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'Channelling The Infinite'
Release Date: 1st June 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

Empires Of Eden Channelling The Infinite

What a bloody great cover.

Empires of Eden is basically one man, an Australian shredding maestro called Stu Marshall. He pretty much orchestrated and conceived the entire 'Channelling The Infinite' project. Marshall must have a hell of a contact list because here he leads an all-star cast of players and writers who have proven to be some of the most exciting performers in modern Metal.

Contributors include Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.), Rob Rock (Impellitteri, Driver), Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart), Mike Dimeo (Masterplan/Riot), Sean Peck (Cage), Carlos Zema (Outworld, Vougan), Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever), Danny Cecati (Eyefear, Pegazus), Louie Gorgievski (Crimsonfire) and Vo Simpson (Darker Half). That's a pretty heady gathering of Metal's alumni.

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There are at least eleven vocalists and apparently each track has been "carefully crafted specifically to suit the singer involved" but unfortunately he must have been thinking of someone other than Sean Peck when he wrote the title track because it doesn't sound right at all, with Peck really straining up in the top octaves despite his apparent freedom to work with the song.

In fact to be truthful, with its comical spoken word intro the track is bloody awful; the album's low point.

Elsewhere things don't seem nowhere near as bad with the best track being the bonus 'Hammer Down All Star Mix' with several of the above shouters getting involved. It must be said that throughout the album all the vocalists are in no mood to take prisoners and if they do happen to find themselves in a quiet moment of reflection, they scramble like hell to get back into belter mode as fast as possible.

'Channelling The Infinite' is Australian speed Metal done, unusually, in the European style. It's relentless and crushing. Think Priest, Accept and Helloween; real balls to the wall, full tilt high velocity stuff.

Some have suggested it is melodic but it's far too Metal to be melodic but could have done with just a smidge to give it a bit of light and shade.

Though not the best speed Metal album that is likely to drop in your lap, for the Metal fan who likes to be pummelled until nearly dead, 'Channelling The Infinite' will prove just the thing.

Without the killer songs though, for the rest of us it will just prove another exercise in exceptional musicianship executing good but unexceptional Metal ditties.

Great cover though.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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