New Music: Crown the Empire – Initiation

Offering up what feels like a metalcore take on Linkin Park, Crown the Empire fuse electronic ambience with metal catharsis, creating a moody and dramatic sound that sets the Dallas, Texas band apart from their contemporaries. Featuring singers Andy Leo and David Escamilla, guitarists Brandon Hoover and Bennett Vogelman, bassist Hayden Tree, keyboard player Austin Duncan, and drummer Brent Taddle, the seven-piece band puts its extensive members to good use, crafting a sound for themselves that’s concentrated without being so busy that the message is lost in the noise.

Crown the Empire made their debut in 2011 with the self-released EP, Limitless, followed by their first full-length effort, The Fallout, which arrived on Rise Records in 2012. Out now is their latest release The Resistance: Rise of The Runaways, outJuly 22nd, which seems like an interesting concept record that plays along wonderfully with the bands overall theme. To tantalise us the first track Initiation is also out and we see that CTE have taken their original sound and strengthened it, honed it and focused it into a hardcore direction.

It will be exciting to see what the rest of the album sounds like, these guys are going to gain popularity and notoriety swiftly, as they are one of the only ‘new bands’ that actually carry a different type of sound with their theatrical look and take on records really adding to that. Catch them on tour with Asking Alexandra and The Ghost Inside later this year.