11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Crown the Empire infuses its melodic post-hardcore with a heroic glow on its debut album, Fallout. The Texas sextet achieves a widescreen sound that lifts it beyond the usual manic bellows and chugging breakdowns of similar bands. The orchestral strains of the opening tune, “Oh, Catastrophe,” set the mood for the rest of this high-drama set. Intriguing textures abound: the cinematic strings and choral-style vocals on “Menace” and the slinky Latin interludes on “Two’s Too Many” convey the striking contrasts here. Crown the Empire works both ends of the spectrum, effortlessly veering from the yearning sentiments of “The One You Feed” to the furious attack of “Children of Love.” Lead singer Andy Leo’s clean vocals get a powerful assist from David Escamilla’s guttural eruptions. The agile guitar team of Brandon Hoover and Bennett Vogelman is complemented by Austin Duncan’s keyboard embellishments. Lyrically, the album pulses with lovelorn desperation and a pervasive sense of doom, culminating with the rampaging final track, “Johnny’s Revenge.” Matching ferocity with finesse, Fallout launches Crown the Empire as a band of creative distinction.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Crown the Empire infuses its melodic post-hardcore with a heroic glow on its debut album, Fallout. The Texas sextet achieves a widescreen sound that lifts it beyond the usual manic bellows and chugging breakdowns of similar bands. The orchestral strains of the opening tune, “Oh, Catastrophe,” set the mood for the rest of this high-drama set. Intriguing textures abound: the cinematic strings and choral-style vocals on “Menace” and the slinky Latin interludes on “Two’s Too Many” convey the striking contrasts here. Crown the Empire works both ends of the spectrum, effortlessly veering from the yearning sentiments of “The One You Feed” to the furious attack of “Children of Love.” Lead singer Andy Leo’s clean vocals get a powerful assist from David Escamilla’s guttural eruptions. The agile guitar team of Brandon Hoover and Bennett Vogelman is complemented by Austin Duncan’s keyboard embellishments. Lyrically, the album pulses with lovelorn desperation and a pervasive sense of doom, culminating with the rampaging final track, “Johnny’s Revenge.” Matching ferocity with finesse, Fallout launches Crown the Empire as a band of creative distinction.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
579 Ratings
579 Ratings
UNCboi ,

They Are The Best!

From the beginning, they have been amazing. They have matured and added David. They are by far the best band ever.

Kai099 ,

Best album of 2012

Honestly, this album is amazing. The addition of screamer David Escamilla has made an amazing band even better. His intense highs and ground-shaking lows add an amazing hardcore feel to the gentle and smooth vocals of Andrew. All around great vocal synergy and a strong performance from both. A must-have album. Definitely the best album of 2012!

icy hot snowman ,

Simply amazing

Best intro I've heard all year
Johnny's revenge is beyond amazing
Favorite song on the album: the one that feeds
Overall 10 .5 out of 10 (yes it's that good)

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