There are some tributes or odes to various bands that are coming out. One of the bands that I listened to in this particular “genre” is called Mac Sabbath, and what they do is they recreate Black Sabbath songs while singing about the perils of McDonald’s. This band entitled Galactic Empire takes the Star Wars movie scores and puts a definite metal twist on them. On May 4th, aka Star Wars Day, Galactic Empire will be unleashing “Episode II” to those that are faithful to the Jedi.
In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, it has the epic movie score entitled “March of the Resistance”, where it showcases the rising action of the Star Wars franchise. John Williams, who composed the movie score, makes it sound triumphant with resounding crescendos and music that builds the action of the movie. It is an absolute challenge to recreate that sound from an orchestra, yet Galactic Empire is able to accomplish this feat with their pulsating rhythm section, impeccable guitar work, and very tight changes in tempo and progressions in the song. “March of the Resistance” often gets compared to the historically famous “Imperial March”, and Galactic Empire is able to bring about those feelings of epicness while having that edge of your set anticipatory setting in the music as if something explosive is about to happen.
“Scherzo for X-Wings” makes it sound even more resounding with the tempo changes and the drumming coupled with the rhythm section of the bass makes it sound historically significant. Galactic Empire is able to capture the darker moments in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with the “Departure of Boba Fett” and “The Emperor”. In “The Emperor”, the guitars sound menacing and evil, coupled with the sweeps of the guitar that makes it almost sound like a high score in an arcade game. The drumming is tribal sounding to indicate something powerful and evil is going to occur with “The Emperor”. In “Departure of Boba Fett”, the guitars make it sound like the climax is occurring in the movie.
Galactic Empire showcases how technical the music is when they reimagined the movie score for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. They were able encapsulate the different scenes in the movie where the score is at its peak, and in this, it ultmately enhances the production of the movie. Star Wars fans will certainly appreciate this effort by Galactic Empire, as Madness To Creation gives this a 8 out of 10 stars. It’s a solid album for those that are into the Star Wars Empire as Galactic Empire has proven that they’re not just a novelty act for Star Wars fans, but that they are real musicians that must be taken seriously. Check out the track listing below.
- March of the Resistance
- Scherzo for X-Wings
- The Droid Invasion and the Appearance of Darth Maul
- Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle
- Love Pledge and The Arena
- Rey’s Theme
- The Departure of Boba Fett
- The Emperor
- Into The Trap
- The Battle of Yavin(Launch From The Fourth Moon)
Galactic Empire has some tour dates in support of “Episode II”. Check them out below.
Friday, May 4th- Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland
Saturday, May 26th- Chameleon Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Saturday, June 16th- Download Festival in Paris, France
Sunday, June 17th- Tivoli in Utrecht, Netherlands
Monday, June 18th- LOGO in Hamburg, Germany
Tuesday, June 19th- Kulturzentrum Schlachthof in Wiesbaden, Germany
Wednesday, June 20th- Rock The Ring Fest in Hinwil, Switzerland
Friday, June 22nd- Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
Saturday, June 23rd- Reading 3 in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Tuesday, June 26th- TAURON Arena in Krakow, Poland
Thursday, June 28th- Download Festival in Madrid, Spain
Saturday, June 30th- Tuska Festival in Helsingfors, Finland
For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, click here.
Fans can find Galactic Empire at the following locations: