EMPIRES OF EDEN – Channelling The Infinite
Australian guitar maestro Stu Marshall brings another power metal product with Empires Of Eden, assembling some of the best singers from across the globe on these 13 tracks. “Channeling The Infinite” features Rob Rock, Udo Dirkschneider, Steve Grimmett, Mike Dimeo, Sean Peck for the veterans, and some of the unheralded power/progressive talent like Carlos Zema from Outworld, Danny Cecati of Eyefear/ Pegazus, and Alessandro Del Vecchio of Edge Of Forever among the 11 vocalists on display.
Highlights include the soaring, jackhammer Priest-like title track where Sean Peck resonates in his high power upper register, the Malmsteen-like bevy of neo-classical parts that drive the Rob Rock sung “Cry Out”, and the more dramatically driven “Born A King” which sounds like straight out of “Thundersteel” school from Danny’s sustained note holding mastery. One of the bonus tracks is another version of the song with Cage’s Sean Peck – and an all-star version of “Hammer Down” that isn’t necessary as Udo performs this mid-tempo head slammer perfectly with his normal metal panache.
Since Dungeon’s retirement, Stu continues to ply his songwriting craft with Empires Of Eden- another decent all-star project. Neo-classical power fans, rejoice!