Restricted Release, in cooperation with Angle Side Side, has set an October 12 North American release date for "Awaken", the full-length debut from Rhode Island-based THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL. "Awaken" is the first metal album from vocalist Jesse David Leach since his departure from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
Recorded in 2009, "Awaken" was originally available for physical purchase via direct band merchandise outlets. Through the new cooperation, the album will now be accessible via proper retail outlets throughout North America.
"We all couldn't be more than happy that this record has gained enough attention to make it to this level of exposure," comments Leach. "We are proud that our DIY band and our self produced/released record has the potential to reach so many more listeners. Our hope is that a great deal of people will be able to see the passion and message we carry with our music. Fight the good fight!"
Produced by guitarist Marcus De Lisle and mixed by Sean Small, "Awaken" has already received significant media attention. The album has generated substantial support from college and commercial specialty radio programs across the country. As part of an early radio campaign, "Awaken" peaked on FMQB/Friday Morning Quarterback's metal chart at position No. 7 and impressed CMJ/College Music Journal stations, peaking at No. 20 on the tip magazine's weekly metal chart.
Formed in 2008, THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL's eclectic sound is rooted in metal/hardcore, with the bandmembers citing AT THE GATES, MESHUGGAH and EDGE OF SANITY as major inspirations. The group, featuring guitarists Jake Davenport and De Lisle, bassist Nick Sollecito, drummer Jeff Pitts, and Leach, also draws heavily from their combined interests in jazz, punk, and experimental music. The band's lyrics are fueled by political outrage; a passion that forms the backbone of the band and sets them apart from their peers.
THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL is expected to announce a series of new live shows to support the retail release of "Awaken". In the meantime the band has already started writing material for its second album which it plans to release in early 2011. Sollecito notes, "Our new material is definitely a step up from our previous stuff. We are really excited about it and can't wait till we hit the studio to get it all together."
"Awaken" track listing:
02. Lords of War
03. Voices Forming Weapons
04. Choir of Angels
05. We the People
06. These Colors Bleed
07. Our Own
08. The Kingdom
THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL is:
Jesse Leach - Vocals
Jake Davenport - Guitar
Marcus de Lisle - Guitar
Nick Sollecito - Bass
Jeff Pitts - Drums
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/theempireshallfall.