Hailing from the land down under, rock-folk artist William Crighton is heading for UK shores for the release of his second album Empire – an offering of passionate riffs and brooding vocals which could have been lifted straight from the rulebook of Johnny Cash.

'Fire in the Empire' blazes the trail for the album with it's heavy, hazy atmosphere. Each chord played is done with such deliberate distinctiveness that the listener feels drawn in and isolated within the track. Crighton makes sure however that the hazy atmosphere doesn’t make you too drowsy however as heavy riffs and a sudden projection of vocals jolt you out of your comfort zone. Crighton's brother Luke provides us with the pulse of the album via adrenaline fuelled basslines – which is especially apparent in Devil's Tongue. Although the devil is a central theme within the genre of Country and Western music, the sporadic chopping and changing of pace of the track, coupled with chanting vocals of the bridge puts an extra tingle down the spine. '999' and 'Rejoice' see Crighton take on the role of a possessed preacher via his dramatically deep vocals and heavy riffs.

Although Crighton delivers the darkness of rock n' roll within his unique blend of folk and country, a tenderness is contained within Empire. 'Morning Song' and 'Julieanne' (named after his wife who also provides backing vocals for the album) both convey vulnerabilities. “you threatened to kill me, rather understandably” Crighton tells his wife before – rather confusingly – the sound of helicopter and aircraft engines see us out on the track.

Empire's closing tracks, 'Someone' and 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda', end the album on a reflective note. The marching percussion of the penultimate track takes us solemnly towards war as its accompanied by soaring, melancholic vocals before easing us into the final song. 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda' is a first person narrative of an Australian soldier tackling the horror and aftermath of the Great War. A sombre, poignant ending to an album which is pieced together with all the ranges of passion contained within human emotions.