Crown the Empire share release date for ‘Sudden Sky,’ drop the animated music video for ‘MZRY’

Just when fans thought Crown the Empire was releasing standalone singles to satisfy their desire for new music, the group comes back with a major announcement. On Wednesday (June 19), the Texas-founded band announced the impending release of their fourth studio album. Titled Sudden Sky, the record is due out July 19 through Rise Records.

Pre-orders for the forthcoming release are available for purchase here. Sudden Sky is the follow-up to the group’s 2016 studio effort, Retrograde.

“Our new album Sudden Sky is a digital representation of who we are at this moment in time,” Crown the Empire said in a press statement.

“It captures our innermost fears and anxieties while questioning humanity and the chaos of the world we live in today. This urgent search for meaning taught us that the only way to truly be human is to be vulnerable. ‘Sudden chance and destruction will lead to your liberation.'”

To coincide with the new album announcement, the four-piece unleashed the animated music video for the record’s latest single “MZRY.” The four-minute clip follows the protagonist as he tries to get his head to quiet down long enough for him to rest. Finding no way of getting the thoughts to stop, he starts to take smiley pills which give him nothing but hallucinations and crappy side effects, which include humongous bats and creepy butterflies.

Watch the music video for “MZRY” above.

“MZRY” join previously released tracks “Sudden Sky,” “what am i,” and “20/20.”

In support of Sudden Sky, Crown the Empire will embark on a summer tour with Attila, Veil of Maya, Gideon HAWK, and Life Right Now. The 23-stop outing begins on July 26 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and concludes a month later on Aug. 25 at the House of Blues in San Diego.

The full list of tour dates can be found here while the complete track listing for Sudden Sky can be found below.


1. “(X)”
2. “20/20”
3. “what i am”
4. “BLURRY (out of place)”
5. “Red Pills”
6. “MZRY”
7. “Under the Skin”
9. “March of the Ignorant”
10. “Sudden Sky”

Crown the Empire releases ‘Sudden Sky,’ announces late summer tour dates

Crown the Empire just surprised everyone by announcing a brand new tour, and it’s closer than you think. On Wednesday (June 5), the Texas-founded quartet unveiled plans to embark on a late summer excursion. Dubbed Ragefest, the trek will find the band performing at venues across the country throughout July and August.

Ragefest will include stops in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Tucson, Norfolk, and more. The 23-stop outing begins on July 26 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and concludes a month later on Aug. 25 at the House of Blues in San Diego.

Attila, Veil of Maya, Gideon HAWK, and Life Right Now will join Crown the Empire on the forthcoming tour. A limited number of VIP packages are available on the group’s website. General ticket sales begin this Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. local time.

In addition to the summer tour news, the four-piece also released the music video for a brand new track. Titled “Sudden Sky,” the band reveals that the song is about the general public’s obsession with technology and instant gratification thanks in part to social media and or unlimited access to the internet.

“Today, our society is being shaped by the digital revolution,” begins the band’s statement.

“Technology is growing at an exponential rate. Humans are more connected than ever before. Unlimited information is in the palm of our hands. But there’s something wrong…we’ve become emotionally disconnected.

They continue: “Instead of confronting our problems, we numb them with drugs and technological overload. We’re addicted to social media and instant gratification. The lines between what’s real and what’s not are extremely blurred. There’s a glitch in this system, and we need to find a solution before it’s too late…The music video for ‘Sudden Sky’ is a visual representation of this never-ending cycle.”

Watch the music video for “Sudden Sky” above.

“Sudden Sky” is the group’s third standalone single. The foursome released “what am i” and “20/20” last year.


July 26 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
July 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco
July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
July 30 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Aug. 1 – Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theater
Aug. 2 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
Aug. 3 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Aug. 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Aug. 6 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott
Aug. 7 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Aug. 9 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY –  The Chance
Aug. 11 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Aug. 13 – Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
Aug. 14 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Aug. 16 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Aug. 17 – Orlando, FL – Plaza
Aug. 18 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 20 – Destin, FL – Club LA
Aug. 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Aug. 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
Aug. 24 – Tucson, AZ – Encore (Club XS)
Aug. 25 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Anberlin to reunite at Underoath’s hometown show in December

The guys from Anberlin are getting the band together, but there’s a catch; it’s for one night only. On Thursday (Oct. 18), the Winter Haven-founded band took to social media to announce plans to reunite for one show. The gig, which will take at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Dec. 14, will find the formerly defunct band opening for fellow Florida-founded act Underoath.

