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Dark Empire

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Formed: 2004
From: Verona, NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Dark Empire is a power metal/progressive death metal/thrash metal band.

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Below is our complete Dark Empire 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.

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Dark Empire Recruits New Guitarist

New Jersey metallers Dark Empire are happy to announce that Christian Colabelli has stepped in as their new permanent 2nd guitarist. Christian replaces Andrew Atwood, who split from the band just prior to the recording of last year's album, "From Refuge to Ruin."

Video can be viewed below of Christian and co-guitarist Matt Moliti running through some new riffs the band is preparing for a 5-track free download EP for later this year. Christian had this to say about joining Dark Empire:

"It's an honor to be an official member of Dark Empire. Since I've known Matt, we've had a mutual respect and admiration for each other's playing. When he initially asked me to fill in on guitar for live performances, I quickly recognized the chemistry, power, and potential of the lineup and was amazed at how natural it felt. I know Matt and I will challenge each other as guitarists and I expect huge accomplishments for Dark Empire in 2013."

Guitarist/death vocalist Matt Moliti also had this to say: "I'm really excited to have Christian a part of Dark Empire. His technical ability and songwriting skills are definitely going to take things to the next level, and fans can now expect a dual lead guitar attack reminiscent of bands like Racer X and Cacophony on the new material. Yes, we have already started writing some new riffs with the intention of releasing a free 5-track EP by the end of 2013. Stay tuned to the Dark Empire Facebook Page as we will be periodically updating with videos of the writing, rehearsal and recording process!" More...

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Dark Empire Streaming Entire New Album

Today sees the release of the new album from Dark Empire, entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." In celebration of the album's release Dark Empire has partnered up with GuitarWorld.com for an exclusive full album stream.

Get a first listen to "From Refuge to Ruin" courtesy of Guitar World here. You can also check out a previously posted track-by-track breakdown video from the band at this location.

For more details on Dark Empire, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. A Plague in the Throne Room
2. Dreaming in Vengeance
3. The Crimson Portrait
4. Dark Seeds of Depravity
5. From Refuge to Ruin
6. Lest Ye Be Judged
7. What Men Call Hatred
8. Black Hearts Demise
9. The Cleansing Fires

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Dark Empire Posts Track-By-Track Video, Pt. 2

New Jersey progressive/power metal band Dark Empire posted a second track-by-track video in support of the band's third release "From Refuge to Ruin." The video features guitarist and songwriter Matt Moliti. The new album drops on March 27, 2012 in North America through Nightmare Records and March 30, 2012 in Europe through Twilight-Vertrieb and Bertus.

Check out the video here:

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Dark Empire Posts Track-By-Track Video

New Jersey's Dark Empire returns to the scene with a third release this March entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." According to a press release, Dark Empire "fuses elements of extreme and classic metal, 70's prog rock, and poetic, meaningful lyrics" and "brings forth a tremendously successful amalgam that is refreshingly unique as well as raw and aggressive."

Today lead guitarist and songwriter Matt Moliti has posted the first in a series of videos going through the album track by track. In the videos, Matt talks about the song writing process, the bands influences for each track and much more. The first video covers the first three songs on From Refuge to Ruin: "A Plague in the Throne Room," "Dreaming in Vengeance," and "The Crimson Portrait". The video is available for viewing below.

Noisecreep.com is also hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from Dark Empire's new album. The song entitled "The Crimson Portrait" can be heard at this location. More...

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Pit Stories: Unassisted Stage Diving

Each Tuesday we share the best mosh pit stories from metal fans and band members from across the globe. This week we have another tale from Dark Empire's lead guitarist Matt Moliti about a Destruction fan with apparently alcohol related depth perception problems:

I think it was in 2005 or 2006 I saw Destruction (at the Knitting Factory in NYC) and I remember seeing this one crazy drunk guy during one of the opening bands who insisted on trying to stage dive even though no one was catching him. I though that was funny enough, but then I saw that he had climbed up onto the balcony area. The guy actually dove down into the crowd from that height, slamming into the solid concrete floor! I have no idea how that guy got up, but he did (probably all the alcohol in his system).

