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Latest Empress News

Below is our complete Empress news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Empress Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Reminiscence, the debut EP from Vancouver, B.C. Stoner/sludge trio Empress is now streaming on Soundcloud. The EP officially drops next week, but can now be heard in its entirety below.

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Empress Premiere New Song "Baptizer"

Vancouver, B.C.'s stoner/sludge trio Empress premiere their new song "Baptizer," off the band's upcoming debut EP Reminiscence. Check it out now below.

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Empress To Join Bring Me The Horizon On Tour

It’s been a busy few months for Empress - not only has the band recently finished recording an as-yet-unnamed album, the group has also just finished touring with Cancer Bats.

Now Empress is delighted to announce joining Crossfaith on Bring Me The Horizon’s U.K. tour starting in Manchester on the 29th of April. Empress has also been confirmed to play Download Festival, Hit The Deck, and Redfest with more festival announcements expected in the coming weeks too.

The first offering from the band’s forthcoming album will be unveiled in the coming weeks… stay tuned!

4/29 - MANCHESTER Academy II
4/30 - NEWCASTLE University
5/01 - INVERNESS Ironworks
5/04 - PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre
5/05 - CARDIFF Solus
5/06 - WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun
5/07 - LONDON Koko

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Killing Joke Added To Hammerfest 4

Hammerfest 2013 has just announced that along with St. Vitus, the festival line-up has just added legendary band Killing Joke. Angel Witch and a veritable who's who of metal will also be appearing at the Hammerfest 4 festival, which will take place on March 14th-16th at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Below is the current full line-up of bands appearing, with more information available over at the Hammerfest 4 website.

Killing Joke
Saint Vitus
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Iron Saviour
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Commander In Chief
Sacred Mother Tongue
Serpent Venom
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Black Acid Souls
Deadman Sugar
Fire in the Empire
Goddamn Electric

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More Bands Announced For Hammerfest 5

The organizers of the Hammerfest 5 festival have issued the following announcement about confirming bands for the upcoming 2013 edition:

"Hammerfest 5 (In Fear of the Dragon) are proud to announce that the Kings of Swedish Doom Metal Candlemass will grace the event now in its new location at Haven in Phwelli in North Wales. For those of you that need a reminder of Doom at its most glorious click here for Candlemass"s classic video for Bewitched.

"Hammerfest are also extremely happy to welcome back Birminghams finest grindcore/extreme metal band, the legends that are Napalm Death. Anyone that witnessed their set the last time they played would understand, why we had to have them back.

"Lining up alongside the above are none other than Norway's Enslaved fronted by Bjørnson and Kjellson who add their fine blend of progressive Black Metal to the proceedings. To watch the brilliant video to Path to Vanir click here.

"Empress will be making their Hammerfest debut, bringing their impressive blend of prog-metal, plus we have Trad Metallers and firm Hammer favorites StukaSquadron, Manchesters trad black Metallers Winterfylleth, and Welsh Metallers Triaxis. More...

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Empress To Release New Single

Empress is a new prog quartet from Berkshire, which will be releasing a debut single in the form of double a-side "Left In Awe / Nostalgia" on September 16th. The band will also be supporting Baroness on 12th July at the Barfly in Camden. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Empress has been writing since the start of 2011, honing their style together; quietly and carefully. The result is a sound that belies their young age – all are in their early 20s. Soothing and vicious in turn, they juxtapose gentle harmonies with frantic ferocity; relaxed strumming followed by a detonating roar.

"There are as many elements of Mastodon, Metallica and Opeth in the music as there are of the more melodic Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Elbow – all huge bands and all huge influences on Empress. If that seems like quite the motley crew, you’ll understand why Empresses’s sound is so hard to pin down."

You can also watch the band's clip for "Left In Awe" through the player below. More...

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