A quartet of unlikely colleagues drawn together by a common desire to create evocative and deeply meaningful music, Empyrean, have spent the last few years establishing themselves at the forefront of the Florida music scene with their 2006 self titled EP, an award winning music video for their song "Le Retour De Mere-Terre, and their latest full length release, “Resurrection Engine”. Empyrean has also embodied the DIY spirit undertaking multiple self funded east coast tours.
Moving away form the more commercial styling of their initial release, the band has drawn from its numerous obscure influences to create an intricate conceptual masterpiece that delves into oppressively dark alternative, inspiringly epic melodies, and crushing progressive metal riffs. These set the mood for the subversive and eccentric themes on reality, spiritualism, and the quests for knowledge and salvation that initially drew the band together. With the strong belief that any project is only worth the whole of it’s parts, Empyrean strives to tie their message together with a deep interweaving of symbology, both lyrically, and throughout the album and promotional art, as well as through the spectacle of their live show. This belief has proven quite successful in application, not only captivating audiences on tour across the east coast, but also winning the band supporting slots for such notable artists as: Black Light Burns, Horse the Band, Kylesa, The Ocean, Emmure, Evergreen Terrace, Green Jelly, Hate Eternal, Tyr, Alestorm, Suidakra, Oceano, Stick To Your Guns, Dark Castle, Black Cobra, The Absence, Massacre, Denial Fiend, and Dog Fashion Disco, among them.
“Resurrection Engine” explores the concept of a device that could in fact, force corporeal spiritual manifestation. In modern cultures death is viewed as an end to sentient life, but what if death was just the beginning? If man could unravel the mysteries of the world through communication with the deceased, aided and enhanced by technological advance, what would he find, and would we want to hear it? This “Resurrection Engine” would change the means by which we define life on earth, would provide the answer to questions as old as time itself, and could realize the final evolutionary stage of man.
Currently Empyrean is deeply involved in their forthcoming EP, Crowspeak.
Also Check us out our critically acclaimed video for "Le Retour De Mere-Terre" at www.youtube.com/empyreanmusic
Empyrean has also been featured on the following stations:
Orock 105.9 - Orlando, FL
101.1 WJRR - Orlando, FL
91.5 WPRK - Winter Park, FL
WGKN UCF RADIO - Orlando, FL
X101.5 WXSR - Tallahassee, FL
98 Rock - Tampa, FL
95.7 WHOG - Daytona Beach, FL
Rock 104 - Gainesville, FL
97X - Tampa, FL
Ricardo Martinez - Bass
Michael DeLancett - Guitar
Adam DeLancett - Vocals
David Paul Hindman - Percussion.
2004 - 3 Song Demo (Self Produced)
2006 - Empyrean EP (Self Produced)
July 2009- Resurrection Engine
Crowspeak (in progress)
Zippo Hot Tour Press Release
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MEDIA ALERT ZIPPO HOT TOUR HEATS UP IN ORLANDO FEATURING LOCAL FAVORITE: EMPYREAN WHAT: ...MEDIA ALERT
ZIPPO HOT TOUR HEATS UP IN ORLANDO
FEATURING LOCAL FAVORITE: EMPYREAN
The 2006 ZIPPO HOT TOUR features 80 bands across the nation competing for a chance to showcase their talent for Geffen Records, and over $100,000 in prizes is turning up the heat in Orlando. Representing Orlando, Empyrean will perform at one of the two showcases in Orlando in September to try and earn enough votes to advance to the finals. Music fans looking for the next big rock band can support their local music scene by attending the showcases voting for the band they want to see represent their city in the finals. At these shows, attendees will get to vote for the band that they want to go on to the national finals round later in the month– at which point votes will be cast online to find the hottest band in the nation amongst the ten finalists. This year the winner of the 2006 Zippo Hot Tour will also go on a 20 date national tour with one of the biggest and best rock acts in the world: Papa Roach. Additionally, Zippo will be on hand at the showcases giving away Zippo lighters, Beanies, T-shirts, Lanyards and more!
Hard. Tender. Schizophrenic. Hooky. Formed in 2001 Empyrean is many things, but above all, a band on the edge of the mainstream, with underground influences on the verge of breaking out. With blistering hooks and graceful melodies, their music covers everything frm high energy epics to dark, vibey introspection, and faces subject matter from religion, to society, relationships, and inner turmoil. - www.myspace.com/empyrean –
September 8th, 2006 8:00 P.M. – Aka Lounge – 68 East Pine Street – Orlando, FL 32801 – No Cover, 18+ – www.akalounge.com
INFO: For more information about the Zippo Hot Tour visit www.zippohottour.com.- or to schedule interviews contact: Keith Hagan or Jennifer Litt at PFA – 212-334-6116.
About The Zippo Hot Tour
The Zippo Hot Tour is a promotional marketing initiative to support the local music industry and provide rock groups with a platform to bring their music to a national audience. The program consists of a series of online and offline activities, including a fall music tour visiting 20 markets across the U.S. For more information on the Zippo Hot Tour contact Los Angeles based promotion agency, FUSE, at 323-871-9900 or go to www.zippohottour.com .
