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WHITE EMPRESS – ‘RISE OF THE EMPRESS’
White Empress comprise: Paul Allender, formerly the main guitarist and songwriter in Cradle of Filth, vocalist Mary Zimmer from Luna Mortis and a vocal coach, Will Graney, keyboardist from Damnation Angels, Chela Harper, bass player for Coal Chamber, guitarist Jeremy Kohnmann from the Awakening and drummer Zac Morris who’s played with many bands including Ugly Kid Joe.
When Paul relocated to the USA in 2012, in between working with Cradle of Filth, he decided to start work on another project, with local musicians in his newly adopted home of Minneapolis and his friend, Martin Skaroupka from Cradle of Filth; this soon became White Empress.
With Paul’s relentless guitar and Mary’s diverse vocals ranging from operatic to death metal screams, White Empress is exploring new areas of metal.
Paul Allender says, "White Empress is the link the music scene has been so desperately missing. The band started writing together two years ago and have slowly crafted the sound that is White Empress. White Empress has all the best parts of the metal scene rolled up in to one band. The music is hard, but emotive. White Empress’ unique style and sound stands is bringing the fresh life to the music scene that its been crying out for.”
Their first release was their EP ‘White Empress’ which garnered great press and radio coverage.
After this the band have moved on to their first album, entitled ‘Rise Of The Empress’. This has been recorded in White Empress’ studio and has been mixed and mastered by veteran producer, Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Dave Gilmour…) and is set for release on Peaceville Records, 29th September 2014.
The band already have fans in the press from their EP:
Dom Lawson – Metal Hammer – UK “Further proof that Paul Allender is one of the foremost masters of infernal riffs and atmospheric filth in metal today, White Empress wield old school grandeur and haunting, arcane extremity like gleaming weapons of sonic refinement. Dark, diverse, lissom and wickedly infectious, theirs is a sound that oozes freshness while dragging us ever deeper into the depths of Hell…”
Malcolm Dome: Total Rock, Classic Rock – UK “Really impressed with the tracks. They combine a eerie choral atmosphere with a full-on, scathing metal attack. The musicianship is intricate yet ferocious, and the vocals have the delicate web of intrigue.”
Aldo Mancusi – Brutal Crush – Italy “Devastating, Deadly, Extreme! Three words to define the sound of these guys. A war machine that wounds the listener to death with riffs forged in hot metal, drum rhythms that will rip out your guts and the ear-melting screaming. Excellent!”
Tarja Virmakari – Metal Shock – Finland When I heard the first WHITE EMPRESS demo tracks at the end of summer 2013, I was absolutely amazed! It’s not possible to compare their music to anything I have heard before. At one point I thought I heard something that reminded me of a song, but right in the next instant new atmospheres filled my mind. There were rich riffs, drum blasts, gut-tearing clean vocals, along with growls and screaming, which proved my assumptions to be wrong. WHITE EMPRESS is new, fresh and hypnotic, something that has to be experienced personally. This band is surely one of the greatest sensations of 2013 and I cannot wait to see what 2014 will bring from the WHITE EMPRESS camp!
RISE OF THE EMPRESS
“It might have looked like smoke to those who hadn’t been there…but it was steam. Steam rising from the still-wet wounds of the fallen, scattered across the fields. It mingled with the collecting dew and filled the air with a rank, pungent aroma.
The smell of a new era.
The Warrior stirred, managed to get to his knees, and then, pushing with an iron hand on the dank ground, to his feet. His eyes scanned the scores of dead, searching for his weapon. A smile crept across his face.
Strong, victorious, he strode to the edge of the wood. All along the treeline, first one here, then one there, a new member of the new race emerged. They nodded to each other, knowing this was the dawn they’d waited for.
Against the rising sun, a silhouette loomed, and he knelt at her feet. He turned his face up, and swallowed his knee-jerk revulsion to her monstrous flesh…
Aluminum coils, laced through her skin, held her form together here and there, the sacrifice she had coldly made to achieve majesty.
All color had left her except for the dried clots of blood, which clung insistently to the holes left by the stoic stitching, begging her to remember a humanity she had marshaled, a mortality…. she’d eschewed.
The ink pools of her eyes surveyed her subjects, as one by one they bowed before her. Her glittering irises assessed them, counted them- dismissed them.
What she’d done had been for the cause- not them. If they proved loyal, they might live to see the third moon. If not- only the Warrior would be spared.
Wiping the last of the battle sweat from her lips, she took his weapon and knighted him- the first, the last, the best… into the reign of the White Empress.”
“Rise Of The Empress” digital download – the debut album in either FLAC or MP3 format.
White Empress’ debut album “Rise of The Empress” in CD Media book edition, delivered to your door as soon as it’s released. PLUS 100 special pledgers will get their name credited as being White Empress’ "most loyal subjects” in the media book CD booklet.
White Empress’ debut album “Rise Of The Empress” on CD, signed by the whole band, delivered to your door as soon as it’s released.
Signed PRS “Paul Allender” Signature Edition Guitar from Paul and White Empress.
Handwritten Thank You Card from White Empress
White Empress “Rise Of The Empress” girlie shirt in sizes up to XL.
White Empress “Rise Of The Empress” Tshirt in sizes up to XL.
White Empress’ debut album “Rise of The Empress” in CD Media book edition, delivered to your door as soon as it’s released.
Exclusive White Empress Screen Print – SIGNED and NUMBERED by White Empress. Only 100 available.
Drum Heads played by Zac Morris on the “Rise Of The Empress” signed by all of White Empress.
Skype with any band member for 20 minutes.
The song of your choosing, written out by hand in a very special way.
Enjoy a meet and greet signing session prior to the show, get a Tshirt and a ticket to the show itself. Dates TBC.
White Empress will send a personalised video message to you or the recipient of your choice. Just give us the details such as occasion, message and recipient.
Choose from a guitar lesson with Paul, a bass lesson with Chela or vocal lesson with Mary, for 60 minutes via Skype. Learn your favourite White Empress song.
50 lucky pledgers will be able to witness White Empress’ first ever concert via web-gig site StageIt. StageIt account required.
Mary’s Lampifier 111 Microphone, used on the debut White Empress album, featuring initials carved into it.
White Empress Original Artwork #1 by Sarah Di Clement. Painted in acrylics. 12”x16”/30cmx40cm.
White Empress Original Artwork #2 by Sarah Di Clement. Painted in acrylics. 12”x16”/30cmx40cm.
White Empress Original Artwork #3 by Sarah Di Clement. Painted in acrylics. 12”x16”/30cmx40cm.
White Empress Original Artwork #4 “Land Of The Empress" by Sarah Di Clement. Painted in oils. 9”x12”/22cmx30cm
White Empress Original Artwork #5 “The Empress" by Sarah Di Clement. Painted in acrylics. 12”x16”/30cmx40cm.
Album listening party in Paul’s studio Minneapolis Winterland. Be the first to hear the album and hang out with the band. Date and exact location TBC. Travel and accommodation not included.
Signed ESP Limited B50 Bass Guitar from Chela and White Empress. Played on “Rise Of The Empress”.
Have dinner white they’re on tour; hang out and chat with White Empress. Available only in the US mid-west
Spend a day demoing at Paul’s studio in Minneapolis, recording guitars and vocals. Get expert advise and walk away with the track at the end of the day. Travel not included.
The highest honour of them all…. your name listed as the executive producer of the debut album. Included is a Skype chat with the band, hand written lyric sheets, a framed presentation disk of the album, 10 signed CDs to share with your friends, tshirts, screen print lots of other things from the Empress.
White Empress gig at your event anywhere in the continental US, subject to a suitable venue being provided.