Providence, RI-based The Empire Shall Fall, the brainchild of longtime friends Nick Sollecito and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, celebrated the retail release of their debut album Awaken on October 12. The Empire Shall Fall’s eclectic sound is rooted in metal/hardcore, citing luminaries At the Gates, Meshuggah, and Edge of Sanity as major inspirations. However, Awaken also draws heavily upon the band members’ combined interests in jazz, punk, and experimental music to create a compelling blend of melody, brutality, and sheer determination that is impossible to pin down and sure to intrigue fans of Refused, At the Drive In, Deftones, and BTBAM.
Financing the entire recording as well as all merchandise, pressing, and touring costs themselves, The Empire Shall Fall are the perfect example of a determined, ambitious, totally DIY band on a mission. Fueled by political outrage and a never-ending search for truth, the band’s message is as potent as their music, and serves as a call to arms for a lost generation.
Awaken can be purchased through outlets as diverse as Amazon, FYE, Hot Topic and the band’s own online store.