Some are likely to consider Eye Empire a supergroup. Afterall the quartet is comprised of bassist and founder Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Dark New Day), guitarist B.C. Kotchmit (Switched), vocalist Donald ‘D.C.’ Carpenter (Submersed), and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society, Dark New Day). An impressive line-up for a new band. But add to all that the impact of Lowery’s brother, guitarist Clint, whose fellow Sevendust bandmates, vocalist Lejon Witherspoon and drummer Morgan Rose all played a role in the band’s debut album. That’s certainly a nice way to kick off what is already an exceptional new group.
The formation of the band began four years ago as Dark New Day came to an end, or hiatus, depending on your outlook. Lowery and Kotchmit began a project called Violent Plan that never quite took off, and ultimately evolved into what would become Eye Empire. The band found it’s voice in former Submersed front man Donald Carpenter. The final element came from the thunder sticks of lauded skin-pounder, Will Hunt.
The band’s debut, Moment Of Impact, is a beast, both pummeling and melodic, aggressive and thought provoking. From the album opener, “I Pray”, with it’s gritty crunch and raw rage, to the piston punk hammer of “Idiot”, to the emotionally wrought “Feels Like I’m Falling”, the album mixes grunge-tinged moodiness with sweeping melodies with pummeling rhythms.
Songs like “Bull In A China Shop” and “Victim” (which features added vocals from Lejon Witherspoon) instantly hook into your head and won’t let go.
This week vocalist D.C. took time to talk with Metalholic about the band’s formation, the album, and believe it or not, fantasy baseball. Strap in and listen to D.C.’s take on Eye Empire and how he came to be part of this collective.
This month the band kicks off their Imperial March tour. The first handful of dates begin close to home, so for those in the southeast corner of America, you get first shot at becoming part of the Empire!