Dark Empire also shared a story with us about dueling guitarists in the pit, which can still be read here. The band's new album "From Refuge to Ruin" hits stores on March 27th via Nightmare Records. To get a taste of the album, check out the new song "The Crimson Portrait" at this location.

Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday for another dose of brutal mosh pit stories.

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Dark Empire Streaming New Song

New Jersey's Dark Empire is returning to the scene with a third release this March entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." Noisecreep.com is now hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from Dark Empire's new album. The song entitled "The Crimson Portrait" can be heard here. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Dominating through the intricate songwriting are powerful new vocalist Brian Larkin (who replaces Jens Carlsson of Persuader and Savage Circus fame) and the commanding riffs of lead guitarist/main songwriter Matt Moliti, who also lends a chilling death vocal counterpoint to Larkin's leather-throated melodic lines. In addition to Moliti's elaborate guitar work and Larkin's attention- grabbing vocals, Dark Empire features the deep resonance of bassist Randy Knecht and the 'Dave Lombardo-meets-Gavin Harrison' drumming of session player Matt Graff.

"Not being ones to repeat themselves, Dark Empire has injected fresh new influences into their follow up to their 2008 release 'Humanity Dethroned.' Taking a cue from 70's prog masters such as Genesis and King Crimson, Dark Empire inventively utilize vintage Mellotron and Hammond Organ samples throughout the album, as well as delicate 12-string acoustic interludes and haunting, atmospheric melodies (coming to full fruition in the powerfully epic title track). This is not to undermine the push Dark Empire has also made in the heavier end of the dynamic spectrum, now utilizing seven-string guitars, crushing doom metal moments, and blistering death metal-inspired riffs. For older fans, these new elements serve to compliment, not overshadow, the band's thrashy progressive metal roots, and the 13-minute-plus dark and doomy album closer 'The Cleansing Fires' serves as a musical culmination of the broadened range of styles found throughout.

"With pristine and powerful production from Jeremy Krull and artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Morbid Angel) along with fresh creative input and exceptional talent, Dark Empire will surely become the new cross-over favorite for any metal fan." More...

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Pit Stories: Dueling Guitarists Take To The Pit

We've been catching up with bands and fans all over the world to get their best mosh pit stories. This week Dark Empire lead guitarist Matt Moliti shares a pit story of dueling guitarists:

We were playing the Knitting Factory in NYC in 2008. Our former 2nd guitarist, Andrew Atwood, had a reputation for being incredibly animated on stage, and it got to the point where the two of us would try to one up each other, in a friendly competition kind of way. During our song “Eyes of Defiance” there is a lead break featuring some tricky right hand tapping that I thought would look cool if our singer Brian put his hands over my eyes while I did it. I figured that should be a good enough stage move to “beat” whatever Andrew had planned for the evening.

Little did I know what he was about to do though, because next thing I saw, he had jumped INTO the mosh pit while playing his guitar and started rocking out right there with the fans! Well, I wasn’t about to let him upstage me, so I followed suit, jumping into the pit with him, guitar and all, and proceeded to play the rest of the song right there in the pit with the fans thrashing all around us. Maybe that isn’t as uncommon as I think it is, but it was definitely a first for me.

Dark Empire is set to release their new album, "From Refuge to Ruin," on March 27th via Nightmare Records. You can hear a new song from the album on the band's Facebook page.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Dark Empire Announces New Album Release

New Jersey's Dark Empire returns to the scene with the band's third release this March 27th, entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." Dark Empire has also released a track off "From Refuge to Ruin" on the band's official Facebook page here. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Dominating through the intricate songwriting are powerful new vocalist Brian Larkin (who replaces Jens Carlsson of Persuader and Savage Circus fame) and the commanding riffs of lead guitarist/main songwriter Matt Moliti, who also lends a chilling death vocal counterpoint to Larkin's leather-throated melodic lines. In addition to Moliti's elaborate guitar work and Larkin's attention- grabbing vocals, Dark Empire features the deep resonance of bassist Randy Knecht and the 'Dave Lombardo-meets-Gavin Harrison' drumming of session player Matt Graff.

