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by Empire

melodic hard rock with Lance King, Mark Boals, Don Airey, Anders Johansson...
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hypnotica
0:26 album only
2. Fool in Love
3:42 album only
3. Into the Night
4:19 album only
4. You're All That I'm Looking For
3:59 album only
5. Spread My Wings
5:07 album only
6. Bad Bad Boy
3:40 album only
7. Here I Am
4:46 album only
8. I Will Always Be There
4:45 album only
9. A Different Sign
2:03 album only
10. Shelter
4:10 album only
11. Back to Me
4:11 album only
12. Another Place Another Time
3:54 album only
13. Take A Look Around (Bonus Track)
4:50 album only
14. Dogtown Shuffle (Bonus Track)
3:52 album only
15. Spread My Wings (Acoustic - Bonus Track)
3:43 album only


Album Notes
HYPNOTICA - Limited edition re-issue digipak with 3 bonus tracks!
Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore...)
Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire...)
Lance King (Balance of Power, Mattsson...)
Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, Yngwie Malmsteen)
Don Airey (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple)
With Rolf Munkes and Gerald Kloos (Condition Red)

Straightly after the release of the highly acclaimed 2001 debut album "Hypnotica" by EMPIRE who are centred around guitarist, producer & song-writer Rolf Munkes (ex-VANIZE), Rolf straightly began to work on songs for the follow-up album - again with the help of drummer and co-producer Gerald Kloos.

Because of the great drum work of Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL) on selected tracks on "No More Obscurity" (the guitarist's solo-effort under the ROLF MUNKES banner) and EMPIRE´s "Hypnotica" it became obvious to invite him again to collaborate on "Hypnotica's" successor entitled "Trading Souls" on two tracks.

For "Trading Souls", Munkes made a well defined decision against any guest singers. This time he wanted to work with only one singer on the whole album as the debut had featured two - Mark Boals (ex-MALMSTEEN) and Lance King (ex-BALANCE OF POWER). Luckily, Rolf found one of the best: Tony Martin who recorded several albums with BLACK SABBATH and was a constant member of their line-up for several tours around the globe. After Tony and Rolf had finished the recordings of his vocal parts in Rolf's studio they were totally amazed by the results. Martin's impressive vocal range and flexibilty pushed every single song to a higher level. An extraordinary singer, without any doubt!

To complete the rhythm-section, Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE) again entered Rolf's studio. Rolf says: "We had a really relaxed and funny recording session and a great time. Neil already played on the first Empire CD. It was my biggest wish to have him again playing on "Trading Souls". And he did!! He was as usual very pro, quick and great in doing his bass parts for the new CD."

Don Airey (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, SILVER) was heavily touring with DEEP PURPLE when Rolf asked him to play on "Trading Souls": "I remember that he was in Milwaukee that day. He told me he would have some days off between the USA and European parts of the tour where he would be able to record the stuff. So I sent him the songs to his studio where he recorded his parts."

The last recordings added were Rolf's guitars. To mix the CD, Rolf joined forces with Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O.) and spent two weeks at Kaufmann's Roxx Studios near Cologne, Germany.



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The best musicians thus, best music!
This CD is one of the best I have ever heard. It's probably due to the fact that all of the musicians come from my favorite bands. I encourage everyone to listen to this CD and buy it. I have already saved up money to buy it for my brother's birthday. I'm sure he, and everyone who hears it, will fall in love with the hypnotizing music that could only be equal to...well, Metallica, Megadeath, Black Sabbath, and so many other legends.