CROWN THE EMPIRE
THE RESISTANCE: RISE OF THE RUNAWAYS
(Rise)
Theatrical sophomore album from the Texan metalcore six-piece.
7/10

Crown The Empire are back with their second album, and it’s as dramatic as you might expect from their previous record, ‘The Fallout’. If you haven’t heard them yet, they’re predominantly metalcore mixed with electronic elements, but above all, they are hugely theatrical.
First track ‘A Call To Arms (Act i)’ could be an intro for a theatre production or film until the music kicks in, first gently, and then exploding into shouts of “We are the resistance”. Crown The Empire really mean business with this record, and
when second track ‘Initiation’ drops, you can feel the energy.
Crown The Empire are a six-piece with two vocalists, and there’s a lot going on all at once, but it does work. Clean vocalist Andrew Velasquez provides the sugary sweet choruses, and David Escamilla brings the powerful screams to the mix. Combined with some chugging riffs and electronic samples, it all works surprisingly well.
They’re not the only band in the metalcore genre that are mixing things up at the moment (see Issues), but they’re definitely doing a good job of it. They take a risk by putting a slower song so early on in the album – third track ‘Millennia’ – but it has a great chorus, and it wouldn’t sound out of place on a Mayday Parade album (if Mayday Parade were a bit heavier and influenced by Queen). ‘Machines’ starts off very gently and seems fairly unpromising until the music really kicks in and then it really gains power. It almost seems like a bit of a shame when the gentle vocals come back in, but the main reason the powerful choruses are so good is because of the lead up to them.
Next comes an interlude, ‘The Wolves Of Paris (Act ii)’, and while these interludes fit with the overall theatrical theme of the album, they almost seem like they’re unnecessarily tampering with the flow of the songs. They do undoubtedly build up some suspense though, and the lead up makes ‘MNSTR’, one of the most passionate songs on the album, even better.
‘The Resistance’ probably won’t change any lives, but Crown The Empire should be proud of their second album, because it’s pretty damn enjoyable. They’re onto a good thing here. Keep an eye on them.
Lais Martins Waring