Shade Empire


Added: 2017-05-13

Candlelight Records have confirmed details of the fifth album by SHADE EMPIRE; Poetry of the Ill-Minded will be unleashed on June 30, 2017.

Pre-orders are available worldwide: Orders from Levykauppa Äx

Hailing from Kuopio, Finland, and already in their eighteenth year as a band, SHADE EMPIRE work unspeakably brutal guitar patterns, multi-layered and yet beautiful synth walls into ingenious arrangements. Throw in mind-bending electronics, devastating drum parts, complex bass assaults and the unique vocals, and you have something coming straight from the deep pits of hell!

The band have notched up various tours alongside the likes of Unleashed, Krisiun and One Man Army And The Undead Quartet.

SHADE EMPIRE's last album Omega Arcane was a heavily orchestrated concept album and took the band´s sound to a whole new level when it was released in 2014. The album went on to reach number 13 in the Finish album charts.

The follow up album, Poetry of the Ill-Minded is soon to be released by Candlelight/Spinefarm. Once again SHADE EMPIRE develop their sound even further. Poetry... looks set to be the band's most advanced and brutal opus to date.

Poetry of the Ill-Minded track list
1. Lecter (Welcome)
2. Wanderer
3. Drawn To Water - The Path
4. Thy Scent
5. Anti-Life Saviour
6. Map Of Scars
7. Treasure (In Liquid Dreams Of Mirror Universe)


New vocalist for Shade Empire

Added: 2017-04-12

We have released Mr. Juha Harju on vocal duties. He sang his parts to forthcoming album (release date TBC) but he won't be seen nor heard with Shade Empire from this day on.

Harju wants to thank fans for the past years.

After the decision was made we started to seek new front man even from the foreign countries. However, the right person could be found from our hometown, Kuopio. As a band we want professionalism, humble and loyal attitude towards Shade Empire and that's what we got. The new singer Henry Hämäläinen is talented young guy who has enough capabilities both musically and personally. This is a natural step in Shade Empire's evergoing progress. The band's sound will definitely take step to whole new level with Henry in front, so let's give him a warm welcome and see you at the gigs!

This is all band have to say about the matter and will not comment any further.

Confirmed gigs so far:

5.5. Lutakko, Jyväskylä
6.5. Henry's Pub Kuopio
12.5. Bar Rock Bear, Vantaa
13.5. Wartti Bar, Seinäjoki
26.5. Suisto, Hämeenlinna
3.6. Susiraja Metal Club, Ruttokäräjät, Joensuu
5.8.2017 SaariHelvetti, Tampere


Sinthetic Anniversary show!

Added: 2014-12-11

So, it has been over a decade since we released our first full length album, Sinthetic(2004). We know that many of you appraise this album very high among our works and we thought it would be suitable to celebrate this occasion by doing something special. So... we are going to play the whole Sinthetic album live! The first show is booked in Tampere Yo-talo 23.1.2015. Will there be another one in the near future, it remains to be seen. This might well be THE chance to experience Sinthetic live. Make sure to drag your ass in the venue! Facebook event


European tour

Added: 2014-01-08

Shade Empire confirms European tour with Borknagar, Manegarm and Ereb Altor. Check out the dates here.


More gigs announced

Added: 2013-10-25

Some gigs coming up in Finland next January/February with Wolfheart. Check 'em out


Some gigs coming up

Added: 2013-10-06

Gigs are coming up and this is the first one:
Academic heavy cruise 2013 (TYRMY) 14.11. M/S Baltic Princess in Turku, Finland

In Finland there is already confirmed gigs which we will inform you later on.


Official merchandise store

Added: 2013-09-19

Our official merchandise store is online. Store is fully operated by band, so please make a good move. We will make more products according to demand.

Official store


Omega Arcane released in North America.

Added: 2013-08-27

Omega Arcane is finally released in North America! You can buy the album from Amazon & Itunes


Ruins music video.

Added: 2013-07-20

Watch Ruins music video from here.


Omega Arcane released!

Added: 2013-05-10

Omega Arcane is now released in Finland & rest of Europe! Get your copy from record shop x or from Itunes


New site launched

Added: 2013-05-04

Renewed site is online. We'll add more information incl. gigs in the near future!


Shade Empire signed to Candlelight Records.

