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Below is our complete White 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.
After 18 years as Cradle of Filth’s main guitarist and songwriter, Paul Allender returns with White Empress. The group also features Mary Zimmer (ex-Luna Mortis) on vocals, Chela Harper (ex-Coal Chamber) on bass, Jeremy Kohnmann (The Awakening) on guitars and Will Graney on keyboards.
The band's debut full-length, "Rise of the Empress" (reviewed here), was mixed and mastered by veteran producer, Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Cradle of Filth), and was released this past September on Peaceville Records.
The band is busy gearing up for an extremely busy 2015, which sees the empress headed off to Japan in May, with many more shows across the world currently in the works. Details on the Japanese show are as follows: More...
Most of us in metal love to complain about trolling, irrational vitriol, subgenre tribalism, and elitism online. Not to mention the fact that most of said complaining also takes place online.
It’s like plugging the cord of a power strip into the strip itself and expecting it to produce juice. No wonder nothing positive ever seems to get accomplished.
So how do we fix this?
Well, we can’t. At least we can’t fix others. We can, however, control ourselves and try new things from time to time. And when considering just how ridiculously much time we spend drooling in front of our screens, the simple act of attending live music concerts is indeed a “new thing,” or at least a relatively seldom thing. Sort of like shutting off Facebook and actually writing your best friend a letter.
But don’t the same issues manifest in our local clubs? A package tour comes to town, containing bands with separate (or, at best, overlapping) fanbases, which promptly begin to work against each other. Show me such a concert that isn’t brimming with guys judging each other’s perceived tastes, putting on airs by boasting “I’m only here for [insert obscure opener],” and I’ll show you my fourth nipple.
How about major European-style summer festivals? Don’t get me started. Don’t get me wrong, either; they’re ten tons of fun. But often the numbers are too immense for any type of bonding to occur on a mass scale. Crowds usually just devolve into cliques, all corresponding to their chosen favorite acts.
So there needs to be a middle ground. A unique event, rare and special enough to draw the enthusiastic, but familiar enough to include the curious. Small and precarious enough to forestall any jaded complacency, and large enough to foster a carnival atmosphere.
The musical equivalent of a big group of friends around a campfire, bonded not only by the fun they’re sharing, but also by the knowledge that one bad attitude will douse the good time in cold water.
For me, the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival was that event. And for the moment, it has alleviated some of my cynicism over the much-ballyhooed “brotherhood and sisterhood” concepts thrown around in metal.
Here, in central Florida, from November 7th through the 9th, these bonds were very much alive.
White Empress, featuring ex-Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender (ex-Cradle Of Filth) and Luna Mortis vocalist Mary Zimmer, issued a new music video for the track "The Ecstatic and the Sorrow." The song is taken from the debut full length album "Rise of the Empress," which is available now through Peaceville Records.
The video was filmed, directed and edited by Janne Tamminen of From Light Rose The Angels, Footage was captured during the band's Halloween live performances in Madison, WI. Check it out here:
After announcing that session drummer Jon Siren would be stepping in for Zac Morris, White Empress has now issued the following update about cancelling two upcoming tour dates:
"As you guys know we had a last minute emergency due to our drummer being unable to perform with us this tour run. On Monday drummer Jon Siren flew out from LA to learn the music and to learn the set. We have been rehearsing non stop with Jon from the moment he landed and he is coming along incredibly fast he is a Kick ass amazing drummer.
"However, we have only had a few short days to work with him on material he hadn't even heard before. Because we believe in giving you guys the best performance possible we have made the difficult decision to cancel our performances in both Appleton & Milwaukee.
"This was an extremely tough call for us but we were handed a situation and we are trying to make the most of it. The bottom line is we need more rehearsal time with our stand in drummer in order to get things up to the level we need them to be.
"We WILL be attending tonite's Meet & Greet at PhatHeadz in Green Bay as well as performing at the 10/30 show at the Cabooze and 10.31 &11.1 at The Frequency. We want to sincerely apologize to anyone who will be missing us as a result but we assure you the remaining show dates will be KILLER!
"HUGE thank you time everyone who setup the Appleton and Milwaukee shows especially Jennifer Lecesse and Taylor Dahlen. From Light Rose The Angels will still be appearing on the shows in Appleton and Milwaukee please go catch them and enjoy a killer show! Thank you all we will see you tonite at the Meet & Greet." More...
White Empress - the new outfit featuring Paul Allender (ex-Cradle Of Filth) - is headed out on tour supporting "Rise Of The Empress" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following update about bringing on a session drummer for these shows:
"Due to an unfortunate, last-minute family emergency, drummer Zac Morris will not be appearing behind the kit with us for the upcoming midwest dates.
