Debut full-length opus of masterful and atmospheric extremity from Cradle Of Filth's Paul Allender. "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..." - Dom Lawson - Metal Hammer (UK) White Empress' debut full-length album of forbidden delights, titled 'Rise of the Empress', The album was recorded in White Empress' studio and has been mixed and mastered by veteran producer, Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Cradle Of Filth.), Formed by guitarist Paul Allender - previously of UK titans Cradle of Filth - and with a full band line-up, this new venture into the metal landscape under the moniker of White Empress exudes the depth and ferocity of his prior work whilst pushing new boundaries, Paul's signature razor-sharp riffing and epic, melodic twists and turns compliment the sumptuously alluring and often demonic voice of Mary Zimmer (Luna Mortis) to create a masterclass in savage yet uplifting metallic darkness, 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 into one band, The music is hard, but emotive, White Empress' unique style and sound is bringing fresh life to the music scene that it's been crying out for." White Empress comprise: Paul Allender, formerly the main guitarist and songwriter in Cradle of Filth, vocalist Mary Zimmer from Luna Mortis, 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, This edition of 'Rise of the Empress' is presented in a jewel case with a slipcase.
Cat No: CDVILEF545
Packaging: CD Slipcase Pack
Debut of the EmpressBy: Kevin on 27 December 2015After emigrating to USA from UK, Paul Allender began a side project during what began as an agreed "much needed two year break" from Cradle of Filth after the release of Manticore and Other Horrors. The self-titled 4 track EP 'White Empress' was released (written and composed by Paul Allender and Martin Skaroupka) and peaked interest from Cradle fans and a local following in the US yet interestingly was highly acclaimed by even the harshest music industry critics across the board mainly for it's fresh approach to the Metal genre. Around this time Paul Allender decided to call it quits with Cradle of Filth after nearly twenty years, start a recording studio and make White Empress a full time band. 'Rise of the Empress' is their first full length album released on the Peaceville UK label. The album is a complete departure from Cradle of Filth though maintaining the heavy metal/punk riffs Paul is known for. The addition of harsh and clean vocals by Mary Zimmer and Bass player Chela Rhea Harper bring a strong sound to the table with a strange mixture of keys from Will Graney. Backing guitar duties are held by Jeremy Kohnmann with Zac Morris on drums. The storyline is built around the 'White Empress' making it a "concept album" of sorts holding to a theme. This album is well worth a listen and quite interesting with some totally unique takes on symphonic death metal. That said, it takes a few listens to get the idea but worth the effort as it chugs along heavily in parts with some varied and unexpected changes . Stand out tracks 'Obsession with the Empress', 'Fall of the Old Guard', 'Ours to Burn' and 'Rise of the Empress' (instrumental).