Berto : Star Wars is a franchise that has reached unprecedented heights and has also managed to gather an unprecedented number of fans and enthusiasts. I am not a true fan myself, but I can certainly watch the films with some pleasure. The whole cult around the films has also reached an unprecedented size and a small part of that whole cult is the band Galactic Empire. This band plays, dressed as a number of "bad guys" from the films (for the connoisseurs: Boba Fett is behind the drum kit) a metal version of the film music. On their first album the focus was on the first few films, but on their second album 'Episode II' they shifted their attention to the later ones.
As I said, I am not a real fan and cannot always trace the songs back to the original score of the films, but what I do know is that the band consists of full-fledged musicians who produce a fair game of progressive metal. It is a varied journey, this 'Episode II'. Light and melodic, like in 'Love Pledge And The Arena' or 'Into The Trap', but sometimes dark and heavy as in 'Kylo Ren Arrives At The Battle'. Even if you are not at all familiar with the music of the films, then this album is still mandatory for fans of for example the instrumental albums of Tony MacAlpine or instrumental metal in general full of melody and technical ingenuity. Perhaps the biggest feat is 'The Departure Of Boba Fett', a song that is longer than most songs and fluently takes you through the Star Wars universe, with its highs and lows. In this song you also hear many familiar themes that even a layman will recognize. Mandatory listen for Star Wars adepts, but also for music lovers in general.