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Cd Release Party Review
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Empyrean EP Release (Music » Concerts/Events) Appearing Phoenix Mourning, Fire at Will, Since ...Empyrean EP Release
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Phoenix Mourning, Fire at Will, Since October, Symphony In The Courtyard
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By OW Staff
Local metallians Empyrean have been tooling around town in various incarnations since 2002, and their sound evinces the textured maturity that comes from years of trying valiantly to create a vibe that goes beyond metal clichés. With arrangements that are complex but melodic and a noticeable reliance on loud-soft dynamics, Empyrean clearly wishes to be tagged Orlando’s heavy-but-smart band. Vocalist Adam DeLancett employs that whole scream/growl thing that Cave In singer Stephen Brodsky uses to great effect. Visceral without being dumbed-down, intricate without being Dillinger Escape Plan and melodic without being too corny.
Taxi gives the Narcissist 8 out of 10!
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In a review by Taxi, the title track off of Empyrean's 6 song EP received an 8 out of 10 rating in r...In a review by Taxi, the title track off of Empyrean's 6 song EP received an 8 out of 10 rating in review.
Connections Magazine 4 Star Review
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The following review appears in the April '07 Issue of Connections Magazine: Empyrean Rating...The following review appears in the April '07 Issue of Connections Magazine:
by Paul Henning
Recorded at Trans Continental Studios, Empyrean must've sunk a lot of money into this project. The result is a solid metal / screamo record in the vein of bands like Atreyu and other artists you'd see on a label like Victory Records. Comet o think of it, Victory should look at these guys. We have to say this is on oe the better bands out of the ones doing this kind of thing. The sonic quality is good as well- and for what the band must've spent to record at TransCon, the sound better be good, unless they have access to the place through a member or something.
Rockstars Glued Interview
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1. How did you come up with the name "Empyrean"? THE NAME WAS ORIGINALLY COINED BY AN OLD BASS P...1. How did you come up with the name "Empyrean"?
THE NAME WAS ORIGINALLY COINED BY AN OLD BASS PLAYER OF OURS WHEN ADAM AND MYSLEF (MIKE) FIRST STARTED PLAYING TOGETHER AS A BAND. WE HAD BOTH BEEN IN PRIOR BANDS WITH REALLY WEAK AND SOMEWHAT MEANINGLESS NAMES AND AT THE TIME IT SEEMED LIKE THE MUSIC SCENE WAS SWAMPED WITH THE WHOLE BAND NAME WITH A NUMBER AFTER IT OR TWO ODDLY PLACED TOGETHER WORD TYPE NAMES. WE WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A BIT MORE EVOCATIVE AND MILDLY IRONIC. EMPYREAN ESSENTIALLY IS THE CONCEPT OF THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF HEAVEN IN MANY CULTURES IN WHICH AN ETERNAL CLEANSING FLAME BURNS. GIVEN THAT IMAGERY WE FELT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT ADEQUATELY DESCRIBED THE ROUGHER EDGES OF WHAT WE DO WHILE STILL HOLDING A LITTLE PLACE FOR THE MORE MELODIC PARTS, AND HAD A NICE LITTLE SARDONIC TASTE OF OUR SOCIO POLITCAL COMMENTARY TO BOOT.
2. How long have you been together as a band and how did you meet?
OUR CURRENT INCARNATION HAS BEEN KICKING AROUND FOR A LITTLE OVER A YEAR OR SO, BUT THAT'S A LITTLE MISLEADING AS WE DEFINITELY HAVE OUR ROOTS IN A FEW YEARS OF PRIOR LINE UPS AND REALLY LEARNING THE ROPES AND FINE TUNING SOME OF THE EARLIER MUSIC INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY. WE'VE DEFINITELY TRIED TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING THOUGH, AND HAVE PRETTY MUCH COME FARTHER THAN EVER IN THIS INCARNATION IN ABOUT HALF THE TIME. AS MUCH AS SOME PEOPLE MAY DISDAIN SOCIAL WEBSITES LIKE MYSPACE, I'D BE LYING IF WE DIDN'T SAY IT WAS REALLY THE BIRTHPLACE OF OUR LINE UP. PRIOR TO PLACING A FEW ADS ON THERE, WE HAD STRUGGLED WITH LINE UPS FOR YEARS. WITHIN A FEW WEEKS, WE MET OUR CURRENT MEMBERS, AND REALLY FOUND WE CLICKED ON A LEVEL THAT JUST DIDN'T FLOW BEFORE. IT'S LIKE THE ULTIMATE SCREENING SERVICE.
