Limits”, and features a killer performance by vocalist Tony Webster of Cleveland, Ohio-based band ARCHETYPE. The song also features a solo by guitarist Shane French (CIRCLE II CIRCLE/JON OLIVA'S PAIN).

“Taken” is the fourth track and features vocalist George Call (ASKA). This is a blazing, thrashing track that Call puts his amazing vocal stamp all over, starting right with the intro.

“Weaponize” features Carlos Zema (OUTLAND/IMMORTAL GUARDIAN) on vocals and is one of the many standout tracks on the album. Zema’s lead vocal soars. It also features a fantastic solo section in which Marshall trades solos with Metal Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD).

“Six Feet Under” has lead vocals by Jeff Martin (RACER X). This is a fantastic speed metal anthem. I miss Jeff’s voice and hearing him on anything is welcome.

"Killing As One", featuring Mike Cotoia (FATE BREAKS DAWN) on vocals, is another speed metal masterpiece. This is an aggressive power metal track and one of my favorite songs on the album. Marshall’s powerful riffs, Jasix’s double bass drumming and Cotoia’s high-pitched vocals make this song an instant classic.

Raphael Dantas (PERCEPTION) contributes both clean and death vocals to “Silent Hill”, another raging power metal classic.

The final track, “Holy Pharoah”, features lead vocals by the great Mike DiMeo (RIOT). I love the melancholy of this song; it is a perfect ending to the album.

Architect Of Hope has nine songs total, clocking in at around 46 minutes. The album artwork of a destroyed Magic Kingdom is incredible. EMPIRES OF EDEN gives metal fans the chance to hear their heroes in a different light, as well as some lesser-known talents that you might not be familiar with. This album is worth seeking out!

4.5 Out Of 5.0

Grab your copy of Architect Of Hope in the KNAC.COM More Store right HERE


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
DEEP PURPLE Whoosh!
BLACK CROWN INITIATE Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape
VOODOO SIX Simulation Game
ONSLAUGHT Generation Antichrist
ENSIFERUM Thalassic
TOKYO MOTOR FIST Lions
ALEX TYLER Love Not War
DOKKEN The Lost Songs: 1978-1981
DEE SNIDER For The Love Of Metal Live
GARDNER/JAMES Synergy
VALKYRIE Fear
PRIMAL FEAR Metal Commando
ALCATRAZZ Born Innocent
MUSHROOMHEAD A Wonderful Life
SHOK PARIS Full Metal Jacket
MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL We Are The Night
BEYOND THE BLACK Horizons
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO More Machine Than Man





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2020 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News