News from When Empires Fall, the band put together by former Stolen Earth and Breating Space bassist Paul Teasdale, from their Facebook page.
When Empires Fall are proud to announce that the debut album is now on it’s way to mastering, and will be with you all very shortly. The final play list is as follows:
On My Skin
Journey To The Sun
Call To the Night’s Watch (ft Aleksandra Koziol)
Under No Illusion (ft Mark Rowen)
We Are The Future
Moonbeams (ft Joanne Wallis)
A nice playing time of 49 minutes, and a tear for some excellent tracks which unfortunately did not fit the ‘flow’ of the album (coming soon to a soundcloud channel near you!)
Paul wrote the bulk of the music for Stolen Earth’s excellent “A Far Cry From Home”, so this album is something to look forward to.
I’ve interviewed former Stolen Earth and Breathing Space frontwoman Heidi Widdop for Trebuchet Magazine. While the focus is naturally on her new project Cloud Atlas, we also talked about Stolen Earth and touched on the very early days of Mostly Autumn when Heidi was in the band.
Cloud Atlas is the new band featuring former Stolen Earth vocalist Heidi Widdop.
Something entirely new and it’s been a long time coming! Working closely alongside Martin Ledger and with a host of excellent musicians, our debut album will be available this year. The website will be launched soon and details of how to pre-order will follow shortly.
The lineup features one or two names that may be familiar to a few people; Martin Ledger and Dave Randall were in the final lineup of Stolen Earth, and Stu Carver was an early member of Mostly Autumn.
Heidi Widdop – Vocals & Acoustic Martin Ledger – Guitars Stu Carver – Bass Neil Scott – Drums Dave Randall – Keyboards
It will be very interesting to hear how they sound and see how they develop.
Sad but not entirely unexpected news from Stolen Earth
Barry would like to say:
Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years and I would like to wish all the band members I have worked with over the years all the best in what ever they do. Hope I will see you all again somewhere down the line. Cheers Barry.
All of us would like to thank you all for your support and we hope you continue to enjoy A Far Cry from Home.
There are limited albums available but you can still grab one of the few copies via the website.
Many Thanks People
I supported Stolen Earth from the very beginning when they evolved out what had been the final lineup of Breathing Space. Right from the beginning they were a great example of real musicians making great music completely off the mainstream radar.
I saw their very first live appearance at the 2011 Cambridge Rock Festival; a high-profile gig like that would be a baptism of fire for any band. The band went on to record their debut album “A Far Cry From Home” a powerful and atmospheric record which turned out to be one of the unexpected highlights of 2012. A year on from their first appearance they returned to the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2012 with a triumphant set that gave several higher-profile acts a serious run for their money.
In the following months, the band underwent a number of lineup changes, which ultimately saw only vocalist Heidi Widdop and drummer Barry Cassells remaining from the original band. Even then, with new members coming on board, the future looked optimistic. The video for the new song “Searchlight” unveiled a harder-edged more guitar driven sound, with some powerchord riffing from the new guitarist Martin Ledger recalling The Cult circa “Sonic Temple”.
After all that optimism, it’s rather sad to see the whole thing fall apart, but after Heidi’s announcement last week that she was leaving the band, it was difficult to see any band continuing under the Stolen Earth name. Heidi has certainly promised across multiple comments in Facebook that the material she’d written for the next Stolen Earth album will still see the light of day in some form, and I also look forward to seeing whatever projects Barry Cassells involves himself in next. He’s a great drummer and a top bloke, and I wish him all the best.
Announced on the Stolen Earth Facebook group this morning.
Sometimes you have to embrace change, take risks, have faith in yourself and other people. After much thought, I have decided to leave Stolen Earth, I’m following my instinct and my heart. I am eternally grateful to everyone who has supported the band, you have been wonderful.
After the excellent debut “A Far Cry From Home“, and a big build-up for their much-anticipated follow-up, including the superb new track “Searchlight“, this came as a bit of a shock. No news (as yet) of future plans from either Heidi or the rest of the band, but all I will say is “Watch this space”.