3. Who were your musical interests growing up?
THAT'S A TOUGH ONE REALLY. EVERY MEMBER OF THE BAND HAS A PRETTY ECLECTIC TASTE IN MUSIC RANGING OVER MANY GENRES. SPEAKING IN GENERAL WE DO TEND TO ALL CONVERGE ON THE OBVIOUS INFLUENCES OF HARD / ALT ROCK AND METAL. I (MIKE) GREW UP LOVING BANDS LIKE THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, NIRVANA, ALICE IN CHAINS ETC. I ALSO HAD A LOT OF EXPOSURE TO PUNK AND JAZZ IN MY MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. ADAM DEFINITELY GOT INTO MORE EXTREME METAL AND INDUSTRIAL BEFORE I EVER DID. OVERALL OUR TASTES ARE PRETTY SIMILAR THOUGH. WE BOTH LOVE THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, HAHA. DREW AND VICTOR BOTH HAVE A BIT MORE OF INFLUENCES RANGING IN CLASSIC ROCK, R&B, AND PROGRESSIVE ARTISTS. RUSH, DREAM THEATER AND THE SUCH. AND GEORGE TENDS TO BALANCE THE MIDDLE GROUND BETWEEN THOSE RANGES. WE ALL PRETTY MUCH LOVE TOOL. IN FACT WE JUST RESCHEDULED A SHOW AROUND THEIR CURRENT TOUR DATES.
4. Who does your writing? One person, or do you collaborate?
IT'S ACTUALLY A GOOD MIX OF THE TWO. TYPICALLY A SONG STARTS FOR US WITH A SINGLE OVERALL SONG IDEA, USUALLY EITHER MYSELF (MIKE) OR GEORGE BRINGING AN IDEA TO THE TABLE THAT ACTS AS A SKELETON FOR THE SONG. SOMETIMES ADAM LAYS DOWN SOME VOCAL IDEAS AROUND THAT SKELETON AND SOMETIMES HE WAITS UNTIL MORE IS GOING ON WITH IT. TYPICALLY WE BRING THAT SKELETON TO A PRACTICE AND THEN ALL KIND OF WRAP OUR HEADS AROUND IT AND JAM ON IT UNTIL IT SLOWLY EVOLVES IN A NEW DIRECTION AND EVERYONE HAS THEIR INPUT. THEN WE PRETTY MUCH JUST DO A BIT OF POST PRODUCTION AND ARRANGEMENT AND WORK OUT THE KINKS.
5. What is coming up for you guys? Plug away!
WE'RE CURRENTLY ABOUT TO PLAY A FEW SHOWS IN AN ATTEMPT TO OPEN FOR QUITE A FEW MAJOR ACTS ON EARTHDAY BIRTHDAY (AN ORLANDO AREA RADIO SPONSORED FESTIVAL). AFTER THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT A SHOWCASE ON THE FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL, AND THEN AS SUMMER ROLLS ON, WE'RE GOING TO BE HOPPING IN THE VAN AND TAKING A COUPLE WEEKS TO TOUR UP THE EAST COST AND MAYBE VENTURE A BIT OUT INTO THE MIDWEST.
6. What would you like to see change in the music industry?
BEING THAT BOTH DREW AND I HAVE MUSIC INDUSTRY JOBS WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE SUCCEED AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT. MY PERSONAL OPINION OVERALL IS THAT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS CHANGING RATHER RAPIDLY THOUGH, AND THOUGH IT MAY NOT BE GOING THE DIRECTIONS OF MILLION DOLLAR ALBUM BUDGETS, I THINK IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE OVERALL ART. THE RAPID ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET HAVE REALLY GIVEN POWER TO INDEPENDENT ARTISTS TO HAVE THEIR MUSIC HEARD, AND INDIE LABELS ARE SLOWLY BECOMING MORE AND MORE POWERFUL, AND THAT SORT OF OPEN MIND APPROACH IS GOING TO BRING A LOT OF MUSICAL INNOVATION, EVEN IF YOU DO HAVE TO PERSONALLY FILTER THROUGH A BIT MORE CRAP HERE AND THERE. OVERALL I'D SAY PROBABLY THE THING WE'D LIKE TO SEE CHANGE MOST IS TOP 40 RADIO / MEDIA BEGIN TO REFLECT THE OVERALL MIDSET OF THE CURRENT UNDERGROUND, AND REALLY, FOR MAJOR LABELS TO GET THE HINT THAT PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO HEAR RECYCLED BANDS THAT ARE COPIES OF COPIES OF THE CLASSICS WE LOVE, THAT WERE STILL PRETTY MAINSTREAM WHEN THEY WERE CLASSICS. IT OFTEN FEELS LIKE THE INDUSTRY IS STUCK TOO MUCH IN THE MONEY MAKING GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY KNOW MINDSET INSTEAD OF MAKING A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND STILL PRESENTING QUALITY MUSIC. IT CAN'T BE THAT HARD, IT'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL AS HELL IN THE PAST.
