Empire (band)

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GenresHard rock, heavy metal
Years active2000 (2000)-present
LabelsLion, Frontiers
MembersRolf Munkes
Neil Murray
André Hilgers
Doogie White
Past membersLance King
Gerald Kloos
Tony Martin
Don Airey

Empire is a British-German metal band founded in 2000 by former Majesty guitarist, Rolf Munkes.[1][2]

Munkes was joined by bassist Neil Murray, singer Lance King and drummer Gerald Kloos. The band recorded their first album Hypnotica in 2001. In 2003, Munkes published another album, with the addition of ex-Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin on vocals and keyboardist Don Airey. The album was called Trading Souls. Airey left the band before the recording of the third Empire album, The Raven Ride (2006). With the exception of Airey and the new drummer André Hilgers, the line up of the band was identical to Trading Souls. For the 2007 album Chasing Shadows, Munkes employed a new singer, Doogie White.


Current members
  • Rolf Munkes - guitars (2000-present)
  • Neil Murray - bass (2000-present)
  • André Hilgers - drums (2006-present)
  • Doogie White - vocals (2007-present)
Former members



  • Hypnotica (2001)
  • Trading Souls (2003)
  • The Raven Ride (2006)
  • Chasing Shadows (2007)


  1. ^ Black Sabbath - Page 116 With Empire • Hypnotica (2001) • Trading Souls (2003) • The Raven Ride (2006) • Chasing Shadows (2007)
  2. ^ CAMION BLANC: BLACK SABBATH La bête venue de Birmingham Guillaume Roos " Empire : Hypnotica (2001) Company Of The Snakes : Here They Go Again (2001) "