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White Empress: “The Congregation" Lesson Video Featuring Paul Allender — Exclusive

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive lesson video for “The Congregation" by White Empress, a band that features Paul Allender, who spent 18 years as Cradle of Filth's main guitarist.

The song is from White Empress' full-length debut, Rise of the Empress, which was mixed and mastered by veteran producer Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, Cradle of Filth). It was released in September 2014 via Peaceville Records.

The band—which also features Mary Zimmer (ex-Luna Mortis) on vocals, Chela Harper (ex-Coal Chamber) on bass, Jeremy Kohnmann (the Awakening) on guitars and Will Graney on keyboards—is busy gearing up for a busy 2015, which sees them heading to Japan in May (You can see all their current dates below), with several more shows around the world now in the works.

For more information about White Empress, visit their Facebook page or whiteempress.com.

White Empress North American Headlining Shows
• Fri 5/1 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
• Sat 5/2 - Every Buddy's - Chippewa Falls, WI
• Fri 5/8 - Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI
• Sat 5/9 - POV's 65 -Spring Lake Park, MN (Twin Cities)

Belphegor/White Empress in Japan
• Tue 5/12 Shibuya Club Quattro – Japan

White Empress Headlining in Japan
• Thu 5/14 White Empress Headlining - Astro Hall - Tokyo

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.