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Art should confront and challenge convention, but Crown The Empire take it one step further. Since
bursting onto the scene in 2012, Crown The Empire have shown no signs of slowing down on their
undeniable course toward world domination. They have sold over 175,000 albums in the US over 2
releases, and have toured the world repeatedly with the likes of The Used, Of Mice & Men and Pierce
Crown The Empire are back with their new album, Retrograde, the highly anticipated follow
up to the band's previous release, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways", which debuted at #7 on the
Billboard Top 200 with over 25,000 copies sold in its first week.
"Retrograde" is Crown The Empire at their best, each song maliciously hand crafted. When you break it
down, Crown The Empire are storytellers for a new generation; nothing is a mistake. Every detail,
element, structure, chorus, and breakdown is planned, and the album flows like the plot of a theatrical
There's a reason why magazines have been putting Crown The Empire on their covers and there's a
reason the band gets off ered multiple tours each quarter: it's because fans truly believe in the band and
care about what they're doing. Their fan base is a cult-like army, who truly believe and support them. It's
what separates Crown The Empire from everyone else, and it's why Retrograde is going to keep the
band on their upward trajectory.1. Sk-68
2. Are You Coming With Me?
6. The Fear Is Real
7. Lucky Us
8. Weight Of The World
9. Signs Of Life
11. Kaleidoscope$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FeelThe LP version of "Feel" comes with a bonus CD.
Sleeping With Sirens has turned into a monster of a band. As the band prepares to release their 3rd full length album, they
are selling a combined 4,000+ albums a week of catalog, with all 3 titles (2 full lengths and 1 Ep) fast approaching 100k sales
apiece. The EP hasn't been out a full year and has sold over 84,000 units. While the band is on a steep climb up, it's been
something Sleeping With Sirens has worked towards for years, creating a large, rock solid foundation of loyal fans who are
eagerly awaiting the new album. For the past few years Sleeping With Sirens has been touring non-stop, with bands such as
Of Mice & Men, Pierce the Veil and Memphis May Fire, including a stint on the Vans Warped Tour. The band is currently
doing a full US headliner that has been 100% sold out and will be on the Main Stage of The Vans Warped Tour this summer
after doing a sold out UK and European Tour in May.
The band's 3rd album is their best material yet. Teaming up with Cameron Mizell who they've worked with
on a previous full length, and enlisting mixer Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, My Chemical Romance,
Mayday Parade) and masterer Ted Jensen (Green Day, Bon Jovi, The Offspring) to complete the
team creating the album, Sleeping With Sirens was able to deliver their best, most heartfelt album,
sonically more superior than anything they've done to date. With tracks like the radio friendly single
Alone (featuring rapper MGK) to the hard hitting anthems like Congratulations (featuring Matty
Mullins of Memphis May Fire), Feel is sure to instantly please their current fans while winning over
countless new people!1. Feel
2. Here We Go
3. Free Now
4. Alone (FEAT. MGK)
5. I'll Take You There (FEAT. Shayley Bourget)
6. The Best There Ever Was
8. Congratulations (FEAT. Matty Mullins)
9. Deja Vu
10. These Things I've Done
12. Satellites$14.99Vinyl LP With CD - Sealed Buy Now
Space EP (Awaiting Repress)White Colored Vinyl
The Devil Wears Prada are by no means a newcomer. In over 8 years as a band they have sold over 750,000 albums (5 releases have sold over 100,000 copies), and have toured the world over and over, playing to sold out crowds every night. They have been able to find repeated success and clinch their spot as a household name in the metal community by capturing the energy and essence of their live shows and transferring that onto their recordings. Each album is a positive progression forward, without abandoning the melodic hooks and technical guitar riffs that fans and critics have come to expect. The Devil Wears Prada's latest effort is the Space EP, 6 remarkable and memorable tracks that will leave you craving more. The band teamed up with producer Dan Korneff (Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens) to help craft this concept album. They may not be new to the game, but The Devil Wears Prada are on top of their game with this EP and are bringing something fresh to their fans. The band will support the release this summer, playing the main stage on this summer's Mayhem Festival alongside Slayer and King Diamon. The Space EP is a solid reminder from The Devil Wears Prada that they are here to stay.1. Planet A
4. Interlude (instrumental)
6. Asteroid$14.99Vinyl EP + CD - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways (Awaiting Repress)Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 with their debut full-length, "The Fallout", Crown The Empire have shown
no signs of slowing down on their undeniable course toward world domination. The band have sold over 60,000
copies of their groundbreaking debut album, and have been busy touring the world repeatedly, and gracing
magazine covers frequently.
