It’s a little unusual for a rock and roll band to have a band mantra but the “Love, Respect, Support” of hardrockers Eye Empire have earned them a loyal fan base and respect amongst their peers. Their latest release, “Impact,” will only increase that following with solid songs, blistering guitars, and distinct vocals. The two disc set features songs from their out of print debut album, “Moment of Impact,” terrific new material, and a selection of acoustic and live tracks.
Frontman Donald Carpenter leads the band through the rocking anthems “I Pray” and “Idiot” with the help of insane solos by guitarist B.C. Kochmit and the solid foundation of bassist Corey Lowery and drummer Ryan Bennett. The record has a real Sevendust kind of feel to it which you can hear on tracks like “Bull In A China Shop” and “Victim” which features a guest vocal by none other than Sevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon. Eye Empire can definitely hit things hard but they also show a softer, more melodic side on “Moment” and “Hopeless.” A not to be missed track is the combination punk and thrash of “Revolution” which showcases the best of Eye Empire with a killer riff, fantastic back-beat, and impressive vocals.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Eye Empire, give them a listen. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the future. In fact, with the current single “More Than Fate” heating up the hard rock charts, the “Impact” has already been made.