"Not being ones to repeat themselves, Dark Empire has injected fresh new influences into their follow up to their 2008 release 'Humanity Dethroned.' Taking a cue from 70's prog masters such as Genesis and King Crimson, Dark Empire inventively utilize vintage Mellotron and Hammond Organ samples throughout the album, as well as delicate 12-string acoustic interludes and haunting, atmospheric melodies (coming to full fruition in the powerfully epic title track).

"This is not to undermine the push Dark Empire has also made in the heavier end of the dynamic spectrum, now utilizing seven-string guitars, crushing doom metal moments, and blistering death metal-inspired riffs. For older fans, these new elements serve to compliment, not overshadow, the band's thrashy progressive metal roots, and the 13-minute-plus dark and doomy album closer 'The Cleansing Fires' serves as a musical culmination of the broadened range of styles found throughout. More...

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Dark Empire Gives Update On New Album

New Jersey's Dark Empire has checked in with the following update about the new album "From Refuge to Ruin:"

"The album is just about finished being recorded. I only have some lead guitar work and my death vocals left to track (more on that later). I'm not ready to reveal a track list or anything yet, but there are 9 songs (two of which are either approaching or beyond the 10-minute mark) as well as one bonus track, which will be a cover. The drums were performed by a session drummer named Matt Graff, who did an absolutely amazing job (note: Matt is *not* a permanent member).

"The new vocalist is a great fit for the band, and I'm really excited about the performances he gave. The reason I am not naming who it is (I will say, however, that he is not a 'known' singer), or giving any further information, is because I want to present one of the new songs, the track list, new singer info, and artwork simultaneously. This album is a bit of a rebirthing of the band, so I'd prefer to release all that information in one package.

"On another note, both Andrew Atwood and Urban Breed are no longer involved with Dark Empire. And now, onto why this process is taking so long... Firstly, this is an entirely self-produced/financed endeavor for myself and Randy. We both work day jobs and have other commitments. We basically can only head into the studio when our schedules allow, so some things needed to be spaced out a bit time wise. Secondly, back in November I suffered from incredibly severe laryngitis and as a result of not giving myself proper rest, I developed nodules on my vocal cords. I have been unable to do any of my death vocals since then, although I've slowly been getting better. I'm hoping that by the end of June my voice will be healed enough to perform the death vocal spots on the new album. More...

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Dark Empire Announces Urban Breed As New Vocalist

New Jersey/New York progressive metallers DARK EMPIRE welcomes Swedish vocalist URBAN BREED (PYRAMAZE, ex-BLOODBOUND, ex-TAD MOROSE) as their new singer. URBAN replaces vocalist JENS CARLSSON (PERSUADER, SAVAGE CIRCUS) who split from the band on good terms in 2008.

Band leader/guitarist MATT MOLITI comments, “I cannot express how thrilled I am to be collaborating with URBAN. His vocals have the perfect blend of power and dynamics that I think will truly take DARK EMPIRE’s music to the next level. I’m excited as hell for people to hear the material!" More...

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Ferox Canorus Announces Line Up Changes

NJ progressive metal band, Ferox Canorus, has issued the following message about the progress of their recording and departure of bassist Andres Villota:

"Recording of the EP is coming along. Slow, but it's happening. A substantial chunk should be finished this weekend and that leaves some odds and ends as well as the vocals. Unfortunately, vocals will not be recorded until we choose our lead singer. We have done (and are conducting) auditions still and I would like to say we will know in another week or two... in any case, you will know as soon as we know!" More...

