BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE release new single and announce UK tour with Exist Immortal

‘Winter Keeps Us Warm’ single out today; Semaphore album out 12th June via Long Branch Records

UK rock trio BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE share their brand new single / video ‘Winter Keeps Us Warm’, the second track taken from the new studio album Semaphore coming 12th June, 2020 via Long Branch Records

Watch the video for ‘Winter Keeps Us Warm’

Semaphore is available for pre-order here:

BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE guitarist / singer Paul Visser commented“‘Winter Keeps Us Warm’ is a huge song for us. We wanted to do something super melodic that still maintained the complexity and heaviness we love. Balancing the two helped us craft a track that is so much fun to play. Lyrically it continues exploring the Sci-Fi ideas shared by all the songs on Semaphore. ‘Winter Keeps Us Warm’ is about the captain of a crippled ship setting course for what he hopes will be a friendly outpost, and committing totally to his path. He and his crew submit to hibernation knowing that either their desperate signal will be received and they’ll be saved, or they’ll drift forever in deep space and die. The title is inspired by a line from T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, a poem that also gives us the titles of two books by my favourite author Iain M Banks – Look to Windward and Consider Phlebas.
“The video, again the brainchild of our friend Alina Gordienco, is an amazing sequence showing a female astronaut trying to escape a maze of tunnels. It was shot in the catacombs of Odessa, which served as bomb shelters during the Second World War. It’s truly beautiful. We filmed the band shots in London with the brilliant Jay Hillyer – he really smashed it.”

The band have announced a co-headline tour with UK tech-metallers Exist Immortal and will also be making appearances at Tech Fest and 7Fest. Catch them on the following dates:

With Exist Immortal:

03.06 – Bournemouth, The Anvil
04.06 – London, 229 The Venue
05.06 – Bristol, The Old England 
06.06 – Exeter, The Cavern 
07.06 – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin 


12.07 – 7 Fest, East Coast Showground
04-07.07  Tech Fest, Newwark Showground

More dates for the summer to be announced soon.


Paul Visser – Vocals, Guitar
David Ferguson – Bass, Vocals
Billy Freedom – Drums 

Track listing: 

01 Emissaries 
02 Singularity
03 Natural Selection
04 Motorcade
05 Red Waves
06 Heliopause
07 Winter Keeps Us Warm
08 Dust
09 Faces
10 Death From Above
11 Evergreen
12 Monolith
13 Crash

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, recently supporting Skunk Anansie on their sold out 25th anniversary shows, including Brixton Academy. These appearances, as well as previous tours with HED p.e, INME, Black Map and Ravenface, combined with festival slots at Download, Standon Calling, Planet Rockstock, Camden Rocks and Taubertal, have sealed the bands reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Having released their debut album ‘Archetype’ in 2016 to universal acclaim, Black Orchid Empire signed with German label Long Branch Records to release the follow up album ‘Yugen’. Both albums received stellar reviews and over 1,000,000+ combined streams. The band are now looking ahead to the future with their next album ‘Semaphore’ – a Sci-Fi concept record that sees them continue to push the musical envelope.

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