Did you ever wake up one glorious morning thinking that Star Wars and heavy metal could actually make sweet music together? Well, they do, thanks to the amazing talent of Star Wars-themed heavy metal band Galactic Empire.
Galactic Empire released their first music video a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit movie theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. The whole thing went viral, garnering 1 million views that same evening, and several million more by the end of the week.
The band -- made up of Dark Vader (lead guitar), Boba Sett (drums), Bass Commander (bass), Kyle Ren (guitar), and Red Guard (guitar) -- proved so popular that in 2016, E! contacted them to play the red carpet at the 88th Academy Awards, which turned out to be one of their more memorable experiences. Perhaps because it was technically their first show. Ever.
Galactic Empire released their first album in February 2017, and they are finally back with an eagerly anticipated sequel titled Episode II, coming out tomorrow (May the Fourth be with you) via Rise Records. Check out one of their awesome tracks, “Scherzo for X-wings”:
SYFY WIRE recently caught up with the guys from Galactic Empire (who will be going on a European tour later this summer after playing at the Baltimore Soundstage tomorrow night). They shared with us their fascinating story, including how it all came about, how they got the idea to shoot a music video in costume, and how, at first, they had no intention of making this a working band. They also gave us a preview of what kind of songs to expect for the upcoming album.
“We try to stick to the John Williams scores,” they told us. “So anything like Rogue One — and obviously Solo [A Star Wars Story] wasn’t out when we were recording the records, so there wouldn’t be anything from that — but we try to stick to the official movies, the actual parts of whatever trilogy is happening.”
Check out our exclusive interview with Galactic Empire, featuring some of their forceful performances, and let us know if you plan on picking up your very own copy of Episode II today.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.