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Empire State Bastard Confirm September Release For Debut Album 'Rivers Of Heresy'

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Gavin Smart

Empire State Bastard have announced their debut album.

Having teased the record with the opening track Harvest in March, the new extreme metal band led by Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and Oceansize's Mike Vennart will release 'Rivers Of Heresy' on September 1 via Roadrunner Records. Head below to check out the cover art and tracklist.

The group, who are completed by Slayer's Dave Lombardo on drums, and Naomi Macleod of Bitch Falcon on bass, have already played a handful of headline dates. Vennart said: "I set about making the most fucking poisonous vile music I possibly could, just unabridged hatred in musical form."

Neil added: "Lyrically, it’s as misanthropic and nihilistic as I’ve ever written."

This summer, the band have intimate shows scheduled in Leeds and Cambridge, alongside appearances at Download Festival on June 9 and Hellfest on June 18. They'll also play 2000trees on July 7 and ArcTanGent on August 17. 

'Rivers Of Heresy' tracklist:

1. Harvest
2. Blusher
3. Moi?
4. Tired, Aye?
5. Sons and Daughters
6. Stutter
7. Palms of Hands
8. Dusty
9. Sold!
10. The Looming

Empire State Bastard Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu June 15 2023 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Fri June 16 2023 - CAMBRIDGE MASH

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