Introducing… Empress

Our Introducing... series focuses on artists who we think are worth shouting about. Here we have Empress, a technical/math/progressive metal foursome from LDN.

Posted on May 13th, 2013 in Features and Interviews, Empress / By Benton Schecter
Introducing… Empress Bio
Name: Empress
Location: Reading, UK
Genre: Technical Metal/Prog. Rock
Similar Artists: Tool, Feed The Rhino, Slipknot, System Of A Down
Contact: Facebook, Twitter

An irrevocably rising behemoth of metal, yet still fresh enough to just be cutting their teeth, Empress are a fusion of mathy/technical metal and soft-around-the-edges progressive rock.

“We always take on influences from new stuff we check out, so our sound will always grow and develop because of that.” They aren't wrong; the music goes from bitingly hard, and suitably epic metal which is as raw as it is defined, straight into soft and calming acoustic interludes in the flick of an eyelid, many times over.

Having just capped off an incredible tour with Cancer Bats earlier this month, Empress show no signs of calming down: “Every show went really well and we got to hang out with awesome bands every night. Finishing the album was pretty monumental, too; we can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Empress have already had quite a year – as well as the tour with Cancer Bats, the guys have just embarked on an epic tour with the mighty Bring Me The Horizon and Crossfaith, and as if that wasn’t enough, the boys are bringing their frenetic, spasmodic cocktail of math and metal to this year's Download Festival, which they feel will be for “anyone looking for the perfect warm-up to Mastodon and QOTSA”. All this, and the release of a new single, 'Deeper in Disguise'.

The band issued a cover of Pink Floyd's 'Breathe' on 2012’s EP, Perplexed Again; an unusual choice for a band with more energy than Slipknot on speed – the song is famously airy, light and euphoric: “We absolutely love Pink Floyd, and Dark Side is one of the most influential albums on our own sound as well so many other people's. We were aiming for a more 'stoner' sound. We tuned the guitars down and made them really fuzzy – and used an octaver for the heavy parts. It came out great! The song is so powerful that even after changing the vibe it resonates through. Just unfortunate we can't take credit for it!”

Empress are on tour right now with Bring Me The Horizon and Crossfaith, and the video for their new single, 'Deeper in Disguise', has just been released. You can catch it below.