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Southern Empire - Southern Empire

7.7 | 10 votes |
Release date: 18 February 2016
Style: Progressive rock


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Disc I [CD]
01. Show Me The Way
02. Forest Fire
03. Hold
04. How Long
05. The Bridge That Binds
    1 - Don't Look Down
    2 - The Bridge That Binds
    3 - Before You Know It
    4 - Turbulence
    5 - Show Me A Sign
    6 - Undercurrents
    7 - Let The River Run Red
    8 - It All Depends
    9 - The End Of My Days
06. Dreams & Machines

Disc II [DVD video]
01. Forest Fire
02. Hold
03. How Long
04. The Bridge That Binds

Danny Lopresto - vocals
Sean Timms - keyboards, saxophone, guitars, backing vocals
Cam Blokland - guitars, backing vocals
Brody Green - drums, backing vocals
Jez Martin - bass, backing vocals

Session musicians
Steve Unruh - violin, flute
Adam Page - saxophone, flute
Oliver Timms - cowbell
Tim Irrgang - congas, darbukka, tambourine, african drums

If prog along the lines of Unitopia, Neal Morse or Transatlantic is your thing, don't miss out on the début album of Australia's Southern Empire, formed by the former Unitopia's keyboardist Sean Timms. Not only do they know how to write good prog tunes, they also have a handle on producing epics: clocking in at almost half an hour, "The Bridge that Binds" is brilliant and worth every moment of your time. Danny Lopresto on vocals is also top-notch. This album is definitely one of my favourites this year.

Try "Forest Fire" or "Hold" and hear for yourself.

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30.09.2016 - 02:22
Rating: 9

Very cool stuff here. A nice amalgamation of Stephen Wilson, Dream Theater, Flying Colors, and Neal Morse vibes, perhaps a bit of Pink Floyd and Fates Warning sprinkled here and there. Thank you Ivor for yet another top-notch recommendation!!
02.10.2016 - 23:32
Awesome recommendation!
03.10.2016 - 12:11
Rating: 9
So good. To do this on a debut album is quite something. And yes, it sounds like so many prog bands eheh
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

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