Bay Area masters of atmospheric technical death metal FALLUJAH have unleashed their monumental 5th studio album, “Empyrean,” today with Nuclear Blast. Receiving rave reviews from critics around the world and legions of fans championing their return, FALLUJAH has emerged with one of their best records to date. On their latest epic journey the band explores new sonic realms while revisiting past influences and styles, captivating listeners along the way with Scott Carstairs‘ massive riffs and guitar wizardry and new recruit Kyle Schaefer’sseething vocals. Strap in and witness a cataclysmic collision of atmospheric death metal.
Primary songwriter and guitarist Scott Carstairs says of the song:
“‘Mindless Omnipotent Master’ is about the massive, globally-linked systems of technology and society that were created for humankind’s own benefit, but have now grown into self-sustained forces beyond our control. The music sets an appropriately dark tone with four minutes of relentlessly brutal riffs and mechanically sharp precision.“
Carstairs adds about the album’s release:
“It feels surreal to finally share our new album Empyrean with the world! We can hardly describe the amount of effort, determination and patience it took to arrive at this point, but now that the day is here we can finally say that everything was worth it.
Special shoutouts to the fans who have stuck with us for all these years. We hope Empyrean can take you on an immersive journey with enough detail to warrant many repeated listens.”
Purchase “Empyrean“: https://nblast.de/Fallujah-Empyrean
FALLUJAH on tour “The Divine Ascension Tour” with Australian tech-death co-headliners PSYCROPTIC in support the new record. Additional support will be provided by INTERLOPER and COGNITIVE. Tickets are available now.
FALLUJAH North American Tour Dates:
“The Divine Ascension Tour”
Sep 24 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
Sep 26 – Providence, RI – Alchemy
Sep 27 – Quebec City, QC – Source de la Martiniere
Sep 28 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
Sep 29 – Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
Sep 30 – Albany, NY – Empire Underground
Oct 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground
Oct 2 – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Masonic (Asylum)
Oct 3 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct 4 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
Oct 5 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
Oct 6 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct 7 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Oct 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Oct 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Oct 11 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Oct 12 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
Oct 13 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Oct 14 – Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewery District
Oct 15 – Santa Ana, CA – Stages
Tech-metal outfit Fallujah intensify their metallic dynamism on stunning new album, “Empyrean.” Built on an “all killer, no filler” maxim, the Bay Area-based quartet delivered just that on album number five. From video single “Radiant Ascension” and “Embrace Oblivion” to “Soulbreaker” and “Mindless Omnipotent Master,” “Empyrean” is breathtaking in atmospheric expanse and impressive in sophistication. Fallujah’s overhauled lineup has contributed massively to the level-up on display. Primary songwriter/guitarist Scott Carstairs and compeer/drummer Andrew Baird enlisted Archaeologist’s Kyle Schaefer and Evan Brewer (formerly Entheos/The Faceless) as their new vocalist and bassist, respectively.
Since forming in 2007, Fallujah have triumphed over their challenges. Whether it’s self-administering the band, going to school, writing music, or working full-time, they’ve savored release of and diehard fan admiration for five albums in “The Harvest Wombs” (2011), “The Flesh Prevails” (2014), “Dreamless” (2016), “Undying Light” (2019), and their latest “Empyrean.” Indeed, diligence and creative enterprise have resulted in high-profile tours with Whitechapel, Suffocation, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more across North America, Europe, and Australia. Fallujah also prospered with critics in Metal Hammer, Allmusic and Metalsucks. The group’s Billboard chart positions on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Heatseekers Albums prove that with every twist and turn, Fallujah’s fans are with them. “Empyrean,” with its revivalist spikes, bolstered atmospherics and high-powered production, is the greatest yet.
“Empyrean” is a specialist’s paradise. As a rhythm/lead player, Carstairs enters a league of his own. Tracks like “The Bitter Taste of Clarity,” “Radiant Ascension,” and “Eden’s Lament” illustrate he’s upped his chops and boosted the emotional outlay. Throughout, he’s careful about compositional placement and how his radiant, palliative leads complement Fallujah’s sapid landscape. Drummer Baird tastefully and aggressively holds down the fort, grooving and syncopating admirably on “Radiant Ascension,” “Embrace Oblivion,” and “Mindless Omnipotent Master.” Fallujah’s long-standing timekeeper has always been great, but on “Empyrean,” he’s superior. Right there with him is recently joined bassist Evan Brewer, thundering and bopping on, around, and against Baird’s foundation like a seasoned prizefighter. “Duality of Intent” is but one of Brewer’s standouts. Although known for his guitar work outside of Fallujah, newcomer vocalist Kyle Schaefer’s low-end and mid-range bark perfectly matches the existential threat-themed lyrics.
Throughout “Empyrean,” Fallujah surprise. Musically, lyrically, and with their bevy of guests, they add hard-to-describe depth and musical import. Vocalist Tori Letzler (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) reprises her angelic role on “Radiant Ascension” and “Artifacts,” while Chiasma’s Katie Thompson also reappears to elevate “Embrace Oblivion” and “Into the Eventide.” Chaney Crabb of Entheos and Cyborg Octopus’s David Wu tender their considerable talents on “Mindless Omnipotent Master” and “Duality of Intent,” respectively. Celebrated artist Peter Mohrbacher (Serenity in Murder, Rainbowdragoneyes) replays his role on “Empyrean” as well. Truly, this is an all-star cast appearing on a momentous album by a band reaching beyond.
“From the beginning of this writing process and until the end, we painstakingly made sure every aspect of this record would blow away our listeners,” states Carstairs. “We meticulously scrutinized every riff and note choice. There has never been this much effort put into a Fallujah record as we did with ‘Empyrean,’ and the result is a truly monstrous record that we believe is the band’s best work by a significant margin. We showed you restraint on the last record. Now, let us show you what happens when we leave it all on the table.”