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Dublin-based, Electro-Metalcore outfit Neon Empire make their advance into the Irish Metal scene with their debut EP, ‘Distorted Reality’. 

Photo by Jim Culloty

Having emerged from the flourishing Irish metal scene late 2019, Neon Empire quickly made an impression seeing them advance through to the semi-finals of this year’s Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland campaign which sadly was stopped in its tracks due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Distorted Reality features five tracks, including the previously released single “This Clarity”, featuring Dead by April vocalists Jimmie Strimell & Pontus Hjelm, which has been viewed 44 Thousand times on YouTube (see video below)!

The EP combines traditional Metalcore elements with techno-inspired synth lines to create an original, energetic sound.

For fans of Bring me the Horizon, I Prevail, Wage War, Asking Alexandria, Amaranthe, While She Sleeps, Dead by April, Bullet for my Valentine


Closer to the Light
This Clarity (Feat. Jimmie Strimell & Pontus Hjelm of Dead By April)
The Fallen
Distorted Reality

Here’s what the band had to say about the EP:

With this EP, we want to take you on a journey. This desire to deliver an immersive experience pushed us to experiment with multiple layers of electronic sounds. By using elements of Traditional Metalcore songwriting as a foundation, we have created a unique, dynamic sound with soaring melodies and gut-punching riffs at its core.

Our goal was to pair futuristic instrumentation with human lyrics, creating music that is both modern and deeply personal. The EP deals with themes of perseverance, self-doubt and human connection. With the current state that the world is in, we hope that people can find some solace in what we’ve created and that it allows them to escape their own Distorted Reality, even if just for a little while“.

Photo – Down The Barrel Photography © 2020

Neon Empire are a 4-piece electronic Metalcore band, based in Dublin. The band was formed by guitarist/clean-vocalist Hassan Ali (pictured above), originally intended to be a Solo Project.

Over time, the addition of John Collard (Screams), Veronika Švecová (Drums) and Tom Ambrose (Bass) brought new songwriting elements to the table and perfected the sound.

Since reaching their full lineup in August 2019, Neon Empire has released two singles, and have performed extensively in Dublin.

Most recently, they secured the Judge’s Vote in Heat 2 of “Bloodstock Metal 2 the Masses Ireland”, moving on to the semi-finals.

Check out a review of the gig HERE.

Oran O’Beirne

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