EMPIRE Featuring Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN: New Album Preview Available

January 16, 2006

EMPIRE, the brainchild of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (MAJESTY, EMPIRE, RAZORBACK, ex-VANIZE),have set "Raven Ride" as the title of their third album, due in May via AOR Heaven Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Trading Souls" (Lion Music) will feature guest appearances by singer Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH),drummer Andre Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE, RAZORBACK) and bassist Neil Murray (WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH, M3). Martin and Murray had both appeared on "Trading Souls", which featured additional contributions from DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey and current HAMMERFALL/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Anders Johansson. A 90-second audio sample of the "Raven Ride" title track is available at this location.

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