Galactic Empire Make The Star Wars Soundtrack Heavy

I’ve always loved film soundtracks. In action genres especially, a killer soundtrack can make a film that much more epic. What is Terminator 2 without that tribal beat and haunting melody? Or, if you like horror, Carpenter’s synth-laden creepiness from Halloween? Not only do soundtracks complete the cinematic qualities of our favorite films, but some of these songs can be downright catchy. Galactic Empire is a band that knows this well, and they’ve taken a collection of John Williams’ greatest hits from the Star Wars franchise and made them freakin’ HEAVY!

Full disclosure: I’ve never been the world’s biggest Star Wars fan. Sorry. I love science fiction, but space operas have never been my thing in the first place. That said, there’s no denying the greatness of the original Star Wars trilogy, plus the fact that at least one of the prequels spawned a killer video game. However, you don’t need to love Star Wars to find it fun. There are few cinematic experiences more enjoyable than watching Luke and the Rebels attack the Death Star and you know it. This is why listening to Galactic Empire is awesome, regardless of how deep or shallow your Star Wars fandom runs.

John Williams’ score for the Star Wars franchise is incredible, but, as a natural cynic, I laughed when I saw that Galactic Empire was a band that did heavy metal renditions of Williams’ classic songs. Seeing the thumbnail of their music videos, I feared it was going to be a gimmick. Damn, I was wrong. Galactic Empire is no gimmick, and it should be obvious from the technicality involved in their renditions. Watching the three guitars harmonize Williams’ iconic melody lines makes it clear the band is an homage and not a parody, although the videos are fun and quirky in the best way possible. I’m also a huge fan of their costumes and rejoiced to learn, by browsing through the band’s Facebook page, that they weren’t just for the video; they perform in them also (although, surely the guitarists don’t wear gloves?!).

For the music itself, I guess I was a bit surprised at how well the songs translate to a heavy metal context. Galactic Empire’s production is extremely clean, similar to what you might find on a tech-death or progressive album where the guitarist has a serious case of the weedlies and deedlies. The drums are a bit buried in the mix, but it’s not a real problem since the guitar work, and its emulation of Williams’ orchestral strings, is the real focus. It’s clear that with a muddy production, you wouldn’t be able to hear the technical guitar harmonies and rhythmic chords. The rhythm work is especially successful at recreating the larger string section, and plays a large role in making the album feel actually orchestral. It’s not just some dudes playing Star Wars melodies with their amps cranked to eleven. The band’s arrangements are well thought out and executed with precision.

Galactic Empire’s self-titled album, created after the band raised a healthy amount of funds from a Kickstarter, is a collection of some of the best tracks from the whole Star Wars franchise, rather than a recreation of the full score of any specific film. This is especially awesome, since it allows us to hear the best from each film, although many of the best tracks come from A New Hope. You can shit on The Phantom Menace all you want, but “Duel of the Fates” is STILL an incredible song, so HA! Also, this whole album is really worth it just to hear the funky “Cantina Band,” which I’m embedding below because I don’t trust you plebs to click a link. Seriously, it has my booty shakin’ more than the original.

Follow Galactic Empire on Facebook and get their self-titled album (out now via Rise Records) wherever it is you buy/stream/download your music. You won’t regret it, even if, like me, you think Star Trek is the better franchise. Also, Han shot first. YEP!


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Published on: February 9, 2017

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  • Rain Poncho W.

    I mean, this is all well and good, but why bother when this exists?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeeKdHMgjEk

    • Crocodylus★Pontifex
    • Eliza

      This almost justifies the existence of Jar Jar.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I feel violated.

      • Rain Poncho W.

        Good ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          That’s not good. Jar Jar is an abomination.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            Jar Jar is enlightenment.

          • Eliza

            Jar Jar is the key.

          • Rain Poncho W.

            And the gate itself.

          • Guacamole Jim

            In this moment, he should be euphoric. Not because of any phony god’s blessing. But because, he is enlightened by Gungan core.

            http://image.blingee.com/images19/content/output/000/000/000/7cb/785975354_656113.gif?4

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            On this holy day, which shall be rembered for aeons to come, we pray in remembrance of our lord. It was on this day years ago that he gave us the holy bread. Lord proclaimed “Mesa make you bread. Mesa wee wee on bread, yousa eat bread, yum yum.” We weren’t eating ordinary bread, we were blessed with a taste of his divine essence!

  • Speaking of soundtracks, I fucking loved this one when it came out. Obviously not a film score, just a bunch of random tunes, but holy fuck. The two AiC tracks can hang with anything on Dirt, and I can’t for the life of me understand why “Poison My Eyes” by Anthrax never made it on Sound of White Noise. “Big Gun” by AC/DC, “Angry Again” by Megadeth, a fucking sappy Def Leppard ballad, Cypress Hill, what a fucking soundtrack!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b853740a2ed5d5cae7bb55043140aed80ab3ced34befda9d303cda50e65e4d9.jpg

    • tigeraid

      dude! This is way better than the movie.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Should be called Star Kriege

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    This would make a cool doom metal jam

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfHrryY5UL0

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Duel of the Fates is one of the best songs in the saga.