7. In your opinion, what is the music scene like in ORLANDO, Florida?
THE MUSIC SCENE IN ORLANDO IS A VERY COMPLEX BEAST. BEING A FAIRLY LARGE CITY THAT'S SPREAD OUT WE RUN INTO THE PROS AND CONS OF BOTH LARGE AND SMALL CITIES. THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT CLUBS IN TOWN THAT REALLY HANG IN THERE FOR THE LOCAL MUSICIAN, BUT PARTICULARLY IN THE HEAVIER FORMATS WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF VENUES GOING UNDER OR CHANGING TO BE MORE DANCE CLUB ORIENTED. A VERY POPULAR BAR IN TOWN THAT USED TO HOST LIVE MUSIC HAS BECOME STRICTLY A RADIO AND DJ PLAYBACK VENUE THAT SUCKS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD PROBABLY OTHERWISE BE SEEING LIVE SHOWS OUT OF BARS. WE ALSO TEND TO RUN INTO A LOT MORE LOCALIZED CROWDS THAT DON'T TRAVEL A WHOLE LOT TO SEE BANDS. YOU HAVE TO PLAY OUT QUITE A BIT ALL OVER THE CITY BEFORE YOU START DRAWING ANYONE TO A SHOW. IT'S REALLY A SHAME IN A WAY, THERE ARE A LOT OF INCREDIBLY TALENTED BANDS THAT NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY DESPITE YEARS OF EFFORT, AND EVERYWHERE I GO PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE THE STIPULATION THAT THE LOCAL SCENE SUCKS, EVEN THOUGH WHEN I LOOK, I CAN FIND TALENT IN ALMOST ANY GENRE ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK. I REALLY THINK IT BOILS DOWN TO A LACK OF SUPPORT AND EXPOSURE WITH A FEW NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS. A PERFECT EXAMPLE IS THE BAND TRIVIUM. WHEN THEY WERE A LOCAL BAND, THEY WOULD PLAY SHOWS IN THIS LITTLE CLUB DOWN THE STREET FROM OUR HOUSE. OBVIOUSLY THOSE GUYS ARE INCREDIBLY TALENTED PLAYERS AND WHENEVER WE'D SEE THEM NO MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE WOULD BE IN THE PLACE. AFTER SIGNING A DEAL AND LEAVING THE AREA THOUGH, THEY'VE BECOME A FLAGSHIP ROADRUNNER BAND INTERNATIONALLY ON TOUR WITH METALLICA, MAIDEN, AND MANY MORE AND PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THEY'RE FROM ORLANDO.
8. Make your own Concert Bill. Who would be on it, and why?
I (MIKE) WOULD HAVE TO SAY TOOL. THEIR LIVE SHOW IS THE COOLEST PRODUCTION I'VE EVER SEEN. I'D ALSO HAVE TO PLACE OPETH ON THERE, AS MUSICALLY, THEY ARE INCREDIBLY INNOVATIVE, AND THEIR LIVE SHOW IS FLAWLESS. ADAM WOULD PROBABLY SAY AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE AS HE'S TRIED TO SEE THEM MANY TIMES TO NO AVAIL. HAHA. I THINK WE COULD ALL PRETTY MUCH AGREE ON DREAM THEATRE, METALLICA, LAMB OF GOD. THERE'S REALLY SO MANY AWESOME BANDS AROUND, WHEN YOU REALLY LOVE MUSIC, IT'S HARD TO NAIL DOWN A GOOD LINE UP WITHOUT IMMEDIATELY THINKING OF SOMEONE ELSE WHO DESERVES TO BE THERE JUST AS MUCH.
9. Where do you see yourselves as a band in 5 years?
I LIVE UNDER THE DAYDREAM THAT ONE DAY WE WILL IN FACT BE ON THE ROAD, PLAYING FOR NEW PEOPLE, TO LARGE CROWDS, IN NEW AND INTERESTING PLACES EVERY NIGHT AND MAKING A DECENT LIVING AT IT. I THINK MOST OF US HAVE A PRETTY SOBER APPROACH ULTIMATELY THOUGH. WE JUST WANT OUR MUSIC TO BE HEARD AND WE'D LIKE TO SEE A CONTRACT THAT WOULD PROVIDE US A COMFORTABLE LIVING TO SUPPORT A DEEPER FOCUS IN OUR ART. NONE OF US REALLY ASPIRE TO BE MILLIONARES OR PORN STARS. EXCEPT VICTOR, WHO MOST PEOPLE ASSUME ALREADY IS THE LATTER. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE ON A LABEL THAT WILL GIVE US ARTISTIC FREEDOM WITH OUR DIRECTION, INDUSTRY RESPECT, AND FAN RECOGNITION THOUGH, AND WE'RE WORKING HARD AT GETTING THERE.
10. How do you promote your band and shows?
THE SHORT VERSION IS THE INTERNET AGAIN IS A POWERFUL TOOL. EVERYTHING FROM ONE OF OUR MULTIPLE WEBSITES TO INSTANT MESSAGES AND TEXT MESSAGING. WE FLYER AND PRINT POSTERS FOR PRETTY MUCH EVERY SHOW, AND TRY TO BEFRIEND AS MANY LOCAL BANDS AND MUSIC LOVERS AS WE CAN COME ACROSS. THE BEST WAY IT SEEMS IN THIS TOWN TO SUCCEED IS THROUGH A GREAT NETWORK OF MUTUAL SUPPORT, AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BRING ANYONE TO YOUR SHOWS, UNLESS YOU GO TO SOMEONE ELSES. LATELY, WE'VE ALSO BEEN PURSUING A LITTLE DEEPER PRINT AND REVIEW PRESS THOUGH. AND IT'S GREAT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE VIA THE INTERNET ARE ABLE TO REALLY HAVE GREAT TOUCH WITH BANDS YOU WOULD OTHERWISE NEVER HEAR OF. IT'S ALSO VERY HUMBLING IN A RESPECT, AS YOU QUICKLY REALIZE HOW VERY MANY PEOPLE SHARE YOUR DREAM, AND ARE BRIMMING WITH TALENT, AND ANYONE THAT SUCCEEDS IN THEIR ENDEAVOURS SHOULD REALLY FEEL BLESSED THAT THE MAGIC HAPPENED FOR THEM, EVEN THOUGH I'M SURE A LOT OF WORK WENT INTO IT.
