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Crush of Empires - Hard to Breathe


New York

Band Description

Crush of Empires’ music is original, current…and loud. This NYC based four piece combines unique vocal melodies, intricate guitar rhythms, and deep aggressive bass and drums creating a unique audio assault upon pressing play.

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Artist Biography

A band whose raw emotive power steers far beyond the norm, Crush of Empires is a force to be reckoned with. Marked by their dynamic live performances, hard driving riffs, unique song structures and lyrical sophistication, this four-piece band stands as an anomaly amongst the NYC rock scene. A foursome of seemingly limitless potential, Crush of Empires evokes a kaleidoscopic visage ranging from of dirty hard rock to melodic grunge, from the ethereal psychedelic to the intimate and inviting. Crush performs regularly at NYC's most legendary and prestigious venues including The Bowery Ballroom, Gramercy Theater, The Highline Ballroom, Irving Plaza, and Webster Hall. Their music has been heard on terrestrial radio throughout the world from both their breakout self-titled EP as well as their recent release, "Hard to Breathe", featuring the band's current line up.
Crush of Empires is: Nicholas Horner (voice) Steven Cimino (guitar) Randy DeGesero (bass) John-Paul Baker (drums)

Press Release
“Crush of Empires moved the night forward with a clean and progressive sound. Their sound was tight and the band played well together. Overall, they left you feeling glad you had the experience to listen to their emotionally driven tracks” -ROCKUS NEWS CD Release show at Gramercy Theatre
“Crush of Empires, are as epic as their name suggests. They make great use of effects and textures in their music, which makes for a very dynamic set. The lead guitar work is very interesting by both guitarists, both playing with a lot of feel and melody. Overall, the band is enjoyable and brings progressive elements to the show” -Gotham Rocks

"Playing a half-hour set at Arlene's Grocery tonight, Crush of Empires proved to be a promising contender in the local hard rock scene. The quartet performed songs that were rooted in the New York singer-songwriter vein, but then developed through the filter of progressive rock. These songs were not scream-and-boogie metal rock, but rather well-thought-out compositions with sensitive singing, clean and melodic guitar leads, occasionally complex rhythms and grunge like grooves. "
-Everynight Charley Crespo
“Strong and capable lead vocals suit the material well and the musical performances and solid, tight and fitting. Crush of Empires have a slight retro grunge feel, but also feature newer elements- cool vibe overall and the grooves and riffs work together well to produce a cohesive whole” -Taxi

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