Review: Empire Of Fools – Devil Inside EP

Empire of Fools are a three-piece Hard Rock outfit from the South West of England that are slowly, and not so quietly, building up a head of steam, thanks to some impressive reviews for their recent single ‘Devil Inside’ from both Classic Rock, and Fireworks magazines. So, rather than let the momentum fizzle out, the guys are releasing a six track mini-album, to capitalize on the excellent word-of-mouth generated awareness that has come their way.

The album takes its name from the aforementioned ‘Devil Inside’ single, which is the third of six tracks featured. It’s great to hear a young band with so much confidence in their own ability, that they can go that extra mile, and give you more bang for your buck.

The album opens with the anthemic ‘Down to Earth’, which features a Mustaine-esque sneer from vocalist/bassist Mark Pascall, before the drums and guitars come crashing in. This is a very catchy song, with a cracking chorus, and some lovely riffage from Steve Cobbin. This leads into the current single/video, ‘Higher’. Drummer, Dean Stevens keeps a nice steady beat here for the others to build upon. Again, another catchy song, where the vocals from Pascall really shine through. Title track, and recent single ‘Devil Inside’ is up next, and it’s a wee cracker! It kicks off with a swampy, bluesy intro from Cobbin, before the drums batter their way in. Very groovy, and has a nice earthy feel to it, reminiscent of Black Stone Cherry on their ‘Folklore and Superstition’ album?

‘Dirty Mind’ is my favourite of the 6 tracks here, simple but so, so effective. The kind of track that you could catch in the good old days, when MTV actually played music videos! American Rock Radio would lap this one up, mostly down to the incredible hooks in it. The album is rounded off by ‘Hope’ and ‘Unstoppable’. Both are lighter than the preceding tracks, showing that Empire of Fools can change pace without losing any of their power. ‘Unstoppable’ makes for a cracking end to a highly impressive debut mini album.

‘Devil Inside’ will be released on September 22nd, and is available now to pre-order on iTunes now.

Empire of Fools play a classic, yet modern brand of Hard Rock, that fits in as much with bands like Black Stone Cherry as it does with veteran acts like Whitesnake, Thunder, Bon Jovi, etc. Intrigued? Check the guys out here:

Review: David Stott


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