“We’ve been playing shows in the Tampa area with Anberlin since we were basically kids,” a statement from Underoath begins. “We knew them coming back to play this hometown show with us was a big ask—but it just felt right. We have said we couldn’t be more pumped to close out the Erase Me tour with this show in our hometown. But we’ve been proven wrong.”

Anberlin drummer Nathan Young mirrors Underoath’s sentiments: “All the Anberlin dudes reconnected over this last year, hung on the beach together, and then, when we got asked to play this show with Underoath, in our hometown, the answer was, ‘yeah!”

Young continues: “I mean why wouldn’t we do that? Life is short and we should almost always say ‘yes’ to rad stuff. Plus, we’ve been homies with Underoath for 15-plus years. [Guitarist] Tim [McTague] is my brother-in-law and we’ve never played a proper show together. It’s just way overdue.”

Anberlin will join Crown the Empire, Dance Gavin Dance, and the Plot in You on that night’s roster.

To purchase tickets for the show, head on over the Yuengling Center’s website here.

The surprise announcement comes months after the band members began posting small, band-centric items on social media. The posts weren’t major enough to warrant speculations that a reunion could be in the cards, but enough to make fans wonder if maybe they were up to something.

Anberlin formally announced plans to disband in August of 2014. Before laying the band to rest, the five-piece went on a massive final tour that found them performing across the continent before taking the stage for the last time on Nov. 26, 2014 at the House of Blues in their quasi-hometown of Orlando.

Anberlin’s final studio album was 2014’s Lowborn (via Tooth & Nail).

As for Underoath, the upcoming tour is in support of their recently released record, Erase Me (via Fearless Records). The album was met with favorable reviews by critics and fans alike. The album, the group’s eighth, peaked at the number 16 spot on Billboard’s 200 chart, the number four spot on the Top Rock Albums chart, and the top spot on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart.

This show will also be a historic one for the six-piece as it will be the first time a Tampa Bay band has ever headlined a Tampa Bay arena.

Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria announce ‘The Resurrection Tour’

Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria will be teaming up this winter for a massive North American tour. On Tuesday (Sept. 26), the Los Angeles-based band and the United Kingdom-founded act announced joint plans to hit the road in early 2018 for a co-headlining tour. The upcoming excursion has been named “The Resurrection Tour” and will kick off on Jan. 10, 2018 at the Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. After traveling across the United States and Canada for almost two months, the trek will conclude on March 2, 2018 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.

Joining Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria for the complete trek will be Crown the Empire. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Sept. 29, here.

News of the upcoming tour should not come as much of a surprise to fans of both acts; both Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria have new music coming out in the near future. While being interviewed by Rock Sound, Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack unveiled that their new album will see a release time frame of early 2018, though he did not confirm when in early 2018 the new album should be expected.

“The Black Veil Brides record will come out at the top end of 2018,” Biersack explained in the podcast. “The reason for the delay was that—first of all—we took 15 months to make the record, we really wanted everything to be as perfect as possible.” Back in late 2016, the band a new track titled “The Outsiders.” At the time, fans were to believe that the new song would be the first single off the much anticipated new album, but it is currently unknown if it will be featured on the impending record.

As for Asking Alexandria, the group recently released the music video for “Into the Fire“; their yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album’s lead single. According to the band, their new album will be released on Dec. 15 with pre-orders and additional details to be revealed within the upcoming weeks. The new album is the follow-up to 2016’s The Black and will mark the return of vocalist Worsnop who exited the band in early 2015.

For now, the complete list of North American stops for “The Resurrection tour” can be seen below.


Jan. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Jan. 11 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Jan. 12 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Jan. 13 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
Jan. 15 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Jan. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Indoor
Jan. 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
Jan. 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Jan. 20 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Feb. 2 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Feb. 3 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Feb. 4 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
Feb. 5 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
Feb. 7 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Feb. 8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Feb. 9 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Feb. 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Feb. 12 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Feb. 14 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Feb. 16 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Feb. 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 19 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
Feb. 20 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
Feb. 22 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Feb. 23 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb. 24 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb. 25 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb. 27 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
March 1 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
March 2 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

Falling in Reverse announces new album, ‘Coming Home’

A month after premiering a brand new song, Falling in Reverse has officially confirmed the release of their fourth studio album. On Friday (Jan. 20), the Nevada-founded band revealed that their new album will be titled Coming Home and is set to be released on April 7 through Epitaph Records. In addition to the new album confirmation, the group also released another new song from the impending album. The new track is titled “Loser” and can be streamed above.

