"Black Empire" (Escapi; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann


One year ago I had never heard of the band Force Of Evil. Today, with the release of their latest CD, I find them to be one of the truly excellent and exciting new metal bands on the scene today. 

With "Black Empire," Force Of Evil proves once again they really know how to rock hard. "Black Empire" pays homage to some of our greatest fears from the movies and books. After just a few spins, I have discovered references to Stephen King (in "Disciples Of The King,") the Friday The 13th movie series (in "Vorhees' Revenge), the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with "Death In Texas") and the Candyman movies (with "Cabrini Green"). 

That's just a glimpse at what this CD is all about and, man, am I having some fun finding more of the same. This is frankly one of the best written, best produced and best performed releases I have experienced this year and I can say with good confidence that this release will find itself on ten best list for 2005.

Force of Evil: Michael Denner and Hank Shermann share lead guitar; Hal Patino - bass; Bjare T. Holm - drums; Martin Steen - vocals.

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"Force of Evil" (Diamond Records; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann


As I write this, so far I have only listened to a few cuts of Force of Evil's self-titled CD. Featuring members of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond (but, thankfully, not King Diamond himself), Force of Evil is a musical event  - the very best metal I have heard in quite some time. I got to split and pay closer attention to the rest! 


I have finally listened to the entire recording and all I can say is (breathlessly): "Wow!" Force Of Evil is jam packed full of outstanding, talented, veteran musicianship, exceptional songwriting and superior production value. This music simply jumps out from the CD player and directly into my cranium. The only recent CDs that come close to the sheer metal splendor of Force of Evil are "Hammered" by Motorhead and "The Eyes Of Alice Cooper." 

I shit you not, this release is just that good. These are veteran rockers doing what they do best: delivering killer fucking music (without the banshee screaming, King Diamond bullshit). I am so excited about this band; they are the best all-around metal outfit out there.

Force of Evil: Michael Denner and Hank Shermann provide the killer dual guitar combination that reminds me clearly of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest. Hal Patino is on bass, Bjare T. Holm on drums and Martin Steen the vocalist who, in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above King Diamond.

Check out for more information, including some really cool downloads. I bet after hearing just a few songs, you will be as hooked as I was. 

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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