Friday, March 18, 2016

Southern Empire "Southern Empire"

Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, AOR, Hard Rock
Label: GEP 
Format: CD
Release date: March 18, 2016
Disc 1
1. Show Me The Way (0:49)
2. Forest Fire (7:32)
3. Hold (11:42)
4. How Long (11:28)
5. The Bridge That Binds (28:22)
  i. Don’t Look Down
  ii. The Bridge That Binds
  iii. Before You Know It
  iv. Turbulence
  v. Show Me A Sign
  vi. Undercurrents
  vii. Let The River Run Red
  viii. It All Depends
  ix. The End Of My Days
6. Dreams & Machines (5:10)

Total time 65:03

Disc 2 (DVD)
1. Forest Fire (7:32)
2. Hold (11:42)
3. How Long (11:28)
4. The Bridge That Binds (28:22)

Total time 59:04 

Danny Lopresto - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Cam Blokland - Guitar, Vocals
Brody Green - Drums, Vocals
Jez Martin - Bass, Vocals
Sean Timms (ex-Unitopia) - Keyboards, Vocals, Saxophone

My main impression is that Yes is a good place to start when describing this band. 80’s era Yes that is, alongside the Yes but not in name project Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe towards the end of that decade. While not a dominating aspect of the music of Southerm Empire, certain recurring keyboard sounds and movements are comparable within this context, as are some of the tasteful and elegant vocal harmonies that appears here and there throughout. One might say that this aspect of this album is a commonly recurring feature rather than a red thread throughout though, as Southern Empire is about a lot more than this as well, and unlike the aforementioned possible influences the style here is actually a bit further removed from symphonic progressive rock as well.
Read the full review by Olav Martin Bjørnsen at houseofprog.com

Forest Fire
How Long

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