Black Orchid Empire have quite the reputation as a ferocious live band.
Today, the British prog rockers are announcing a fresh run of tour dates. They’ll be playing shows across the UK this October. Get tickets HERE.
“We’re super stoked to be heading back out on the road!” says vocalist and guitarist Paul Visser. “It’s been awesome to see the fantastic response to ‘Tempus Veritas’ and we can’t wait to play some of these songs to people who haven’t experienced them live before. This tour hits a few new places for us – go grab a ticket and we’ll see you at a show!”
Black Orchid Empire have blown away audiences across Europe with heavy metallic riffs, crisp but concussive drumming and aching vocal melodies. Festival crowds have screamed along to their powerhouse choruses at Download, Standon Calling and Planet Rockstock. They’ve got a big fan in Skin, who’s brought them on tour with Skunk Anansie.
The band will be playing songs off ‘Tempus Veritas’. New Noise said “there simply isn’t a note that falls flat” on their new album and called Black Orchid Empire “the new standard for prog rock.
Go behind the scenes of ‘Tempus Veritas’ and learn how Black Orchid Empire was inspired by Galileo, Vikings and other moments in “hi-fi”.
8 October Bradford @ The Underground [TICKETS]
10 October Edinburgh @ Bannermans [TICKETS]
11 October Liverpool @ Kazimer Stockroom [TICKETS]
13 October Bridgwater @ Cobblestones [TICKETS]
14 October Guildford @ The Star Inn [TICKETS]
Black Orchid Empire – Behing the Music of ‘Tempus Veritas’ (Official Video) 2023
1. Tempus Veritas (1:24)
2. Hydrogen (3:57)
3. The Raven (3:41) [WATCH]
4. Last Ronin (4:27)
5. Scarlet Haze (3:42)
6. Deny The Sun (3:15) [WATCH]
7. Glory To The King (3:37) [LISTEN]
8. Summit (3:07)
9. Weakness (2:49)
10. Vesuvius (3:44)
11. Latimer (3:43) Total: 37:26
Genre: Progressive Metal FFO: Sleep Token, Disperse, Karnivool, Periphery
Band picture credit: Omar Ahmed
BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE create huge, memorable rock music that combines heavy-hitting savagery with intense melodic beauty. Their technical, fearlessly complex grooves and gigantic sing-along choruses have already earned them a widespread fanbase.
A ferociously tight live band, Black Orchid Empire have toured Europe and the UK extensively, supporting Skunk Anansie, HED p.e, INME and Black Map as well as festival slots at Download, Standon Calling and Planet Rockstock. Black Orchid Empire have sealed the bands reputation as a force to be reckoned with.Having released their debut album ‘Archetype’ (2016) to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow up albums ‘Yugen’ (2018) and ‘Semaphore’ (2020). Both albums received stellar reviews and over 3,000,000+ combined streams.
“Tempus Veritas” is a collection of stories that seeks to find compelling imaginary narratives hidden away in what we all think of as history. Behind every milestone or major event in humanity’s long, complex past lies a treasure trove of possibilities for invention – how did Pope Urban VIII feel when confronted by his friend Galileo about the true nature of the sun? What really happened during an almost triumphant but ultimately doomed Everest attempt? What was it like to be a Norse settler amongst the Saxons; did the omens of the ancient gods begin to disappear?
In approaching “Tempus Veritas”, Black Orchid Empire sought collectively to push themselves both musically and thematically. Their pursuit of heaviness, melody, emotional power and rhythmic complexity has pushed them to create something they‘re immensely proud of. “Semaphore” was an album of Sci-Fi, this is an album of Hi-Fi. Tempus Veritas.
The Recording Studio LondonProducer / sound engineer:
Produced by Black Orchid Empire
Paul Visser (engineer)
Dobromir Vasilev (assistant engineer)Mixing studio and engineer:
The Recording Studio London
Paul Visser (mix engineer)
Mastering studio and engineer:
Ermin Hamidovic (mastering engineer)
Paul Visser: Vocals, Guitar
Dave Ferguson: Bass, Vocals
Billy Freedom: Drums