Simon Neil and Mike Vennart Announce Debut Empire State Bastard Album, ‘Rivers Of Heresy’

Simon Neil and Mike Vennart have announced the debut Empire State Bastard album, ‘Rivers Of Heresy’, which is set for release on September 01.

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The news follows the release of the band’s intense debut single ‘Harvest’ in March and an instantly sold-out headline tour.

The ten-track alt-metal album will of course offer fans a fuller flavour of the Empire State Bastard project, which was first announced at the end of last year.

As well as Biffy Clyro’s Neil and Oceansize’s Vennart, the project is completed by Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo on drums, with Bitch Falcon bassist Naomi Macleod joining the outfit for their heady live shows. 

Describing the new album Vennart has said: “I set about making the most fucking poisonous vile music I possibly could, just unabridged hatred in musical form.” 

Simon Neil, meanwhile, has added: “Lyrically, it’s as misanthropic and nihilistic as I’ve ever written.”

See the ‘Rivers of Heresy’ artwork, by Daniel P Carter, and the album’s full tracklist below.

  1. ‘Harvest’
  2. ‘Blusher’
  3. ‘Moi?’
  4. ‘Tired, Aye?’
  5. ‘Sons and Daughters’
  6. Stutter’
  7. ‘Palms of Hands’
  8. ‘Dusty’
  9. ‘Sold!’
  10. ‘The Looming’

‘Rivers of Heresy’ is available to pre-order from here.

It will also be released in limited-edition physical formats, including CD with an exclusive 24-page fanzine; a poison green vinyl and red/black marble vinyl; and on cassette.

Empire State Bastard will also play select international festival dates this summer, including UK shows at Download, Glastonbury and ArcTanGent. 

See the full dates below.


9th – UK, Download Festival

15th – UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club

16th – UK, Cambridge Mash

18th – France, Hellfest

21st-25th – UK, Glastonbury, Earache Takeover


7th – UK, 2000trees Festival

21st – Norway, Malakoff Rockfestival


2nd-5th – Germany, Wacken Open Air

17th – UK, ArcTanGent


15th-17th – USA, Riot Fest

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