11.Fill in the Blank: Hello, My name is JOE and I am a great SAUSAGE FACTORY EMPLOYEE.
12. What has been the most memorable moment for you as a band?
THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE A TOSS UP. PLAYING OUR FIRST SHOW TO A FULL HOUSE FOR THE ZIPPO HOT TOUR SEMI FINALS WAS A PRETTY AWESOME MOMENT. UP UNTIL THAT POINT WE HAD VIRTUALLY NO NAME IN TOWN, AND REALLY GOT THEIR BY THE GRACE OF GREAT FRIENDS. THOSE OF US ON THE STUDIO END WOULD PROBABLY SAY LONG RIDICULOUS NIGHTS WORKING ON MUSIC IN A POP STUDIO AND A HILARIOUS ENCOUNTER WITH ART GARFUNKELS SON. THE OVERALL SATISFACTION OF RECEIVING A COMPLETED CD OF YOUR OWN MUSIC , SWEAT, AND BLOOD IN THE MAIL WAS PRETTY EXHILIRATING AS WELL.
13. What do you feel that myspace has done for unsigned bands?
HAHA, WELL AS MUCH AS WE'VE KISSED A LOT OF MYSPACE ASS WE DO FEEL THAT THERE'S UP AND DOWNSIDES TO IT. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF MYSPACE, WE GOT A LOT OF RECEPTIVE PEOPLE AND EXPOSURE TO PEOPLE HUNGRY FOR NEW MUSIC AND OPEN TO EXPLORING. IT DEFINITELY PROVIDES A GREAT TOOL FOR MANAGING CONTACT WITH FANS, BOOKING, AND EXPOSURE AND PROVIDES A WEBSITE HUB FOR PEOPLE WHO COULD OTHERWISE NOT AFFORD ONE. INSTANT FEEDBACK. THE DOWNSIDE LATELY SEEMS TO BE THAT IT REALLY IS BOGGED DOWN WITH A LOT OF SPAMMING AND BANDS THAT COULD PROBABLY BENEFIT FROM SOME MORE EXPERIENCE AND TIME INVESTMENT, AND THAT SEEMS TO REALLY HAVE SLOWED DOWN THE EXPOSURE RATE AND MINDSET. I EVEN FIND MYSELF GETTING IRRITATED AT THE 19TH BAND REQUEST OF THE DAY, SO I CAN IMAGINE SOMEONE NOT IN THAT "GOTTA" PROMOTE MY BAND" MINDSET WOULD BE HIGHLY TURNED OFF BY IT.
14. What was your most favorite song to record? Could you give us a funny studio story?
PROBABLY THE MOST RIDICULOUS SONG TO RECORD WAS THE NARCISSIST. THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON IN THAT SONG THAT IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET IT TO COME TOGETHER AND REALLY MIX IT DOWN TO ANY SORT OF CLARITY. WE WERE SO AFRAID IT WAS JUST GOING TO BE THIS GIANT CLUSTERFUCK OF A SONG. GEORGE GOT IN THE STUDIO AND FIGURED OUT WHAT HE'D BEEN PLAYING WASN'T REALLY WORKING AND PRETTY MUCH WROTE THE ENTIRETY OF HIS PART ON THE FLY. ON THE PLAY END WE HAD JUST GOTTEN A LOT OF REALLY NICE EQUIPMENT IN THE STUDIO FROM A FORMER DEFUNCT BAND THAT WAS ON THE STUDIOS LABEL. WE GOT TO PLAY A LOT WITH THE BASS TONE ON AN SVT CLASSIC AMP. WE REALLY JUST GOT TO DO A LOT OF EXPERIMENTING AND LAYERS AND THE FINAL RESULT WAS REALLY SATISFYING WHEN IT ALL CAME TOGETHER.
15. Where is your MOST favorite place to play a show?
IN ORLANDO WE REALLY LIKE THE AKA LOUNGE AND THE BACKBOOTH. THEY'RE BOTH FAIRLY MID SIZED VENUES AND THE PEOPLE THERE REALLY HAVE THE SOUND UNDER CONTROL. THE VIBE IS COOL. PEOPLE ACTUALLY TRAVEL A BIT TO SEE US IN THOSE VENUES. THEY ALWAYS DO RIGHT BY US.