We would like to announce the arrival of our new Keyboardologist! We are excited to welcome Dave Randall in to the fold!! He’s a bit of a wiz on the keys and we are all looking forward to recording the second album and plenty of live dates with him on board! Hurray!
All at Stolen Earth x
Great news to see that band back up to full strength, and it will be very interesting to see how the new-look Stolen Earth sounds live when they’re back in action in the second half of the year.
It will be a very different band from the Stolen Earth that recorded 2012′s “A Far Cry From Home“, but if “Searchlight” is anything to go by, it’s looking like exciting times for Stolen Earth fans.
The band have been teasing us with stills from this for months. Now Stolen Earth have unleashed the full video of the song “Searchlight”, which will be on their as yet untitled second album due for release in the Autumn.
It’s a very different Stolen Earth from the band that recorded 2012′s “A Far Cry From Home“, indeed only singer Heidi Widdop and drummer Barry Cassells remain from that incarnation. The track features Riversea’s Brendan Eyre guesting on keys while the band seek a permanent replacement for the recently departed John Sykes.
I like this song a lot; give it a listen and see what you think!
So, all is good in the Stolen Earth camp, writing for the second album is really chugging along , our demo and video are almost ready and we are all buzzing, however, due to the fact nothing in the music world is straightforward and it’s hard to juggle family and work commitments along with band stuff, an opening has developed and we will be holding auditions for a keyboard person over the next few weeks! This is an exciting opportunity for the right person as your input on the forthcoming album will be vital!
If you’re able to gig with a band based in York, and have what it takes to be the keyboard player for this superb atmospheric rock band, this might just be the gig for you!
It is with much pleasure and great excitement, we welcome Martin Ledger into the fold, he will be joining the Stolen Earth family as lead guitarist. Those of you familiar with any of Heidi’s previous projects will recognise Martin as one half of The Secrets and will know what a fantastic asset to the band he will be!
We are getting stuck into writing the second album, booking summer gigs, recording a lovely new track with some visual delights to go alongside it and generally looking forward to the future!
Thank you to everyone who has joined us on the journey so far, lets continue together and see where we go!!
Stolen Earth x
Certainly good news for Stolen Earth fans, and I look forward to seeing how the new lineup sounds live.
It’s always this time of year we get announcements like this…
I’m writing this update to tell you that I’ve made the difficult decision to take a step back from Stolen Earth. I feel that with work and family commitments, I can no longer give the band the attention it deserves. However, I’ve had some truly wonderful times and memories over the past 3 years which I will take with me and never forget.
Joining Breathing Space back in 2010 was an incredible experience which led to one of my proudest musical moments; the release of ‘A Far Cry From Home’ last year with Stolen Earth. But meeting so many great people on the way has been equally amazing. To get to know such generous and loyal supporters of original music has been a humbling experience and one which gives me a lot of optimism for the future. This certainly won’t be the end; not for Stolen Earth or for me – I’m hoping to use the ‘down-time’ to work on the many ideas that are floating around my head for new songs and so I’m sure this won’t be the last you’ll hear from me!
I’d like to wish Barry, Chris, Heidi and John all the very best for the future, and I’m sure I’ll see many of you at some gig or other very soon!
Adam’s distinctively atmospheric guitar playing was an important ingredient of Stolen Earth’s sound, and he made a big contribution to the songwriting on the band’s superb début album “A Far Cry From Home”. He’ll be a hard act to follow.
The band added their statement:
He has been a real asset to the band and will be greatly missed, we wish him every success for the future. Of course we will continue and have started work on our second album. We look forward to seeing you all later in the year.
Heidi, Barry, Chris and John x
It’s never easy for bands at this level juggling their musical actities around work and family responsibilities, and in some ways it’s remarkable that some bands can keep stable lineups together as long as they do.
As a fan I naturally hope Stolen Earth bounce back stronger than ever with a new lineup, and wish Adam all the best in whatever musical projects he does next.