    Oh, and Star Trek>>>>>>>>>

  • atchdav

    I listened to this album last night. They’ve done a good job.

  • Eliza

    As a SW fan, this is a treat.

  • Rain Poncho W.

    Bruh, who was your go-to in Episode 1 Racer. I bet you cheated with Sebulba, didn’t you?

    • RustyShackleford

      Sebulba was obviously legendary BUT not well rounded. Mars Guo was my go-to. Stats don’t lie bruh.

      • Rain Poncho W.

        Mars >>>>>>

  • Joaquin Stick

    I had a metal version of the main theme that I got from Limewire like 8 years ago. That version was good, but this is much better.

    • RustyShackleford

      You just made me nostalgic for Limewire, which I shouldn’t be…

  • Butts4Gutts

    NERD BULLSHIT

    PREPARE THE LOCKERS

  • KyleJMcBride

    Still love the original trilogy, especially the 1st movie, but Trek is better.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      My man.

    • Sir Ukkometso The Based

      Trek Wars is the best!

      • KyleJMcBride

        I love Doctor Spock!

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        SUOMENNIEMELLÄ, SUOMEN KIELELLÄ
        ÄIJÄT HUUTA LAILLA PERKELEEN.

    • Goddamn fucking right Trek is better! 🙂

    • Eliza

      In what way is Star Trek better that Star Wars. I’m not butthurt, I’m just curious.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Benjamin Sisko.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Star Wars is, for the most part, lightweight “popcorn movie” fun with great FX. You can pretty much check your brain at the door when you watch a Star Wars movie, big dumb fun.
        Trek has much more depth in terms of characters, mythology, the issues they choose to write about, not to mention the sheer amount of it. There’s just so much of it.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Boom!

        • Sir Ukkometso The Based

          But both are shite

          • KyleJMcBride

            What the heck are you now? Is that some kind of rooster thing?

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            UKKOMETSO JUMAKAUTA

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            YOU DEFINITE MAKE UP ANIMAL FOR AVATAR NOW!!!

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based
          • Eliza

            How majestic.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            It is
            OI MAAMME SUOMI SYNNYINMAA
            SOI SANA KULTAINEN
            EI LAAKSOA EI KUKKULAA
            EI VETTÄ RANTAA RAKKAAMPAA
            KUIN KOTIMAA TÄÄ POHJOINEN
            MAA KALLIS ISIEN

          • Eliza

            Google translate wasn’t really helpful in this situation, dar nu deranjează.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            First lines of our national anthem, it is.

          • Eliza

            Cool.

          • Óðinn

            Does Google Translate know Klingon yet?

            https://youtu.be/ZMa_SUDhn7E

        • RustyShackleford

          Yeah. That’s where I stand. Star Trek TOS is obviously campy because it’s dated and feels kinda over the top, but I still always find it fascinating. Star Wars is just action sci-fi film, but it’s still INCREDIBLY fun.

        • Eliza

          I see. The huge amount of episodes and tie-in movies makes it hard to get into. I have seen one Star Trek movie, I don’t know which one it was, but I remember that they were stuck with the spaceship in a giant space creature. It was neat.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            SOUND LIKE FIRST ONE!!!!!! THAT ONE OK BUT KINDA BORING PARTS!!!!!!

          • Eliza

            I liked the ending.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            SECOND MOVIE MOST GOODEREREST!!!!!!!!!
            KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!!!!!!
            https://m.popkey.co/4527dc/bXpMq.gif

          • Eliza

            The thing with watching these movies is that without knowing the basics from the show, you have no idea what is going on and why, so even if the movie is enjoyable on its own, you still have a feeling of missing the bigger picture.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I would recommend seeing the original series.

          • Óðinn
        • Óðinn

          Yeah. I see Star Wars as a more populist franchise.

      • Count_Breznak

        Because Star Trek has https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAUIHBAxbXY but I guess it won’t do anything for a non natural german speaker..the translations are crap.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        In no way. I’m butthurt

    • Black Smallbeard

      you know im on board with this statement

  • EsusMoose

    Nerds

    • Rain Poncho W.

      #fresh

      • EsusMoose

        If there’s something I’m good at it’s making the wheel.

  • Primordial Chaos
  • Waynecro

    Excellent write-up, dudebro. But surely this all-time classic of infinite superiority is everyone’s favorite Star Wars game.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f667f9eacdd26f6eeda693b45bad4eb0f1a37e3948f3f1b5b56edcfa5eca3f0.jpg

  • The Mighty Thorange

    These guys are awesome. They are currently doing a U.K tour and a friend of mine is playing in their support band. Just a shame their Glasgow show is sold out.