Thursday 20 November 2014

Review: Atkins May Project – Empire of Destruction (CD & DVD)

akins may project
Put the thought inside your mind of a grim-faced army, be they a time-forgotten Teutonic race or the latest despots roaming the Middle East, then imagine them marching through time, picking up the pace and charging, even as missiles begin to scream out overhead steering us towards a near-future apocalyptic war. That’s the theme for ‘World at War’ and indeed much of ‘Empire of Destruction’. From slow grinding chords to a faster tempo where sonic blasts of guitar zig-zag and circumnavigate the main musical themes, the word epic comes to mind as a voice stirs throughout wandering unharmed amidst the aural carnage, appalled but not surprised. The heavily arranged guitars segue into the less frantic ‘The Midas Touch’ as the narrating voice redirects its macrocosmic overview to more personal observation, annoyances now felt at turns by embittered growls and angrier higher pitched harmonic screams. In the accompanying DVD interview, vocalist Al Atkins raises a concerned eyebrow that all this might be considered progressive rock, but that scene’s changed a lot since he formed the original Judas Priest.

Empire of Destruction
CD/DVD - £9.99

Valley of Shadows/The Serpents Kiss
2CD - £9.99

Valley of Shadows
CD - £9.99

The Serpents Kiss
CD - £9.99

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