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Dead Empires

Dead Empires is a three-piece heavy instrumental progressive metal band from the Hudson Valley, NY. aka, Loud.

"Dead Empires sound like what Cloudkicker could’ve been in an alternate universe in which Ben Sharp was influenced by doomy, stoney High on Fire riffs instead of atmospheric post rock and Meshuggah… with a few extra bong rips thrown in for good measure. The Hudson Valley, NY instrumental three-piece brings it hard on their latest offering Waiting in Waves, and this new, previously unreleased track offers a taste of what’s in store on their soon-to-be-released next effort."

"Dead Empires are an instrumental 3 piece that uses just the right Shred To Jam ratio. Whenever someone asks me about this band I usually say “It’s sort of like Russian Circles, with more balls”. I recommend you see them live to get the full effect, and to see their massive balls."

"they continue to do what comes naturally; they push their own boundaries, the boundaries of heavy music, and the expectations of people who may or may not have ever heard their name before. They take their craft seriously; even if they don’t take themselves seriously." -Sorrow Eternal Blog

While the band is instrumental, they choose not to label themselves as such- the music is organic, natural, passionate- combining a wide range of influences to produce a sound that sways from epic, ethereal soundscapes to post-rock riffs, rounded out with good old fashioned sludgy heaviness. After experimenting with several lineup changes over the past five years (including a dual-drummer period) the band has found it's sonic sweet spot as a three-piece. But the genre-bending intensity of the bands’ live shows that has earned them the most acclaim.

“Secret Snakes/Silent Serpent”, the band’s newest effort, is slated for a 2/3/15 release. The 6-song album was recorded in the summer of 2014 at The Isokon Studios in Woodstock NY once again by D. James Goodwin (Devo, Murder by Death, Thursday, Kaki King, Norah Jones), thanks in part to the grand prize from winning the 2013 Hudson Valley Battle of the Bands. The album features art by Revolution Dream Design ( and a contribution by Nick Lee of Moon Tooth (


Their first full-length album “WAITING IN WAVES" (2012), also recorded by D. James Goodwin, was funded in part to a successful kickstarter campaign and received high praise (“8/10! Memorable, entertaining, intricate and compelling” -Decibel Magazine #97, Nov 2012) and is available on 12" colored vinyl or digital download.


The band has also released “MONUMENTS” EP (2010), recorded by Will Riggs at Bigg Rigg Studios and mastered by Bumblefoot (Guns N' Roses, that was available as a deluxe limited-edition CD, hand-numbered and assembled by the band with exclusive art and bonus track; a 2-song "SUMMER 2011 DEMO" (2011); and in 2014 the band featured an exclusive song in the "NYC Sucks" Compilation put out by

The band is currently available for bookings across the north east US. For booking information, please contact