Crown The Empire haven't slowed their momentum, supporting tours for Pierce the Veil, Asking Alexandria, and
The Used. After being the breakout band on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, the band was asked to return again this
year as a Main Stage act.
The band has also been on the cover of Alternative Press over three times in the past year, a feat that has never
been accomplished by a new band. They appeared first as the cover artist for Alternative Press' "Bands You Need
to Know" issue, then again for their "Stars of Warped Tour" issue, and the band is on the cover of their current
issue, to help build early support for their new release, "The Resistance: Rise of the Runaway".
Crown The Empire's new album, "The Resistance: Rise of the Runaway", has the band exceeding all preconceived
expectations. It's heavier and more melodic than everything fans and critics grew to love on "The Fallout" but it
doesn't feel contrived or forced in any way. When you break it down, Crown The Empire are storytellers for a new
generation; nothing is a mistake. Every detail, element, structure, chorus, and breakdown is planned, and the
album flows like the plot of a theatrical film. There's a reason why magazines have been putting Crown The Empire
on their covers and there's a reason the bands gets o ered multiple tours each quarter; it's because fans truly
believe in the band and care about what they're doing. Their fan base is a cult-like army, who truly believes and
supports them. It's what separates Crown The Empire from everyone else, and it's why "The Resistance: Rise of
the Runaway" is sure to be an instant classic, and a must-have album for years1. Call To Arms (Act I)
5. The Wolves Of Paris (Act II)
7. Second Thoughts
8. Maniacal Me
10. Rise Of The Runaways
12. The Phoenix Reborn$16.99Colored Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Taking One For The TeamTaking One for the Team, Simple Plan's fifth full-length and most ambitious album so far, offering hard-hitting punk-fueled tracks alongside songs that delve into everything from reggae to delicate acoustic balladry. Longtime fans can rest assured that Taking One for the Team is packed with plenty of quintessential Simple Plan tracks, including Boom, whose companion music video features cameos by members of All-Time Low, Pierce The Veil, PVRIS, MxPx, and many more Warped Tour all-stars. The album starts out full-throttle with the brutal guitar and furious drumming of Opinion Overload. It's a song about following your heart and dreams no matter what people say or think, explains Bouvier.
We're adults in our mid-thirties now, and we still have to deal with that. Sometimes you gotta remind yourself that it doesn't mean anything, that it's ok to stand up for yourself and be who you are and that's what's gonna set you apart. That same defiant spirit is present on I Refuse, where Simple Plan mine inspiration from punk/hardcore acts like Rise Against and Good Riddance, ultimately delivering the only punk anthem in recent memory to feature an elegant piano interlude. We grew up on that kind of music; it's in our DNA- we'll always need that energy and those super-fast, in-your-face songs that people love about this band, says bass player David Desrosiers of tracks like I Refuse or Nostalgic. I can already imagine us playing those songs live and seeing the crowd go crazy, singing along to every word.1. Opinion Overload
3. Kiss Me Like Nobody's Watching
4. Farewell (feat. Jordan Pundik)
5. Singing In The Rain (feat. R. City)
6. Everything Sucks
7. I Refuse
8. I Don't Wanna Go To Bed (feat. Nelly)
10. Perfectly Perfect
11. I Don't Wanna Be Sad
12. P.S. I Hate You
13. Problem Child
14. I Dream About You (feat. Juliet Simms)$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Passage (Awaiting Repress)Brooklyn, NY's Exitmusic, comprised of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino, present their debut album, Passage. The 10-song set is a collection of newly-written songs and some of their older tunes that received some new coats of paint. Here, the two tethers that make up Exitmusic's sound, one stirring atmospherics, one of grandioise and thoughtful pop, are let to bow further out than ever before. They are, however, also pulled into a tighter, sharper knot at the center. There are big, emotional dynamic shifts, and a wave-crashing momentum across the set without ever breaking a sustained feeling of tenderness. It's dream-pop for those of us whose dreams are Lawrence of Arabia-epic in scope: lulling, apocalyptic, celestial, triumphant.
Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with mixer Nicholas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter), Church and Palladino, along with the assistance of new bandmates drummer Dru Prentiss and live electronics by Nicholas Shelestak, built on the chilling, beautiful aesthetic they had created as a duo when recording at home. The result is a sound that is more powerful and more nuanced, covering broad oceans of emotional terrain. Opener and title track "Passage" is like watching a great shifting of tides through rapid time-lapse photography, introducing new dynamics in one magnificent breath. It is a statement of intent that tears down the Victorian boudoir gauze found on previous efforts. The ghosts are still piercing the veil, but now they're throwing chairs. The song begins gently, with candlelight piano plucks, distant explosions on the horizon, aching breaths and moans. But in moments, the oceans swell and lurch as it detonates into a shower of brilliant shrapnel.
Elsewhere, on album standout "The Night," Exitmusic's gaze moves upwards with chiming, blurry guitars, the heavenly sighs of Palladino in the background and one of the album's finest choruses in the foreground. And "Storms" sounds like Peng-era Stereolab as seen through a fun house carnival mirror. The album has a bona fide, fist-pumping anthem "The Modern Age" and closes elegantly with the starkly devastating "Sparks of Light. Simply put: This is arena goth.
Passage is a longtime in the making, and certainly worth the wait. Church and Palladino started writing together several years ago, when the Canadian-born Church moved to New York City, Palladino's home, following a year teaching English in Taiwan and India. Their collective sonic interests: layers, textures, churning, spacious guitars (Palladino had been playing hers since age 12), blinking electronics, shimmering vocals, created a fruitful writing partnership immediately. Their songs began to take on new dimensions when the pair moved to Los Angeles a year later, finally committing their compositions to the recording process. A few twists and turns, and a move back to New York City, later, Exitmusic found a home with Secretly Canadian who released their first EP, From Silence, in the Fall of 2011. Critical raves for the four song collection poured in globally, with everyone from New York Magazine to The Guardian heralding the band's arrival. With the new live line-up, Exitmusic will have toured with artists such as Phantogram, School of Seven Bells, The Joy Formidable and A Place To Bury Strangers.1. Passage
2. The Night
3. The City
4. White Noise
6. The Wanting
8. The Modern Age
9. The Cold
10. Sparks of Light$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Eonian (Bone & Black Swirl Vinyl) (Pre-Order)Release Date: May 4, 2018*
Eerie shadows are lurking in the dark corners of spring 2018; the spirit that denies, a force able to distort our conception of space and time. Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world's biggest black metal forge, DIMMU BORGIR, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. Now they finally mark their return with a vicious work of art that can be defined as timeless in the truest sense of the word: »Eonian«.
Conceived in the heart of the Norwegian black metal scene in 1993, DIMMU BORGIR quickly broke free from the boundaries of the genre, daring to combine a traditional raven black sound with opulent symphonic orchestration. Soon they turned into pioneers of their field, forging groundbreaking albums such as »Enthrone Darkness Triumphant« (1997), »Spiritual Black Dimensions« (1999), or »Death Cult Armageddon« (2003), invading the entire world with headline tours and eventually turning into the most influential act of their genre after nine full-length studio releases. Seven years have passed since their latest manifesto »Abrahadabra«, they are now returning to rip apart the space-time continuum with »Eonian«.
From a musical point of view, the band explores their boundaries in every direction with this new record, with the black metal parts even rougher and darker than before, and the epic, orchestral moments pushed to their ultimate limits. This time DIMMU BORGIR were aiming for a more organic sound for their devilish offerings, and reached out to Jens Bogren, who engineered the 10 new tracks inside his Fascination Street studios. The cover artwork was designed in fascinating detail by Zbigniew M. Bielak.
The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: Drummer Daray and keyboarder Gerlioz are still part of the team, and Gaute Storaas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir.
The lyrical theme of the Norwegians' tenth studio work follows a philosophical concept, dealing with the illusion of time and Luciferian codes:
"Time, when not approaching it from the construct we're used to can't be defined and thus it is illusory", explains axemaster Silenoz. "There's only an 'eternal now', which the album title is already hinting at. When we travel between the worlds seen and unseen, the perception of time ceases to exist, it has no function. Our energy is our torch and our compass when we make rifts and pierce through our the veil - when we go beyond." Silenoz refuses to grant more information than that, hence why DIMMU BORGIR's albums have always been open for interpretation and felt somewhat like a dark room in which every listener believes to see something different in front of their light seeking eyes.
"»Eonian« represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of DIMMU BORGIR and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history", adds Shagrath.
Since their debut album »For All Tid« from 1994, DIMMU BORGIR have always released their epic new works in regular intervals, but this time around, the Norwegians couldn't tame the beast of their creativity that quickly, and therefore they took the time it needed to slowly weave their collective ideas into these nine new tracks:
"Some of the songs on this album were written in 2012. All of us have our own pre-production studios and just write separately, without too much communication at first. Over a time period of one or two years we collect our ideas and then get together and try to get the best out of the material", says Shagrath. "Sometimes this can be quite challenging, because we have different tastes and opinions - but that makes it also more interesting for the listener, since we want to create music that makes you feel as if you don't know what's behind the next corner."
Silenoz agrees: "The main challenge is to hold back the beast. You're so into what you're doing that sometimes it's easy to forget that you have to approach the beast without waking it up right away, because you know you won't be able to control it. It's actually pointless to trick yourself to believe you can ever control art... It's like going into a lion's den with a rope tied around your waist in case you need to be pulled out real quick. Being our own producers also mean we have to step out of our own egos and look at our material from an 'outside' perspective. This is another challenging part of the songwriting process because you put so much of yourself into it - and then to start shaving off things, trim things down instead of adding - is a tough process. Letting go can sometimes be really hard but when we step out of ourselves and look into the mouth of the beast, only then we're able to distinguish what to feed it next."
Thus, both classic black metal invasions such as 'Lightbringer', but also highly symphonic charged anthems like 'Interdimensional Summit' gather on »Eonian«, with one of the band's personal favourites being the experimental, folkloristic 'Council of Wolves And Snakes'. Risking a look far beyond the horizon, this song proves that the band follows 'no formula, no absolute', as Silenoz vows, and shows that the path sometimes guides them to places they would have never expected to end up when they started their journey.
On the previous album, »Abrahadabra«, the Norwegians irritated some militant black metal elitists by appearing in opulent white / gray costumes. And although they chose a different appearance for »Eonian«, DIMMU BORGIR always keep new surprises in store:
"We're definitely a band that does not follow any set of 'rules', if any; we're out to break them - for sure. Not that it's a goal per se, it's just who we are. We knew the white/grey look would raise a few eyebrows but whatever we do, or not do, we'll end up raising eyebrows", Silenoz states and Shagrath adds: "The album feels like a rebirth, but also like a logical continuation. Our music comes naturally. We're not sitting down in a circle, thinking about what we could do next - it has to come with a flow and with whatever is in your mind at that time, it needs to be spontaneous and is exactly what we could do at that time. Each one of our releases was linked to a certain time period of our life."
After having released the live DVD »Forces Of The Northern Night« in spring 2017 which provided a monumental overview of the shows that DIMMU BORGIR had performed with a big orchestra and choir, the time is over in which fans needed to watch the band members on screen - hence now they are ready to storm the stages of the world again. The first headline slots at Europe's major festivals, such as Wacken and Hellfest, have already been confirmed, and further live plans are currently being forged for the second half of this year. The Lightbringers are back - and they've come to split apart the heavens:
"We obviously rely on our fans, if a band says they don't care - they're lying. We're definitely ready to work hard to convince the 'doubters', the 'dwellers ready to strike', that what we have to offer is still very much valid. A new generation of fans and listeners who come from a different 'time' than we do are out there now, not shy to let artists hear it! And we're not shy to let them hear what we've been up to!"
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. The Unveiling
2. Interdimensional Summit
4. Council of Wolves and Snakes
5. The Empyrean Phoenix
7. I Am Sovereign
8. Archaic Correspondence
9. Alpha Aeon Omega
10. Rite of Passage$34.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now