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Dark Empire Splits With Vocalist Jens Carlsson

New Jersey metal act Dark Empire has revealed that they have parted ways with vocalist Jens Carlsson. A message from the bands guitarist Mark Moliti reads as follows:

"This decision was a long time coming and it was a hard one to make, since Jens is a great dude to work with. With him living in Sweden and the rest of us in the New Jersey, it is impossible to do any kind of gigging, which is something we need to make this band continue. This was a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings at all. We wish Jens the best in his endeavors with Persuader and Savage Circus. As for a replacement, since I am already writing new material, we would like to find one as soon as possible. We're most interested in a singer with an abrasive or hard rock quality to their voice, and of course, must be living in or willing to commute or relocate to the northern New Jersey/NYC area.

"Send any audio or video samples to our MySpace page: www.myspace.com/darkempireband"

A posting from Jens Carlsson himself reads: "After a long consideration, we in the band made the decision for me to step down as singer for Dark Empire. For Matt and the guys to push the band forward, live appearences are essential and the fact that I live in Sweden was becoming a bigger and bigger problem. I also have Persuader and Savage Circus who need attention as well. There are no hard feelings, but something had to be done about the situation. I wish the guys in DE all the best, and you fans out there, keep on rocking!"

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Suspyre Announces East Coast Shows, Release Party

The first weekend of August 2008, Suspyre will be joining Odin's Court and Dark Empire for two nights of prog metal. The shows are open to all ages (21+ to drink). The shows are as follows:

08/01/2008 The Knitting Factory (Old Office Room) - New York, NY
08/02/2008 Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown, PA

Additionally, the band will play their record release show for their upcoming Sensory Records debut "When Time Fades" in September. This exclusive set will be comprised of 90 minutes of material from all three of the band's albums with special guest drummer Charlie Zeleny. The release party details are as follows:

09/20/2008 The Community Center @ First Presyterian Church - Metuchen, NJ

Suspyre will be releasing its third album, "When Time Fades," on September 30, 2008 through Sensory Records. You can now preview the first track, "Possession," on their MySpace page.

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Dark Empire Announces New Drummer and Bassist

New Jersey metallers, Dark Empire, have issued the following update on their MySpace page welcoming their new bassist and drummer:

"I'm really pleased to announce that we can name the new drummer and bass player for DARK EMPIRE. Filling in the long vacant bass position is RANDY KNECHT, and taking up the drum position is OMAR DAVILA. I was not expecting to find two musicians that fit the same vision and drive for DARK EMPIRE that I have, not to mention the immense talent that I would expect from anyone involved in this band, in such a short span of time. I guess that's how luck plays things out sometimes."

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Dark Empire Album Pushed Back

Guitarist Matt Moliti of the New Jersey-based thrash/prog/metal act DARK EMPIRE has issued the following update:
"Since we had to delay the release of the band's second album, Humanity Dethroned, we decided to add another two tracks from the CD to our MySpace for everyone to listen to! These tracks are unmastered, so you may need to turn the volume up a bit. These two are among my personal favourite Dark Empire songs ever, so I hope you enjoy them!"

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Dark Empire Sign To Killzone Records

KillZone Records is extremely proud to announce that it is to sign New Jersey based thrash/prog/metal act Dark Empire for the release of the band's second album 'Humanity Dethroned' for release in North America and European territories. The release of 'Humanity Dethroned' is set for November.

Formed by Matt Moliti (lead and rhythm guitars, death vocals) in 2004, the current band includes Jens Carlsson (Savage Circus, Persuader) lead vocals, Andrew Atwood (lead, rhythm guitar, death vocals) and Samus (Suspyre, Mutiny) drums. Influenced by Symphony X and Rage, Moliti created Dark Empire to be what in his eyes would be the epitome of the perfect metal band: thrashy riffs, blazing solos and aggressive yet melodic vocals, full of energy and emotion.

