White Empress is a multi-talented band created by Paul Allender (ex- Cradle Of Filth) and Mary Zimmer (ex-Luna Mortis), The rest of the band are; Chela Harper (Coal Chamber), Jeremy Kohnmann, Will Graney (Damnation Angels), and Zac Morris. The band just released their début album ‘Rise Of The Empress‘ and is scheduled to play a handful of shows in the midwest this month, with the intention to expand to more dates in 2015.
Rise Of The Empress, embodies the darkness of Paul‘s guitar riffs, and the terrifying voice of Mary Zimmer, which is one of the most impressive aspects of this band, as Mary Zimmer grunting vocals are just fantastic to say the least. Which personally took me by surprised, as I never thought on listen to Mary on that way, her voice on this record is extreme, powerful and destructive all at the same time. Just listen to tracks like; The Congregation, A Prisoner Unleashed or Obsession With The Empress to understand how incredible her voice is on this album.
As a whole the album is a melting pot full of the different styles that the band members had brought to the table, you find; Metal, Industrial, Groove Metal, Symphonic Metal, and more. Even though their sound at times could evoke Cradle Of Filth pieces, or Coal Chamber grooves here and there, the result is unique and brings a new air to the metal genre in general. The density and heaviness is unique on each track, and Mary Zimmer knows how to turn each song into a freak show soundtrack (in the good way). Her voice combined with the elements of the rest of the band, make of White Empress a new, and unique experience that deserves to be check out.
Recently, The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Paul Allender, guitar player of White Empress. We chat about the new album, their upcoming tour, and what lies before them.
White Empress Tour Dates:
10/23 – Green Bay, WI @ Phat Headz
10/24 – Appleton, WI @ Capitol Centre Sports Bar and Grill
10/25 – Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
10/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
10/31 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
11/01 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency