New Single Only Way Out (Piano Acoustic) Out Today
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“Everything about EMPYRE’s beguiling music is colossal sounding” – Planet Rock
“Empyre … sound slick, vast and like the music was written with the help of an architectural blue print for an arena” – Kerrang!
“Intense and atmospheric in equal measure with an additional dark edge” – Fireworks
Thunderous rock with one of the meatiest sounds in the UK right now” – BBC Introducing

EMPYRE continue to stand out as an inimitable musical force and this is truly reflected in their next single release, Only Way Out. Experience their most haunting, dark and heartfelt song to date, Only Way Out is sure to leave the listener emotionally moved and spellbound. To coincide with launch week, the band premiered a stylish acoustic video on Monday. Electric guitars are set aside and a mesmerising performance is captured in an intimate studio setting centred round a 9ft Grand Piano.

Only Way Out arrives at the right time, the year has been plagued with disruption for many due to the ongoing global pandemic. People are experiencing isolation, confusion and interruptions to their regular way of life. Only Way Out, within its labyrinth of musical inflections instills a message of self-belief, presented in the lyrics, conveying to the listener that despite inner turmoil and the condition of the World around us, we as individuals hold the key and have the power to choose our responses to life’s trials and tribulations, and surmount them. The song is relatable on a human level and emotionally moving, ultimately it inspires hope and resilience in oneself.

Front-man Henrik Steenholdt comments: “This track takes our rearranging and re-imagination of the songs from ‘Self Aware’ to another plane. We threw the second and third guitar parts out of the window and re-built the musical core of it as piano. If there was one song on Self Aware to approach in this fashion, to try and heighten the emotional intensity, ‘Only Way Out’ was it.”

EMPYRE truly are a kaleidoscope of sonic colours and capabilities, they’ve adapted quickly to the new challenges this pandemic has brought. In fact, the band are bucking a trend by making the most of the lockdown and its aftermath, turning a crisis into an opportunity and showing a resilience and resourcefulness that not many others could have mastered by delivering fresh exciting content every week. They welcomed fans to peek behind the curtains and get up-close and personal with the “Empyre at Home” series and Spotify Playlists. They’ve invited fans “inside” the music with ‘Isolation Sessions’ and they’ve even teamed up with international guitar publications providing guitar lessons; one was featured on Guitar World’s “Sick Riffs”, and can be watched here –

Alongside their digital presence, EMPYRE are “re-entering” the real world and plan to re-initiate their substantial live activity. The band already played an outdoor and socially distanced show in August in their hometown Northampton, and perform two shows this month, including last weekend’s sold out return to indoor gigging at The Waterloo, Blackpool! In addition, EMPYRE will be performing an incredible main stage show at this year’s Planet Rockstock. Stay tuned for more tour news!

Only Way Out is the fourth acoustic single EMPYRE have released this year and follows a successful 2019, which saw EMPYRE launching the critically acclaimed and truly accomplished debut album Self Aware, a collection of 11 “all killer no filler” tracks, showcasing a band with skillful songwriting and a uniquely distinguishable sound. Self Aware led to Planet Rock proclaiming the band “Ones To Watch” and Classic Rock Magazine featuring them in the prestigious “High Hopes” piece.

UK Tour Dates
Sat 26th Sep – The Black Prince, Northampton (socially distanced)
Fri 13th Nov – HRH AOR
4-6th Dec – Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay, Wales

Empyre is: Henrik Steenholdt – vocals & rhythm guitar, Did Coles – lead guitar, Grant Hockley – bass – Elliot Bale – drums

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Guitar World Lesson
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