by Dead Empires

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4-song demo EP CD titled “Monuments” in early 2011, recorded by Will Riggs at Bigg Rigg Studios ( and mastered by Bumblefoot ( A limited first (and only) pressing of the EP includes a digipack with expanded artwork, a bonus track, and more directly from the band. DEAD EMPIRES is currently booking and seeking shows in 2010/11 following the release of the EP.

here's a few reviews of MONUMENTS:
“5/5! The skill here makes each track seem layered, genuine and intense. Each song is simple and complex in its own right… The style that Dead empires delivers is so intense you can’t help being sucked in… It’s a great release and its weighted and genuine. I see big things coming for these three dudes from Poughkeepsie NY. So remember the name Dead Empires.”
-Collin Trabacco,

“8/10! It is pure heavy music devoid of any cliche’s usually associated with post-rock, sludge-metal, doom-metal acts. The dexterity the musicians in the band display over the course of the 4 tracks is exciting without being too complex or pompous. There is also a strong emphasis on great songwriting and memorable musical passages that gets stuck in your head instantly. This is a great demo from a band that for once doesn’t really have the usual trademarks of any genre except it kicks ass.”

“Monuments is a solid, up-tempo slab of progressive, sludgy instrumental post-metal, guaranteed to kick you in the face. …their video for “hello” to oblivion should hopefully convince you that this is worth your time.”

“It sounds like a fan of sludge metal got together with a fan of thrash metal, added a prog metal dude, and then, with no one dominating their influences, combined powers equally like some awesome metal version of Captain Planet. …really heavy and genuinely intense.”

“New York’s Dead Empires bridge the gap between hardcore riffery and moments of thoughtful repose. The trio’s debut, Monuments, is an ambitious four-song EP. With rapid-fire riffs and exquisitely buzzing bass lines… the group go to great lengths to provide a set of instrumentals which won’t disappoint.”
-Barry Adkins


released February 15, 2011

All music by Phil Bartsch, John Bryan, and Nick Privitera. Recorded at Bigg Rigg Studios by Will Riggs ( Mastered by Bumblefoot (



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Dead Empires Rosendale, New York

while instrumental, they choose not to label themselves as such- the sound is ever-evolving, and they’d prefer to put out music that's organic, natural, passionate- rather than stick to a particular genre. The band likes to combine a wide range of influences to produce a sound that sways from epic, ethereal soundscapes to heavy post-rock riffs, rounded out with good old fashioned sludgy heaviness. ... more

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