Added: 2013-03-06

You who have been with us from the beginning. And also those of you who have come along the way. Do you think we deserve this? ;) Now we have something to reveal: Candlelight Records announces the signing of Finnish metal band Shade Empire! "We are very pleased to move into one of the reputed label's roster. When we started to make a new album, it was clear that we want as many to hear it, because it is massive. When Candlelight Records was interested, we didn't have difficult to think about this option. It is great to leave our footprints in this prestigious roster what they have and have had. They really have done fantastic job with metal music in general. With this partnership, we look at a good mind for the future! And when the album will be published in due time, it's great to share it with all of you!"


Studio Diary

Added: 2012-02-21

Check out our Studio Diary. Pics, videos and other shit coming up!


Live @ Nosturi 17.12.

Added: 2011-12-15

Our showtime is 22.00. Be there!


Album update!

Added: 2011-10-18

We have now booked studios for the recordings of the upcoming album. You’ll have to wait for some time yet the album finally sees the light of day. New Shade Empire album will be mixed next spring. The main reason for this is that the man, who we want to do the process, is so busy and we don’t want to use “the second option”. We’ll keep little bits of text, and videos posted on how things progress. Patience, and come to a gig in Helsinki in December. ‘Till then, salute!



Added: 2011-10-05

Go to see live section for details....


New album update!

Added: 2011-08-09

Hell-o! Last friday we held a small listening session andI must say that it is once again becoming a great album. A few riffs still have to think about as well as small fitting solutions here and there but the body is pretty much ready to drive. Soon we will start rehearsing the new songs!

And please, follow us on Facebook as well(link below) and spread the word! Thank you.


Shade Empire on facebook.

Added: 2011-02-17

Now you can find Shade Empire on facebook. Check it out. is back

Added: 2010-09-19

As announced earlier we suffered from serious database problems. Because of this our forum has vanished as are all the guestbook comments. Basicly everything on these pages were deleted but luckily we managed to save something at least.

Sorry again for this annoyance and loss of all your registered user names on the forum. We'll try to launch a new one in the future! Meanwhile feel free to leave your marks on the guestbook!



MoM cancelled

Added: 2010-05-03

Shade Empire will not play in Masters Of Metal 15.5.2010. Our gig was cancelled by organizers.

Sorry folks, hope we'll get in Tampere some other time!


Shade Empire has called off the contract with Dynamic Arts Records

Added: 2010-04-05

Shade Empire has ended co-operation with Dynamic Arts. Cooperation ran for the last two albums. Now it was time to denounce and to direct all eyes to the future. Terminating the contract took place at the end of last year but for technical reasons is informed only now. Shade Empire wishes Dynamic Arts and its bands a safe trip and all the best to meet future challenges.

Shade Empire is currently preparing for the fourth album. By whom and when is the publishing going to take place, we don't know yet. The band intends to look at all the cards safely and carefully through and be open to all potential offers (contact information can be seen at the official website). Interest, however, has already been showed also abroad...


Era of the living dead

Added: 2009-10-04

Ave! Yes, we are still here and in the form of flesh too. If you've been wondering what's going on, here's a few words to keep you up to date. It was time to keep a short break and make some new sinister plans for the future. We've been writing new material for the next album that will be released sometime during 2010. So prepare, the flames will scorch the face of the earth!


Back from the tour

Added: 2008-12-07

So, the Hammer battalion tour is over and we bastards are back home. Damn, we had hell of a good time! The atmosphere between the bands was awesome. All hail One man army and the undead quartet, Krisiun and Unleashed. And of course big hail to all of you who came to see the shows!


European tour

Added: 2008-08-29

Shade Empire confirm their first European tour! SE will join Unleashed's (Swe) "Hammer Battalion" - tour where other participant bands are Krisiun (Bra) and One Man Army & the Undead Quarted (Swe). Exact touring schedule is:

25.11.2008 (CH) Geneve @ L'Usine
26.11.2008 (GER) Stuttgart @ LKA-Longhorn
27.11.2008 (A) Worgl @ Komma
28.11.2008 (GER) Trier @ Exhaus
29.11.2008 (CH) Erstfeld @ Transilvania Live
30.11.2008 (FR) Colmar @ Grillen
01.12.2008 (ITA) Piacenza @ For Sale
02.12.2008 (SLO) Ljubljana @ Media Park
03.12.2008 (A) Traun @ Spinnerei
04.12.2008 (A) Vienna @ Szene
05.12.2008 (GER) Hannover @ Musikzentrum
06.12.2008 (GER) Berlin @ K17
07.12.2008 (POL) Warsaw @ Progresja


Serpent-Angel video online!

Added: 2008-04-30

New video from Serpent-Angel can be seen HERE. Check it out!!


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