“Loser” will join previously released single and album’s title track, “Coming Home,” on the new record. Pre-orders for Coming Home are currently available on the band’s website where several different bundles are being offered Those who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of both “Coming Home” and “Loser.”

In support of the album’s release, the band have two major tour scheduled for the beginning of 2017. In November of 2016, Falling in Reverse announced they would join forces with Motionless in White and Issues for “The End is Here” tour. All three groups are currently in the middle of that trek with no show scheduled for tonight, but they will perform at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City tomorrow (Jan. 21).

After wrapping up “The End is Here” tour on Feb. 12 at the House of Blues in San Diego, Falling in Reverse will take a five-day break before embarking on the “Rest in Space” tour with Pierce the Veil and Crown the Empire. That tour will kick off on Feb. 17 at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, Oregon and wrap up almost a month later on March 10 at Club XS in Tucson, Arizona. The complete list of tour dates for both “The End is Here” and “Rest in Space” tours can be seen below as well as Coming Home‘s full track list.


Jan. 21 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Jan. 22 — Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
Jan. 24 — Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jan. 26 — Richmond, VA @ The National
Jan. 27 — New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Jan. 28 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Jan. 29 — Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Jan. 31 — Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Feb. 01 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Feb. 02 — Chicago, IL @ Riveria Theatre
Feb. 03 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Feb. 05 — Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Feb. 06 — Salt Lake City, UT @ the Complex
Feb. 08 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Feb. 09 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Feb. 11 — San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Feb. 12 — San Diego, CA @ House of Blues


Feb. 17 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
Feb. 18 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Feb. 20 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre
Feb. 22 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
Feb. 23 – Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
Feb. 25 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
Feb. 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Feb. 28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Mar. 01 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Mar. 04 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Mar. 05 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mar. 07 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
Mar. 09 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theatre
Mar. 10 – Tucson, AZ @ Club XS


1. “Coming Home”
2. “Broken”
3. “Loser”
4. “Fuck You and All Your Friends”
5. “I Hate Everyone”
6. “I’m Bad At Life”
7. “Hanging On”
8. “Superhero”
9. “Straight to Hell”
10. “I Don’t Mind”
11. “The Departure”
12. “Right Now” (bonus)
13. “Paparazzi” (bonus)

Crown the Empire unleash music video for ‘Zero’


A week after announcing the release of their new album, Crown the Empire has returned with the first song off the record. On Friday (June 10), the Texas band unleashed the music video for “Zero,” which can be considered the first single from the impending release. “We wrote this song specifically for our longtime fans,” begins vocalist Andy Leo.

“We feel that the song’s explosive energy coupled with the psychedelic production and video really puts our best foot forward to give the listener an idea of what they can expect to hear from the album overall. We hope you enjoy ‘Zero,’ your first taste of our album Retrograde. We are very excited for its release on July 22nd.” Watch the video for the new tune below.

As mentioned by Leo, “Zero” will be featured on their upcoming new album, Retrograde. Retrograde is set to be released on July 22 through Rise Records and is the follow-up to 2014’s The Resistance: Rise of The Runaways. Pre-orders for the new record are currently available here where they are offering a slew of bundles to pick from. In support of the newly announced record, the band will hit the road this summer on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour.

Crown the Empire announce new album, ‘Retrograde’


It’s been two years since Crown the Empire released a brand new record, but now it looks like things will change this upcoming summer. On Wednesday (June 1), the Texas-based band announced that they will be releasing their third studio album in mid-July. The new record will be titled Retrograde and will be released on July 22 through Rise Records. Pre-orders for the new record, which will feature a total of 13 new tracks, is currently available on the band’s website here. At the moment, there is a total of 12 Retrograde bundles for fans to pick from in addition to the normal options of vinyl, CD, digital download, or cassette.

