Imperial Empire - _The Second Coming_
(Independent, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Death metal stalwarts like Napalm Death and Morbid Angel have influenced countless bands out there, but every once in a while you find a band that can wear those influences all over again and still come out with something interesting in the end. Imperial Empire are one such case, and _The Second Coming_ is a veritable feast of cool hooks and wicked riffs, dynamic mid-paced crunching goodness and outbursts of hyperblast. This is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the band consists of only one person: Lee Wollenschlaeger, who lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Not having been able to find suitable members for the band yet, he's done great work on his own with just the help of a rather unobtrusive drum machine. While not exactly a very original album, the death metal competence shown on _The Second Coming_ is of such calibre that surely Imperial Empire will be on a label sometime soon -- especially if Wollenschlaeger can enlist some worthy band members. Well produced and impeccably delivered, _The Second Coming_ is an unpretentiously enjoyable death metal disc that should not fail to please any death metal addicts out there.


(article published 26/12/2003)

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