Monday, July 14, 2014

Crush of Empires at Arlene's Grocery

Crush of Empires is a New York-based alternative hard rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Earl Drummond, guitarist Steven Cimino, drummer John-Paul Baker and new bassist Andrei Petrovitch. The band released a self-titled CD in 2012 and has been playing the local rock club circuit.

Playing a half-hour set at Arlene's Grocery tonight, Crush of Empires proved to be a promising contender in the local hard rock scene. The quartet performed songs that were rooted in the New York singer-songwriter vein, but then developed through the filter of progressive rock. These songs were not scream-and-boogie metal rock, but rather well-thought-out compositions with sensitive singing, clean and melodic guitar leads, occasionally complex rhythms and grunge like grooves.

Crush of Empires is performing a residency at Arlene's Grocery on Monday evenings throughout July. In the meantime, visit Crush of Empires at