If the scene is dying, the latest Crown The Empire record may mark a revival. Setting the tone with blindsiding singles such as “MZRY,” the band only match the massive magnitude of breakdowns with the weight of their words. 

This is far from the same band who started packing summer Warped Tour sets, though. Maturity meets experimentation and delicate composition, which is rare for a metalcore album. Crown The Empire aren’t resting on their laurels, instead opting to push the label with a slew of varying influences blended with their signature metal sound. 

Read more: Mac Miller gets spiritual in newly surfaced track “The Sun Room”

While the album is highlighted by hard-hitting topics, their words are simply how the band see the world today. Overall, guitarist Brandon Hoover considers it as a glance of the band members and who they are now. 

Sudden Sky is a digital representation of who we are at this moment in time,” Hoover says. “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.”

But who better to explain these risks and rewards than the band themselves? Drummer Brent Taddie and vocalist/keyboardist Andrew Rockhold took some time to give insight on the new record. Listen to the duo break down their inspirations through ex-girlfriend stories, day-to-day drags and society as a whole below.

Sudden Sky is available now for download or streaming here.

Crown The Empire hop on with Attila, Veil Of Maya and Gideon on their upcoming tour kicking off this Friday. Tickets are on sale now with a full list of dates below.


07/26 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
07/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
07/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
07/30 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater

08/01 – Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre
08/02 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
08/03 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
08/04 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
08/06 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
08/07 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
08/09 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
08/10 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
08/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
08/13 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
08/14 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
08/16 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
08/17 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
08/18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
08/20 – Destin, FL @ Club LA
08/21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
08/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
08/24 – Tucson, AZ @ Encore
08/25 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

See more: 10 pop-punk shows we wish we could have gone to

[envira-gallery id="194483"]