PREMIERE: White Empress – Darkness Encroaching

The gothic metallers have served up a superbly dark morsel of metal for you to enjoy. Founded by ex-Cradle Of Filth man Paul Allender, it's right up your street if you're a fan of deep, brooding atmospherics then stick this in your eyes.

“This video is the first of very many and represents how White Empress has broken away from the usual ‘safe’ mundane scene we have today in our metal world,” Paul says. “We have created our own sound, our own style in visuals. We are innovators, not imitators, a force to be reckoned with. Hail the White Empress!”

New album Rise Of The Empress is out 29th September. Pre-order it here.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.