UK trio Black Orchid Empire are proud to announce their brand new studio album “Tempus Veritas”! The new offering will be released upon this earth on April 14th, 2023, via Season of Mist. The band is now sharing the very first single “Deny the Sun”, which is streaming now below.
Speaking about the lead single Paul Visser says: “‘Deny the Sun’ is the first song we wrote for ‘Tempus Veritas’ and we love how hard the riff goes! We’ve been pushing more and more into the technical side of our music for this album and this track is a great example of that. Lyrically it deals with Galileo’s ideas about the central nature of the sun and the clash with religious views at the time, written from the point of view of his friend Pope Urban VIII who found himself in an impossible position and ended up condemning the astronomer. Our friend and long-time collaborator Alina Gordienco made the amazing video in LA, starring the wonderful Irina Dudyk as the sun goddess. Her work is consistently inspired and we love what she did for this song”!
Black Orchid Empire comment on the album: “Interwoven with the fabric of our history as a species are countless opportunities for stories. Little pieces of imagined narrative, set within events we all collectively know as historical, that seek to explore what it means to be human – this is the idea behind ‘Tempus Veritas’. Whereas Semaphore looked to the future, this record reinvents the past, wondering what it was like to be inside the mind of a person living through times of consequence. Musically, we continue to seek the boundary between the savagely technical and the undeniably beautiful and attempt to push it as far as possible. We poured our entire creative beings into making this album – we sincerely hope you enjoy it”.
Black Orchid Empire are furthermore releasing the cover artwork and further album details for “Tempus Veritas”.
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1. Tempus Veritas (1:24)
2. Hydrogen (3:57)
3. The Raven (3:41)
4. Last Ronin (4:27)
5. Scarlet Haze (3:42)
6. Deny the Sun (3:15)
7. Glory to the King (3:37)
8. Summit (3:07)
9. Weakness (2:49)
10. Vesuvius (3:44)
11. Latimer (3:43)
Black Orchid Empire create huge, memorable rock music that combines heavy-hitting savagery with intense melodic beauty. Their technical, fearlessly complex grooves and gigantic sing-along choruses have already earned them a widespread fanbase.
A ferociously tight live band, Black Orchid Empire have toured Europe and the UK extensively, supporting Skunk Anansie, HED p.e, INME and Black Map as well as festival slots at Download, Standon Calling and Planet Rockstock. Black Orchid Empire have sealed the bands reputation as a force to be reckoned with.
Having released their debut album “Archetype” (2016) to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow up albums “Yugen” (2018) and “Semaphore” (2020). Both albums received stellar reviews and over 3,000,000+ combined streams.
“Tempus Veritas” is a collection of stories that seeks to find compelling imaginary narratives hidden away in what we all think of as history. Behind every milestone or major event in humanity’s long, complex past lies a treasure trove of possibilities for invention – how did Pope Urban VIII feel when confronted by his friend Galileo about the true nature of the sun? What really happened during an almost triumphant but ultimately doomed Everest attempt? What was it like to be a Norse settler amongst the Saxons; did the omens of the ancient gods begin to disappear?
In approaching “Tempus Veritas”, Black Orchid Empire sought collectively to push themselves both musically and thematically. Their pursuit of heaviness, melody, emotional power and rhythmic complexity has pushed them to create something they’re immensely proud of. “Semaphore” was an album of Sci-Fi, this is an album of Hi-Fi. “Tempus Veritas”.
The Recording Studio London
Producer / sound engineer:
Produced by Black Orchid Empire
Paul Visser (engineer)
Dobromir Vasilev (assistant engineer)
Mixing studio and engineer:
The Recording Studio London
Paul Visser (mix engineer)
Mastering studio and engineer:
Ermin Hamidovic (mastering engineer)
Paul Visser: Vocals / Guitar
Dave Ferguson: Bass / Vocals
Billy Freedom: Drums