16. As always, the last question........What does music mean to you?
ABOVE ALL ELSE, MUSIC IS ABOUT EXPRESSION. SO MANY BANDS MISS THAT THESE DAYS. EVEN IF YOU'RE PLAYING STRAIGHT AHEAD BUBBLEGUM POP, THE WAY YOU BECOME HUGE IS TO TOUCH YOUR AUDIENCE. IF THEY DON'T CARE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, OR YOU AREN'T SAYING ANYTHING, THEN WHY ARE YOU PRETENDING TO BE AN ARTIST? YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE JOHN PETRUCCI OR STEVE VAI. YOU CAN SAY SOMETHING WITH 3 CHORDS. JUST SAY SOMETHING. MUSIC IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIVERSALLY UNDERSTOOD ARTFORMS, ONE OF THE FEW WHERE THERE IS REALLY AN INNATE UNIVERSAL REACTION TO EMOTION. YOU CAN COMMUNICATE COMPLEX EMOTIONAL STATEMENTS, NOT JUST LOVE, OR HAPPINESS, OR SADNESS OR ANGER. COMPLEX ALMAGATIONS OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS AND EVERY LITTLE TOUCH IN BETWEEN. YOU CAN BE AS SCHIZO AS YOU LIKE, YOU CAN BE ANGRY, DEPRESSED, MOURNFUL, AND YET STILL HOPEFUL IN A SONG. YOU CAN BE HAPPY BECAUSE YOU FEEL THAT HIGH OF ENERGY AFTER TELLING SOMEONE OFF AND FINALLY ENJOYING YOURSELF. YOU CAN BE IN LOVE AND UPSET AND CONFUSED AND STILL CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE. WHILE WE ALL LOVE MANY DIFFRENT KINDS OF ART, MUSIC REALLY JUST SEEMS TO BE THE MOST DIRECT, THE MOST RELATABLE. IT'S SOMETHING IN THE BONES OF EVERY PERSON, IT TOUCHES US ON SOME INSTINCTUAL LEVEL WITH A POWER NOTHING ELSE REALLY TOUCHES.
Interview from MetalRevolution.net
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Empyrean (USA) Interview with Adam DeLancett and Mike DeLancett www.myspace.com/empyrean Empy...Empyrean (USA)
Interview with Adam DeLancett and Mike DeLancett
Empyrean is a band from Orlando, FL whose EP received a standing ovation by truly yours. You can read the review of Empyrean here.
Therefore we were please to conduct the interview with this promising band that seems to have bright future ahead of them. So sit back and read about the all the different aspects of if involvement in the Empyrean that the band members have, about how they got together, about where does that name come from and of course about future plans for the band.
MR: Can you start of by introducing the band and telling us bit more about the band?
Mike DeLancett: As our current line up stands Adam DeLancett is the vocalist, I, Mike DeLancett am the Guitarist, Victor Randle is the bassist, and Drew Brome is on drums. We’re in the process of auditioning some additional second guitarists with the departure of our other one freshly on the maps, but we’ve got some pretty solid leads. As Far juicy tidbits? Adam and I are brothers, I’m 2 years older. And we started the band when I came back from College to go to a music engineering school in town. Both of us had been in and out of bands through high school, though ironically, we were both the guys who joined last as our friends pressured us into it. I started as a bass player in the school jazz band and Adam literally was asked to join a band because he was the loudest person they knew who could yell.
MR: Can you tell us more about more about the band’s name?
MD: Haha, trust me we get that a lot. It’s always a tough question because in current usage, Empyrean has such a distinct Judeo-Christian slant as the highest level of heaven in which God dwells. But our original intention in using it was pulled from a concept that seems to transcend many different religions and is best summed in Aristotle’s natural philosophy as a transcendent realm occupied by a pure and cleansing fire. Essentially; a place where anything but the purest and strongest character would burn away.
MR: Can you try to describe Empyrean music?
MD: If anything I would call it schizophrenic. Each of us pulls from pretty different backgrounds that all cross over in the same places. I’m sure people who know us, or know where we come from musically can pick those pieces out of our music, but it reigns from pretty extremely heavy, particularly in our newer material, to very melodic, and I’ve always felt, very fluidly genre hops. For instance, one of our newer tracks like "Firewalker" is based in a lot of off time syncopation based riffs and pulls a lot from eastern music influences. And then something like "Gods and Idols" will reflect a strong punk background that I grew up in. Our Ipod’s look like clusterfucks. We all just listen to so many different things.
MR: Who are your biggest influences?
Adam DeLancett: As far as taste goes musically, we all differ. I think a couple of big names I can drop would be Alice in Chains, Tool, and Opeth across the board. We all really love vibey, thought provoking tunes and those guys have it nailed. Drew is all about Dream Theatre, Megadeth, and pretty much any other band that plays something challenging on the drums. I dig on a lot of heavier bands like Dimmu-Borgir and Swedish acts like Mnemic and The Haunted, as well as industrial acts like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. I also love melodic bands like Bad Religion and Type O Negative, bands with singers who have distinct voices and sing their asses off, but still have a lot to say as well. Vic enjoys the musicianship of classic performers like Victor Wooten and Mozart, Empyrean gives him a place to vent his nasty side and wear his Iron Maiden shirts. Mike loves weird shit—from Big Black to The Mars Volta to Gojira—if it’s new or out of the ordinary or just plain well done, Mike probably owns the CD.
MR: Can you tell us bit about your self titled EP, which we had pleasure of reviewing here at MR?
