New Jersey progressive extreme metallers DARK EMPIRE have announced the addition of guitarist Christian Colabelli to the group's ranks. Christian replaces Andrew Atwood, who split from the band just prior to the recording of last year's album, "From Refuge To Ruin".
A video clip of Christian and fellow DARK EMPIRE guitarist Matt Moliti running through some new riffs the band is preparing for a free five-track download EP for later this year can be seen below.
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."
Added Moliti: "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 five-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!"
DARK EMPIRE will open for NILE on March 10 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City.