Let's dispense with the obvious shall we? Mpire of Evil is a truly awful name for a band even though we can all work out why it has been chosen given the pedigree of the band members, namely Venom alumni Mantas, Antton and the Demolition Man. Their press blurb which is utterly hilarious makes two salient points about the band making music," without pretending that it was 1982 all over again," as well as pointing out that, "This is MPIRE of EVIL. This is Mantas, Antton and the Demolition Man. This is 2011."
It may seem churlish, nay indeed childish to point out the obvious but what says 2011 more than covering Judas Priest, KISS, Motörhead and AC/DC? The cover versions are fine, perfectly listenable and vocally a fair approximation of the original singer is delivered although nobody can compare with Rob Halford's majesty. The two new songs are equally fine although I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that Mpire of Evil should have waited until they had more newies before venturing forth into the marketplace. The title track exudes menace and promise for the future. Until then, this EP shows that Mpire of Evil may well have something to say, perhaps in 2012.
- God of Thunder
- Hell Ain't a Bad place to Be
- Creatures of the Black