"However, drummer Jon Siren (Early Man, Mankind is Obsolete) has flown out from LA to join us for these dates!
"He's totally kicking ass on the material and we're really stoked to have him on board. 12-hour a day rehearsals have been taking place to get this all in order - the metal can't be stopped!! See you all soon!" More...
U.K. symphonic extreme act White Empress released the first part in a series of track-by-track videos for debut full length release "Rise of the Empress." The album dropped via Peaceville Records just yesterday in the U.S.
The video showcases the album's first five tracks - "Rise of the Empress," "The Congregation," "A Prisoner Unleashed," "Darkness Encroaching," and "Sven's Tower" - as Paul Allender (ex-Cradle of Filth) gives the background and insight on the writing process for the album.
Check out the clip here:
White Empress - the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender - has teamed up with Revolver to host a stream of the band's debut album "Rise of the Empress" in full before it hits stores tomorrow via Peaceville Records. Give it a listen in the player below.
"Rise of the Empress is what metal has been so desperately wanting for such a long time," Allender told Revolver. "Something to wake it up from the mundane normal safe scene we are all in now. It's heavy as hell, rocks like fuck and it grooves along like a possessed freight train..... Hail the White Empress!"
White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to launch a new song titled "A Prisoner Unleashed" from the band's debut album "Rise of the Empress."
Check out the song below. "Rise of the Empress" is due out September 30th on Peaceville Records in conjunction with PledgeMusic.
"For the track 'A Prisoner Unleashed' I had an idea to start a track with vocals only and to come into the track with a heavy groove and punch," Allender told Decibel. "This track is awesome because of the various groove changes and the way everything sits together within the arrangement and the rest of the tracks on the album. A real headbanger for the real metalhead!"
Rise of the Empress can be pre-ordered now through PledgeMusic at this location along with plenty of White Empress goodies from signed artwork, signed guitars, to the opportunity to record in Paul Allender's studio and more. Pledgers will also be able to download a track from "Rise of the Empress." More...
White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has premiered a new music video for the track "Darkness Encroaching" over at Bloody-Disgusting.com at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the debut album "Rise of the Empress," which will be out this fall on Peaceville Records.
Allender commented on the video: "This video is the first of very many, and represents how White Empress has broken away from the usual 'safe' mundane scene we have today in our metal world. We have created our own sound, our own style in visuals. We are innovators, not imitators, a force to be reckoned with. Hail the White Empress!"
Rise of the Empress can be pre-ordered now through PledgeMusic over at this location which affords plenty of White Empress goodies from signed artwork, signed guitars, to the opportunity to record in Paul Allender's studio and more. Pledgers will also be able to download a track from "Rise of the Empress."
Check out "Darkness Encroaching" here: More...
Peaceville Records has announced the signing of White Empress, featuring ex-Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender.
The band's debut album, "Rise of the Empress," will release this Fall on Peaceville in conjunction with PledgeMusic.com. The album can be pre-ordered now at this location along with plenty of White Empress goodies from signed artwork and guitars to the opportunity to record in Paul Allender's studio and more. Pledgers will also be able to download a track from "Rise of the Empress."
The album was recorded in White Empress' studio and has been mixed and mastered by producer Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Cradle of Filth). "White Empress is the link the music scene has been so desperately missing," said Paul Allender. "The band started writing together two years ago, and have slowly crafted the sound that is White Empress. White Empress has all the best parts of the metal scene rolled up into one band. The music is hard, but emotive. White Empress' unique style and sound is bringing fresh life to the music scene that it's been crying out for."
White Empress comprises: Paul Allender, vocalist Mary Zimmer from Luna Mortis, keyboardist Will Graney from Damnation Angels, Coal Chamber bass player Chela Harper, guitarist Jeremy Kohnmann from The Awakening, and drummer Zac Morris, who's played with many bands including Ugly Kid Joe.
White Empress has released another track online in anticipation of an upcoming album release. Give "Exile (The Empress Returns)" a listen in the player below, or hear more music from the band at this location.
White Empress is gearing up to release a new album, and now the band has posted another track online entitled "Obsession with the Empress." Give the song a listen below, or you can hear the previously posted "Erased and Rewritten" over at this location.
The reign of the Empress is upon us: White Empress has posted a demo version of the song "Erased and Rewritten" online, which can be heard below.
The track will appear on the band's debut EP, due out next year. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"White Empress is the missing link that the metal scene is thirsty for. Her majesty is the all-seeing power; she's your dreams and your worst nightmares. She's the ruler of everything and she commands a legion of loyal followers. Come join her ranks and bask in her endless glory."