Empire (EP)

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EP by The Word Alive
Released July 21, 2009
Recorded at the Wade Studios in Ocala, Florida
Genre Metalcore
Length 23:00
Label Fearless
Producer Andrew Wade
The Word Alive chronology
The Word Alive
Singles from Empire
  1. "Battle Royale"
    Released: May 18, 2009
  2. "The Only Rule Is That There Are No Rules"
    Released: June 25, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (81%)[1]

Empire is the first label release by American metalcore band The Word Alive. It was released on July 21, 2009 on Fearless Records. The album was produced by Andrew Wade and charted at number 15 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers.[2] After this EP, founding drummer Tony Aguilera would be kicked from the band, it is however, the first release with lead vocalist Tyler "Telle" Smith.


The song "Casanova Rodeo" was originally a part of the unreleased The Word Alive EP. After the release of Empire, the track "Battle Royale" became one of The Word Alive's most known and notable songs and was re-recorded for the band's debut full-length album, Deceiver.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Battle Royale" Tyler "Telle" Smith The Word Alive 3:55
2. "Quit While You're Ahead" Tyler "Telle" Smith The Word Alive 3:44
3. "Casanova Rodeo" Craig Mabbitt The Word Alive, Mabbitt 3:36
4. "The Only Rule Is That There Are No Rules" Tyler "Telle" Smith The Word Alive 3:52
5. "Inviting Eyes" Tyler "Telle" Smith The Word Alive 3:21
6. "How to Build an Empire" Tyler "Telle" Smith The Word Alive 4:31
Total length: 23:00



  1. ^ Empire review AbsolutePunk
  2. ^ "The Word Alive debut #15 on Billboard Heatseekers!". indiestar.tv. 29 July 2009. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2010.