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Dark Empire Gives Update On New Album "From Refuge To Ruin"

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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.

"Lastly, I want to thank all our fans for being patient regarding this very sluggish process. The new material is absolutely slamming and well worth the wait. You won't be disappointed! You can check out a video of some lead tracking here. (the video quality is very poor, but I figured some update was better than nothing)."

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