AD: We released it about two years ago when we were still pretty young as a band. It was self recorded/ produced at Trans Continental Studios during downtime prior to Lou Pearlman’s recent indictment. The material on here is all stuff that Mike and I worked on independently and then presented to the band to round out. Conceptually it deals with social issues like Religion and our generation’s obsession with image, as well as some personal issues I have. Our newer material digs a bit deeper into those issues, delving into some more intense experiences I have had with spirituality and the occult and how those experiences have shaped my perception. Also the new material you can catch live shows off the creative talents of Drew and Vic, and I think is a little more rounded as far as our collaborative vision of Empyrean Goes. Which isn’t to say that the EP is inferior and you shouldn’t buy it… please... buy it!
MR: Is there a possibility that this self released EP will be released on some label?
MD: I suppose there’s a vague chance, we’re looking at a few distribution options at the moment, but we’ve already got quite a bit of new material we’re anxious to record. I think if anything, you might see some of our favourite cuts pulled, and redone, with an actual budget, and the beauty of me not sitting in the studio wearing all the hats that entails, on a full length.
MR: I can understand that the band members have many more roles that "just" playing in the band. You do the production, websites, cover designs etc yourselves. Can you tell us how does that effect the final output and do you feel that you are more in control when doing things yourselves?
MD: I would say most definitely. There are so many bands that are just screaming for a label to come pick up their cookie cutter interpretation of something else that’s currently popular. But in a way, I think that’s one of my greatest fears. Don’t get me wrong, if there’s a label reading this, we do want your support, haha, it just seems that the music industry is still very much in a pop production mentality and trying to sell the hell out of something until they kill it, instead of letting bands be who they are, and signing talent instead of products. Further, I think one of the major caveats of the industry, is people think "If I only had a manager I wouldn’t have to do all this", but more often than not, we find with very limited exception that those people have very little perspective on your music, your art really, and do you want someone who doesn’t bleed your message trying to sell it?
AD: I look at the band like it’s my baby, and I wouldn’t want anyone else taking care of my kids, right? I was a graphic design major for several years and my most satisfying work has always been for Empyrean. Having a DIY band like this means that what you are seeing is the whole package; the music inspires the lyrics inspires the art, and so on. All of our T-shirt designs tie in directly with the lyrical content of our songs. The same goes for a lot of our flyers. People see our designs and they’re like "wow that looks cool", but all of that imagery is pulled directly from my head, and the things I see when I hear the music. It’s like a diagram of my soul on paper, not just a gun and some brass knuckles or a pirate ship or some bullshit like that. Doing all of our own booking and production in house really makes us own our band, and I think it shows in what we do. At the end of the day I may not have money or a contract or a mansion, but I have the satisfaction of knowing I don’t owe my success to anyone but myself and the other three assholes in the back of the van!
MR: What is the band currently up to?
MD: Right now we’re in the process of bringing a new guitarist up to speed, and hopefully put a little more dazzle on our newer work. We’ve worked with some talented people in the past, but like all bands, it takes that perfect personality to round things out and grow forward, instead of grow apart. So we’re pretty focused on that at the moment.We’re also trying to do as much as we can to build our individual press to set up some label submissions, and perhaps find our way onto some tour slots with more established bands. In June we’ll be playing a few dates with a really incredible German band, The Ocean, so we’re pretty hyped about that. I think all in all we’re pretty much aiming to make a full length, and in the same time span, have someone fund it so we can get the production out of it that we’ve always missed otherwise.
AD: We’re also chronically playing out as far as our money will take us, gas is really killing us! And we’re writing new material.MR: What are your plans and expectations for 2008? AD: To keep doing what works, and find something to fix what doesn’t! To continue reaching out to touring acts and other awesome bands and play to as many new faces as we can. We’ve learned to never expect anything; it keeps us good and grounded.
MR: Do you have some final remarks for the readers of metal-revolution.com?
MD: If you love metal, hell, if you love music, GO SEE LOCAL BANDS LIVE! You guys are the underground music scene, and those bands, are the underground bands. It’s awesome if you by the CDs, and rep the shirts, but without you, we’re nothing, and you’ll never hear a CD come out of us. There are so many great bands kicking around that just don’t fit in today’s radio market, and the only way they’ll get anywhere is if the audience stops complaining, and goes out to the shows.
AD: And for those of you who do, Thank you!! There’s a lot of shit talking and pretension in any scene, but if you truly love music for what it is and you support it, guess what? You’re the real deal. You should be proud of it.
Interview done by Zoka
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Singer and Guitarist for Empyrean MR: What makes you laugh? MD: Irony. There’s rarely anything f...Singer and Guitarist for Empyrean
MR: What makes you laugh?
MD: Irony. There’s rarely anything funnier when someone says or does something only to immediately have it turned around on them. It’s very satisfying. We’re a strange group, the best of low brow humor usually works for all of us. Shocking, dirty, offensive jokes. And on the flipside I would say really dry and sarcastic humor. Sometimes you just have to learn to laugh at life. Otherwise you’ll never make it.
AD: I always end up laughing in movies like Sin City or The Devils Rejects when someone is getting exactly what they deserve. I don’t think is humorous, I just get this sick kick out of it. What’s really funny is how awkward it makes the person sitting next to you feel.
MR: What can really piss you off?
