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On disc: Riotgod

Invisible Empire - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Invisible Empire

Invisible Empire
(Metalville - 2011)

Some might know Riotgod from their self-titled debut album, others will know their rhythm section, coz it's drummer Bob Pantella and bassist Jim Baglino of Monster Magnet. They teamed up with guitarist Garret Sweeney and singer Mark Sunshine.

The rock outfit Riotgod kicks off with Breed, a heavy, riff-based tune which shows immediately what Riotgod is about - some songs could be categorized as 70's rock like Slow Death. Fool partly sounds familiar, but I can't fathom it... It's mainly mark Sunshine's vocals... While some bands in this genre don't offer a lot tempi or mood changes, Riotgod show some variations, in this case a grungy edge at Fool. At Slow Death they add a Led Zep vibe and even the vocals sound Plant-esque. With Gas Station Roses they present a tune with acoustic guitars, same vibe as Tesla have at Five Men Acoustical Jam... With Tomorrow's Today they rock again. Great guitar lead, btw. But again I have this familiar feeling... Later is definitely has a Led Zep edge. Well, to be honest, the first half is much stronger then the 2nd, even if the closer Rebirth is a strong one. For me the low point of Invisible Empire is Hollow Mirror, luckily the acoustic guitar-based Rebirth is the closer and so leaves you with a positive feeling. If Riotgod can keep their next effort on the level of the first half of Invisible Empire, then it will be killer!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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