Awaken (The Empire Shall Fall album)

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Studio album by The Empire Shall Fall
Released November 17, 2009
Recorded Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Genre Metalcore, progressive metal
Length 39:34
Label Angle Side Side
Producer Marcus de Lisle
The Empire Shall Fall chronology
The Empire Shall Fall Demo
(2008)The Empire Shall Fall Demo2008
Singles from Awaken
  1. "Lords of War"
    Released: 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Awaken is the debut album by The Empire Shall Fall, released on November 17, 2009 through Angle Side Side Records, owned by The Empire Shall Fall's bassist, Nick Sollecito. Awaken features the vocal talents of Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach. The band cites its influences as At the Gates, Meshuggah, and Edge of Sanity. Awaken draws heavily upon the band members' interests in jazz, punk, and experimental music. The album reflects heavily on the themes of politics and transcendentalism. Lyrically the album advocates positivity, unity, and empowerment. Historical inspirations for the album have been cited as Jello Biafra, Benjamin Franklin, Cynthia McKinney, and Ron Paul.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Awaken" – 5:03
  2. "Lords of War" – 3:37
  3. "Voices Forming Weapons" – 4:08
  4. "Choir of Angels" – 6:01
  5. "We The People" – 5:50
  6. "These Colors Bleed" – 4:35
  7. "Our Own" – 5:24
  8. "The Kingdom" – 4:55[2][3][4]


  • Jesse Leach - vocals
  • Jake Davenport - lead guitar
  • Marcus de Lisle - guitar
  • Nick Sollecito - bass guitar
  • Jeff Pitts - drums, percussion

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Producer - Marcus de Lisle
  • Sound Engineer - Sean Small
  • Graphic Designer - Matthew Yezuita
  • Photographer - Emily Stamp
  • P&R - Kim Kelly/Catharsis PR[5]


  1. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  2. ^ a b "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL: 'Awaken' Performance Video Available". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ "The Empire Shall Fall Reveals Album Tracklisting - in Metal News". Metal Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Awaken: The Empire Shall Fall: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Myspace". Myspace. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2012-01-15.