August 21, 2023
Photo:  Omar Ahmed.

Black Orchid Empire has quite the reputation as a ferocious live band.

The British prog rockers have announced a fresh run of tour dates. They’ll be playing shows across the UK this October.

“We’re super stoked to be heading back out on the road!” says vocalist and guitarist Paul Visser. “It’s been awesome to see the fantastic response to Tempus Veritas and we can’t wait to play some of these songs to people who haven’t experienced them live before. This tour hits a few new places for us – go grab a ticket and we’ll see you at a show!”

Black Orchid Empire have blown away audiences across Europe with heavy metallic riffs, crisp but concussive drumming and aching vocal melodies. Festival crowds have screamed along to their powerhouse choruses at Download, Standon Calling and Planet Rockstock. They’ve got a big fan in Skin, who’s brought them on tour with Skunk Anansie.    

The band will be playing songs off Tempus VeritasNew Noise said “there simply isn’t a note that falls flat” on their new album and called Black Orchid Empire  “the new standard for prog rock.

Go behind the scenes of Tempus Veritas and learn how Black Orchid Empire was inspired by Galileo, Vikings and other moments in “hi-fi”.

Tempus Veritas

  1. Tempus Veritas (1:24)
  2. Hydrogen (3:57)
  3. The Raven (3:41) [WATCH]
  4. Last Ronin (4:27)
  5. Scarlet Haze (3:42)
  6. Deny The Sun (3:15) [WATCH]
  7. Glory To The King (3:37) [LISTEN]
  8. Summit (3:07)
  9. Weakness (2:49)
  10. Vesuvius (3:44)
  11. Latimer (3:43)

  • 8 October Bradford @ The Underground [TICKETS]
  • 10 October Edinburgh @ Bannermans [TICKETS]
  • 11 October Liverpool @ Kazimer Stockroom [TICKETS]
  • 13 October Bridgwater @ Cobblestones [TICKETS]
  • 14 October Guildford @ The Star Inn [TICKETS]

BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE create huge, memorable rock music that combines heavy-hitting savagery with intense melodic beauty. Their technical, fearlessly complex grooves and gigantic sing-along choruses have already earned them a widespread fanbase.

A ferociously tight live band, Black Orchid Empire have toured Europe and the UK extensively, supporting Skunk Anansie, HED p.e, INME and Black Map as well as festival slots at Download, Standon Calling and Planet Rockstock. Black Orchid Empire have sealed the bands reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Having released their debut album Archetype (2016) to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow up albums Yugen (2018) and Semaphore (2020). Both albums received stellar reviews and over 3,000,000+ combined streams.

Tempus Veritas is a collection of stories that seeks to find compelling imaginary narratives hidden away in what we all think of as history.  Behind every milestone or major event in humanity’s long, complex past lies a treasure trove of possibilities for invention – how did Pope Urban VIII feel when confronted by his friend Galileo about the true nature of the sun?  What really happened during an almost triumphant but ultimately doomed Everest attempt? What was it like to be a Norse settler amongst the Saxons; did the omens of the ancient gods begin to disappear?

In approaching Tempus Veritas, Black Orchid Empire sought collectively to push themselves both musically and thematically. Their pursuit of heaviness, melody, emotional power and rhythmic complexity has pushed them to create something they’re immensely proud of. Semaphore was an album of Sci-Fi, this is an album of Hi-Fi. Tempus Veritas.  


Line-up:
Paul Visser: Vocals, Guitar
Dave Ferguson: Bass, Vocals
Billy Freedom: Drums


BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE online:

Official Website