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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

573 Ratings

They Are The Best!

UNCboi,

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

Best album of 2012

Kai099,

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!

About Crown the Empire

Offering a metalcore take on the sound of predecessors like 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 its contemporaries. Originally 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 massive ranks to good use, crafting a sound that's dense 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. The record was reissued later in 2013 with a complete re-recording of Limitless (this time with David Escamilla on vocals) while the band was touring. In January 2014, Rise Records announced via their website and social media outlets that Crown the Empire would be recording, and The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways appeared in May. Co-produced by Joey Sturgis and Dan Korneff, it was well received by critics and fans alike. Crown the Empire headlined their own tour through the rest of the summer before taking time off. In the fall of 2015 the band released "Prisoners of War" as a digital single. It was included as part of a deluxe reissue of the previous year's album along with "Cross Our Bones" (another new song), an acoustic take on "Millennia," and an alternate of "Machines." In November of that year, Vogelman parted ways with the band, with Hoover taking over his duties. On June 10, 2016, the band released another new single, "Zero," in anticipation of its upcoming third studio long-player, Retrograde, which dropped later that month. Retrograde debuted atop the Billboard Hard Rock, Independent, and Rock charts, and hit number 15 on the Top 200. In January 2017, the band announced the departure of Escamilla, reducing Crown the Empire to a quartet. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Dallas, TX
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2010

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