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