Empress is an American metal quintet with a love of weaving grand tales over catchy and triumphant symphonic soundscapes.
Empress, who describe their intricate and energetic sound as “symphonic power metal”, might have just begun spreading their work in 2019, but have steadily gained recognition among insider circles for their unique blend of different styles.
Building on Blackthorne’s powerful, versatile vocal abilities in seamless combination with guitarist Khavin’s composition skills, the up- and-coming five-piece from Philadelphia, USA, manages to create a unique sonic world for listeners to explore, utilizing various orchestration techniques, genre-bending segues, and hard-hitting riffs that force listeners to simply bow before Empress.
Their critically-acclaimed debut album, titled “Fateweaver” and released in August 2022, which renowned mixing and mastering engineer Dan Swanö has characterized as one of his best works in melodic metal, carefully entwines musical universes and invites you to follow your imagination and fantasy.
Among Empress’ remarked past live performances, it is worth mentioning their album release show at Mad With Power Fest in Madison, WI, on the release day of “Fateweaver”, as well as them having shared the stage with bands such as Oceans of Slumber, Seven Spires, and Grim Reaper on their journey to conquering the symphonic metal stronghold with sophistication.