A new hellchild is born: Jeff Mantas (ex-VENOM), the pioneer Black Metal guitarist, who has influenced bands like SLAYER, METALLICA, BATHORY, SODOM, etc., returns to his roots with MPIRE OF EVIL! This is a new project by ex Venom members, Mantas, Antton and The Demolition Man.. The resemblance to Venom is evident here, but you will find some new things anyway. What you will find here, is a tribute to four bands that surely have inspired Mpire of Evil; and two original songs. The six tracks together give a 28-minute length debut LP. It starts with ?Exciter?, a cover to Judas Priest. The voice is pretty nice, pretty Venom, of course, but don?t expect to have a Venom copycat, not at all. The sound is also cool, easy to dig and appealing to all those older hard rock and metal lovers. "M?torhead? as you can imagine is a cover to the self-titled band. Fast and repetitive rhythm, heavy drums and raw vocals, and the mandatory guitar riff, nice but nothing new to add. ?Reptile? is the first original track, the first Mpire of Evil song you will find. It has powerful drums, the same raw and heavy voice, and of course that angry guitars and bass sound. This song reaches the five minutes, in which you will have great old-school raw metal. A Kiss tribute is shown with ?God of Thunder? and that sounds pretty cool with the Mpire sound. The music is practically the same, what changes is the voice, here it sounds even more powerful and angry. The guitar solo is also great here. ?Hell Ain?t A Bad Place To Be? is as you guess an AC/DC cover, and another cool rendition to a legendary band. This version is pretty cool, surely loved by both, the AC/DC and Venom fans.
The album finishes with the title track, and the second original song of the band. ?Creatures of the Black? is a five-minute song which offers that heavy metal sound, composed by fast and heavy drums, constant and controlling strings, and the always strong and raw voice. Comes in a gatefold cover