DEAD EMPIRE is a Band that will bring Rock Back to the Top” - Road Dog Radio Show


NEw Zealand

Dead Empire is a four-piece original prog rock band based in Mount Maunganui NZ.  Exploring unique time signatures paired with catchy song lyrics Dead Empire brings an energetic presence to any type of audience. Teaming up with artists across NZ Dead Empire aims to break stereotypes of fitting into specific genres of music.

Milky Way- Guitar
Kaine Harkins - vocals, keys
Joel Luna- Bass
Matt Ruddell- Drums

Dead Empire competed in the Battle of the Bands NZ placing 3rd and was awarded Best Drummer in 2020 and again in 2022 ending the same result having spent some time in the studio working with New Zealand heavyweight producer Nathan Sowter of Link Flamingo having worked with Sophie Maude/ Blindspott and Deadbeat to name a few, have captured a sound that needs to be shared and 2023 is the year for that with 17 gigs under the belt this year so far and it only being half way through year and many more in the works the Dead Empire has hit the ground running their latest single Buckley is out now on all major services

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