Dark Empire are no stranger to success this early in their career. The band self released their debut album 'Distant Tides' placed 2 in the year end "best indie release of 2006" list), in BW&BK magazine scoring an impressive 9.5/10 and achieving rave reviews in the industry press and was eventually picked up Rock Machine Records in Brazil. 'Humanity Dethroned will be mastered by Mikka Jussla at Finnvox Studios (Children Of Bodom, Nightwish).

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Dark Empire Post Another New Song Online

DARK EMPIRE, the American/Swedish band featuring vocalist Jens Carlsson of PERSUADER/SAVAGE CIRCUS and bassist Noah Martin of ARSIS, has posted a rough-mix version of a new track, "Salvation Denied", on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's upcoming second album, "Humanity Dethroned", due later in the year. The cover artwork can be found at this location.

Conceived in the winter of early 2004, DARK EMPIRE is the vision of Long Island, NY-based guitarist Matt Moliti to create what in his eyes would be the epitome of the perfect metal band: thrashy riffs, blazing solos and aggressive yet melodic vocals, full of energy and emotion. More...

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Dark Empire Post New Song Online

DARK EMPIRE, the American/Swedish band featuring vocalist Jens Carlsson of PERSUADER/SAVAGE CIRCUS and bassist Noah Martin of ARSIS, has posted the single edit for its new track "Possessed (We are One)" on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's upcoming second album, "Humanity Dethroned", due later in the year. The cover artwork can be found at this location.

Conceived in the winter of early 2004, DARK EMPIRE is the vision of Long Island, NY based guitarist Matt Moliti to create what in his eyes would be the epitome of the perfect metal band: thrashy riffs, blazing solos and aggressive yet melodic vocals, full of energy and emotion.

Influenced by bands such as RAGE and SYMPHONY X, Matt began writing the music for the band in that very same year, working alongside friend and producer Jeremy Krull. More...

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Suspyre Drummer Leaves To Focus On Other Projects

Ex-Suspyre, and current Dark Empire and Mutiny drummer Sam Paulicelli updated on the progress of his current projects through his myspace blog:

Mutiny will be playing The Bamboozle Festival this year at the Meadowlands! (Giants Stadium) with My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Weird Al, and many other huge bands! Holy shit...I'm fucking excited, haha. It's a 2-day festival...May 5th and 6th. We aren't sure which day we will be performing, or which stage we will be on, but as soon as we find out, we will post another bulletin and let you all know. Any questions besides that, just ask!

On another note, I am leaving Suspyre. Mutiny is the best thing that's ever happened to me, and we are moving forward very fast. I just don't have time for anything else right now. But, I will still be performing with Dark Empire at Texas Madfest in July. Once again, any questions? Feel free to ask me!

ROCK!!!!

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Dark Empire Reveal "Humanity Dethroned" Artwork

New Jersey based progressive-thrash metallers DARK EMPIRE, which features in it's ranks vocalist Jens Carlsson (PERSUADER, SAVAGE CIRCUS) and bassist Noah Martin (ARSIS), have revealed the artwork for their forthcoming second album, Humanity Dethroned. Check it out at this location.

Expected out this spring/summer, Humanity Dethroned will include the following tracks (not in the definitive order): 'Eyes Of Defiance', 'No Sign Of Life', 'Humanity Dethroned', 'The Forgotten Sin', 'Faded Dreams', 'Salvation Denied', The Apparition Sequence: 'I Prelude' (instrumental), 'II Haunted', 'III Possessed (We Are One)', 'IV Closure', 'The Knife' (GENESIS cover).

Guitarist Matt Moliti previously commented on the upcoming release, stating, ""Overall, the sound is much heavier than Distant Tides, with less PowerMetal elements and more thrash, prog, and even some melodic death creeping into the mix. There is also more interplay between clean and death vocals, and that appears in almost every song on the album. I really feel like I've come a long way with my songwriting since I wrote Distant Tides, and I can safely say that Humanity Dethroned is going to completely smoke it."

Stay tuned for further updates.

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