LAST EMPIRE from Oregon, USA, are an absolute secret tip for all fans of decent US-Metal a la SANCTUARY, HELSTAR, TYRANT or JAG PANZER. Their debut album, plainly “Last Empire” titled, offers a really whopee in terms of “True” Metal. Merely this great stereotyped cover should appeal to all Metal freaks and fans of 80s heroes. Some may find it horrible, with its warriors and dragons, others will love it. Well, this suits perfectly to US-Metal, dealing about Sword&Sorcery themes!
LAST EMPIRE are able to build up tension and to escalate it then. Especially with the several parts consisting breaker “Trilogy Of The Damned”, while “Fall From Grace” sounds rather doomy. The pretty evil singing makes me frighten. There’s enough variety and you have never enough of these steely monsters, this record offers. “Stormbringer” is such a candidate, a song, which is simply divine. Far away from any more modern direction in Metal. Forget polyphonic choirs or hyperspeed, this man has a pretty variable voice. When he sings high-pitched, he sings really high-pitched! But it’s not that cheesy like on many other Tralala bands. This man has balls and you can hear that.
Okay, this album is in no way easy listening. This is absolutely nothing for people, who already couldn’t deal with US-Metal Bands from the 80s in general. But all who dig on forementioned acts should order their copy as soon as possible. You can buy the CD from the band itself (bandhomepage) and it will be soon released via Underground Symphony. So, it should be then available at all important mail orders! (Online February 17, 2004)