MD: Ego. Particularly unjustified. In the music industry there seems to be a lot of it going around. From the lowliest booking guy and local bands to the biggest acts. It’s like, get off your high horse, you’re just a human being who does something for a living. I suppose it’s inevitable in some circles, but as a very self depreciating band, we find a certain amount of humility a lot more appealing. I think we could also pretty much say, ignorance. Have you seen these "Biblically Correct" tours? There’s this company that actually takes kids through museums and tells them why all the science is wrong, and that Tyrannosaurus Rex was a vegetarian! I’m all about having your individual beliefs, but you’ve got to apply some logic when staring down the gaping maw of 12 inch pointed teeth. People just choose not to know any better. But I suppose at times you could file that under what makes us laugh too.
MR: What was you most embarrassing experience on the stage?
MD: That’s hard. There’s a lot of funny things that happen on stage, but none of us embarrass too easily. In reality, probably the most embarrassing moments, are when you have an off night, or break a string. When you just feel like you got owned by another band and shouldn’t have under normal circumstances. But for the sake of humor, I’ll say, accidentally choking on my own hair when a large section of it went into my mouth and down my throat. I just pulled it out soaking wet, there had to be at least a good 8 inches down my throat.
AD: I once performed a whole set with my fly down. My girlfriend was mortified. Looking back it was really funny. I don’t think anyone should take themselves too seriously, and that’s the perfect example why: one day, you’re going to do something stupid! And if you built yourself up to be this untouchable image, it’s going to hurt that much more.
MR: The best thing about being in Empyrean?
MD: Making music we enjoy, on our terms, with no one to answer to, and finding out that people enjoy it.
MR: The worst thing about being in Empyrean?
MD: When the lights go out at the end of the month because the power bill is late again.
Empyrean Ep Review from MetalRevolution.net
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Empyrean Self-released, 2006 Empyrean’s self-released EP consists of six songs that for some rea...Empyrean
Empyrean’s self-released EP consists of six songs that for some reason had a very nostalgic effect on me even though I cannot put a finger on it as to why.
The Orlando based quartet presents itself in a good manner with this release that doesn’t offer something original, but nevertheless manages to impress.
So how do they do that?
Mainly with the feeling and emotion that basically all the songs burst with. The opener "The Narcissist" starts of with a melodic riff and some almost growling vocals that shortly after change to very melodic ones and it is in those melodies that one of the biggest strengths of this band lies. Together with the bombastic "Crutch", this is the most aggressive track on Empyrean.
Throughout the whole EP the band changes between more aggressive parts and those very melodic with ease, and while their technical abilities don’t lack anything, the focus of the band’s songs is not on proving their technical abilities, but rather on the overall feel.
This results in songs that at all times present the emotional landscapes - and isn’t that what music is all about?
"Gods & Idols" is as melodic and energetic as it gets without being cheesy. "Under" is almost a ballad with breathtaking melodies that burst with emotion and an irresistible mixture of naivety and vunerability.
"A Hope and A Prayer" and "Under (revisited)" feel a bit more like space fillers, but the first of the two is not a bad song and the second is a good acoustic version of "Under", but it misses that great energy in the chorus that the original has.
Each song on the EP has some outstanding melodies that are interpreted very well by the band’s singer Adam DeLancett.
The self-produced album sounds good enough, but in the hands of a professional producer this album would have another dimension. For some reason, I am thinking of Michael Wagner as a perfect producer for a band like this, despite the fact that they might not be the typical "Wagner-band". Also, the somewhat too large gap between the melodic and growling vocals would sound much more natural if produced by someone like Wagner.
And after hearing this EP at least 10 times, I still cannot put a finger on what is it in their music that awakens the nostalgic feelings inside me. Usually it is only the bands that I’ve been listening to when I was growing up that manage to affect me in this way. But in the end, good music should be something that is hard to describe with words. With a more experienced producer who has a great sense for the detail/whole and by daring to experiment a bit more (like many of their influences do) this band could grow into something very special.
L.A. Rock City Review
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L.A Review – Rock City Vol.26, No 3, March 1, 2008 – Pg. 12 by: Russ Rodriguez Recently I...L.A Review – Rock City Vol.26, No 3,
March 1, 2008 – Pg. 12 by: Russ Rodriguez
Recently I got a copy of Orlando, Florida based punk / rock / metal band Empyrean’s self-titled EP. Produced by the group and recorded at Trans Continental Studios in O-town this band delivers a professionally composed disc that by far has the grounds of breaking through the industry. Formed by brothers Mike (guitar) and Adam DeLancett (vocals), and rounded off by drummer Drew Brome, bassist Victor Randle, and Auber Benjamin Alonzo-Lopez on guitar, this outfit of musicians have captured a must have disc in your collection. With songs like The Narcissist, Under, and A Hope and A Prayer this band will leave you wanting more and you will get that with tracks Gods and Idols, Crutch, and Under (revisited). Be sure to check the band out at www.myspace.com/Empyrean and let them know what you think.
A typical set list for us currently spans around 45 minutes and 9-10 songs, not including covers. Our current set looks something like this:
Nature of The Beast
Gods & Idols
La Retour De Mere-Terre
Typical Cover repertoire for us ranges from Heavy Prog Rock to metal, and most likely a latter version of the former.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.