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Album Review

This self-titled debut was originally released independently in 1990 by the Dallas band Course of Empire on the regional Carpe Diem label before being picked up and remastered by Zoo Records for a 1992 release. Considering the group's history with film, it isn't surprising that Course of Empire is a challenging and often cinematic recording, bravely attempting to transcend many of the more standard rock elements and instrumentation that it is built upon. The sprawling "Thrust" is one standout with its considerable sonic invention, and "Sins of the Fathers" delivers on a more traditional, song-oriented level. While the group's follow-up, Initiation, and other later releases further refined Course of Empire's almost industrial rock with tighter production and more unified lyrical themes (generally political and conspiratorial in nature), the relative rawness and personality of this debut is certainly worth checking out, especially for fans of the group's later work.

Customer Reviews

Their Best Album!!

Hands down, if you like rock and want to hear a twist in style here you go!!! Underground local fav here in DFW. Students from UNT formed the band while I was in school there


Formed: 1988

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The Dallas, TX, band Course of Empire -- guitarist Mike Graff, vocalist Vaughn Stevenson, drummers Chad Lovell and Michael Jerome, and bassist Paul Semrad -- offers heavy metal with a thoughtful, politically aware message. The group recorded a pair of albums for the Zoo Entertainment label (their self-titled debut and the sophomore Initiation), but was left without a label when Zoo went under. COE was able to spread their message-filled music by opening for the likes of Prong and Sister Machine Gun....
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