DENVER, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Heavy metal band Galactic Empire rocked Star Wars fans with a new cover of the film's iconic theme song.
Influenced by the Dark Side of the Force, the band named after series protagonist Emperor Palpatine's evil dictatorial government, performed their guitar version of the song in a now viral music video on YouTube.
Donning costumes from the original trilogy, Galactic Empire is seen consisting of Boba Fett (Grant McFarland) on drums, a Stormtrooper (Carson Slovak) on bass, Darth Vader (Chris Kelly) on lead guitar, a Shadow Trooper (CJ Masciantonio) on guitar, and an Imperial Royal Guard (Josh Willis) on guitar.
"These instruments are crude but should be adequate to shred some faces as we journey across the galaxy," Kelly tells Revolver. "We have been doubling our efforts to complete our debut full-length album in time for the Emperor's arrival. If you are not part of the Rebel Alliance or a traitor, buy our single on iTunes and prepare to succumb to the Dark Side upon our album's release."
Speaking about the video's success, McFarland mentioned to Lancaster Online, "For all the effort we put into it, we were definitely crossing our fingers for a great response, but we weren't expecting the amount of viral success that it's had."
The band plans on releasing an already recorded Star Wars infused 11-track album that spans the first six films on May the Fourth, also known as "Star Wars Day."
On Sunday, the latest film in the franchise, The Force Awakens was the No.1 movie in North America for a second weekend after earning an additional $153.5 million on its way to becoming the fastest film to reach $1 billion globally.