EMPIRES OF EDEN’s sound is based on huge hooks, glorious riffs and blistering solos. Each of the 13 tracks (including two bonus tracks) were carefully crafted by Marshall to suit the specific singer involved that best complements their range and style. He seems to follow a formula (almost exactly in some cases) of the particular singer’s current or former band’s sound, giving the impression that this could ultimately be one big tribute album.
Rob Rock’s soulful vocals propels CD opener 'Cry Out'. It’s a blistering number that sounds like a cross between JUDAS PRIEST and RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE. “Hammer Down” gives Udo Dirkschneider a chance to churn out his trademark snarling vocals to familiar-sounding riffs. If Marshall was aiming for an ACCEPT-like clone of a song, then he successfully achieved it. On the title track, CAGE’s Sean Peck does what he does best, belting out shrieking falsettos overtop crushing PRIEST-like riffs. Carlos Zema of OUTWORLD puts in a good performance on the Sci-Fi thriller “Cyborg.” One of the bonus tracks, the aforementioned “Hammer Down” gets the All-star treatment when Udo, Rob Rock, Sean Peck, Carlos Zema, Vo Simpson, Ronny Munroe participate.
The cast of vocalists combined with Marshall’s shred ability assures that Channelling the Infinite is an electrifying listening experience.