“This album has been an accumulation of ideas, lessons and observations about who we are as a band and how we see the world,” vocalist Andy Leo explained in a statement. “It’s taken 5 years for us to grow and really nail down a sound that doesn’t fit the status quo of what people are expecting from us. We’ve reinvented ourselves and we hope you enjoy the ride.”

In support of the impending release, Crown the Empire will be hopping on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour for the entire journey. For now, both the new album teaser and album track listing can be seen below.


01. “SK-68”
02. “Are You Coming With Me?”
03. “Zero”
04. “Aftermath”
05. “Hologram”
06. “The Fear Is Real”
07. “Lucky Us”
08. “Weight of the World”
09. “Signs of Life”
10. “Oxygen”
11. “Kaleidoscope”
12. “For Days”
13. “Mercury”

The Retrograde announcement comes about seven months after guitarist Benn Vogelman left the group. The guitarist released a statement soon after his departure back in November of 2015 in which he confirmed that there was no bad blood between him and his former band mates; he just wanted to go in a different musical direction.

Retrograde is the follow-up to the group’s 2014 release, The Resistance: Rise of The Runaways. Funny enough, Retrograde is set to be released on the same exact day that The Resistance: Rise of The Runaways was.

Issues, Crown the Empire to Join Monster Energy Outbreak Tour


The annual Monster Energy Outbreak tour has just unveiled the band that will be making their way across the country this spring. On Monday (Han. 25) it was announced that Atlanta’s Issues, Dallas’ Crown the Empire, Long Island’s Night Verses, and Japanese rock band, ONE OK ROCK will be hitting the road for the yearly, month-long trek. The tour will kick off on March 20 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and wrap up on April 18 at the House of Blues in Chicago.

For those interested in the excursion, tickets for the show will go on sale beginning this Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 am local time. In addition to normal, general admission tickets, VIP tickets will also go on sale beginning Friday. For more information about the upcoming tour, head on over here. The complete list of tour dates, and the official tour poster, can be seen below.


03/20 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
03/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
03/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel
03/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
03/26 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
03/27 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
03/28 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
03/29 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
03/31 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
04/01 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
04/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
04/03 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
04/05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
04/06 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
04/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
04/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
04/11 – New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
04/12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/13 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
04/15 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
04/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
04/17 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
04/18 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues


Crown the Empire Cover Ellie Goulding


It’s been months since Fearless Records released the newest installment of their Punk Goes….series, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6. Included in the line up of their artists doing covers of hit pop songs was Crown the Empire.

The Texas-based band were given the job of covering Ellie Goulding breakout song, “Burn” for the cover song series.

Check out the group’s music video for the song off of Goulding’s hit album, Halycon Days.

Crown the Empire are going to have a pretty full spring this year. It was announced earlier in the week that CTE will be heading on the road as one of Of Mice & Men’s opening acts during their Spring tour. The tour will be in support of the re-issuing of OM&M’s 2014 album, Restoring Force.

Of Mice & Men to Head Out on Headlining Tour

Of Mice & Men will be heading out on tour this Spring in support of the re-issue of their 2014 album, Restoring Force.

The tour will feature the California band headlining all dates (minus three stops) and support from Crown the Empire and Volumes.

The tour will begin on Apr. 28 at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale and wrap up a month and a half later on June 7 at Soma in San Diego.

On the tour schedule, which can be seen below, the band reveal that there will be a couple of dates which they will not be headlining. Those three stops are three different music festivals that they will be performing at. Those include:  Carolina Rebellion that will take place in Charlotte, NC; the first annual Rock in Rio due to take place in Las Vegas (they will be performing during the festival’s “Rock” weekend); Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range; and Pryor, OK’s Rocklahoma.


April 28 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

April 30 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

May 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

May 2 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion **

May 6 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

May 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

May 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock In Rio **

May 11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Balroom

May 12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

May 13 – New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theater

May 16 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range **

May 17 – Sauget, IL @ Pops

May 19 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues

May 20 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues

May 21 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre

May 23 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

May 24 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma **

May 26 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues

May 27 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall

May 29 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater

May 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

June 1 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

June 2 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market

June 4 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

June 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

June 7 – San Diego, CA @ Soma

**=not headlining shows

Last week, Of Mice & Men released the music video for their new song “Broken Generation” from Restoring Force: Full Circle which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 24 through Rise Records.