Civilisation On Vinyl

Sunday, 03 February 2019.

Civilisation On Vinyl

Following the fantastic response to Southern Empire’s Civilisation this year which received ‘Best Album of 2018’ in many polls, we at GEP are happy to announce the release of Civilisation on vinyl.

This is going to be a beautiful product: gatefold sleeve with double translucent blue vinyl in black poly-lined inner sleeves.

Strictly limited to 500 copies, the pre-sales are available from the GEP online shop HERE – shipping as soon as stock arrives.

Damanek release 2nd album 'In Flight' with GEP

Thursday, 23 August 2018.

Damanek release 2nd album 'In Flight' with GEP

Following their critically acclaimed first album ‘On Track’, Damanek are set to  release their second album ‘In Flight’ on the GEP label on the 5th October 2018.

‘In Flight’ is another a genre-defying collection of sophisticated songs that again manage to combine impressive technical proficiency with catchy hooks and vast soundscapes. Sean Timms’ sleek production adds to the overall sense of quality and class on this impressive second album. The new album has been described as “Dark and Dense, Intense and Immense!” and includes the new 3 part epic ‘Big Eastern’ taking the listener on an emotive journey from East to West: from the poorest rural lands of China to the West Coast of the USA.

Track listing:

  • Ragusa
  • Skyboat
  • The Crawler
  • Moon-Catcher (Heaven Song Pt.2)
  • The Crossing
  • Big Eastern Pt 1 – Cruel Skies
  • Big Eastern Pt 2 – The Shaking Earth
  • Big Eastern Pt 3 – A Life In Chinatown

Damanek are: Guy Manning: (The Tangent) vocals, keyboards, guitars; percussion; bass; Dan Mash: (‘Maschine’) bass; Marek Arnold: (‘Toxic Smile’/’Seven Steps to the Green Door’) saxes & seaboard; and Sean Timms: (‘Southern Empire’/’Unitopia’) keyboards; guitar; backing vocals & additional programming.

The recording of ‘In Flight’ is completed by a stellar list of guest musicians including: Brody Thomas Green – drums; Antonio Vittozzi – guitars; Luke Machin  – guitars; Tzan Nico – electric guitar; Raf Azaria – violin; DavidB – backing vocals; Kevin Currie – backing vocals; Julie King – backing vocals;The Gospo Collective and Jones Commentary Choir.


Southern Empire - Civilisation

Thursday, 14 June 2018.

Southern Empire - Civilisation

Following the success of the eponymously titled first album in 2016 GEP are very happy to announce the release of the second Southern Empire album 'CIVILISATION’ on 20th July.

Sean Timms: "It's always exciting to release a new album and this one is particularly special as it marks the first time a band member (apart from myself) has written one of the songs. Album opener 'Goliath's Moon' has been written by our guitarist Cam Blokland and it's a smash!

There's also a re-worked, extended version of a song I wrote with Mark Trueack for the abandoned Unitopia album titled 'Crossroads', a piece I worked on with Steve Unruh from Samurai of Prog called 'Innocence & Fortune' and another 'epic'... 'Cries For the Lonely' which drummer Brody Green had a huge hand in creating, as did all of the guys. This is truly a band effort and we can't wait for you all to hear it!!!"

The band are set to tour internationally in the autumn to support their new album.

17th November: Pwllheli HRH Prog, UK
21st November: Reichenbach Bergkeller, Germany
22nd November: Verviers Spirit Of 66, Belgium
24th November: Zoetermeer De Boerderi, Netherlands
27th November: The Victoria, Swindon, UK
28th November: Southampton The Joiners, UK
29th November: Bilston The Robin 2, UK 
30th November: London Boston Music Room, UK
1st December: Maltby Classic Rock Society, UK

Based in Australia, Southern Empire were formed by Sean Timms following the dissolution of his previous band Unitopia. Influenced by the likes of Dream Theater, IQ, Transatlantic, Karnivool and Steven Wilson, Southern Empire bring a harder, more edgy sound to their music whilst displaying a knack for catchy songs and great melodic hooks.

Southern Empire are:

Sean Timms - Keyboards/Vocals/Saxophone
Danny Lopresto - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Cam Blokland - Guitar/Vocals
Brody Green - Drums/Vocals
Jez Martin - Bass/Vocals


Southern Empire Album Launch

Friday, 11 March 2016.

Southern Empire Album Launch

GEP Records and Empire Events are proud to announce that Australian progressive rock act Southern Empire will launch their eponymous debut album Sunday May 22nd at HQ Complex.

The event will be filmed for a future DVD release and streamed live world-wide. Tickets are available from the link below.

The album, released on March 18th through GEP Records features a bonus DVD of footage of the album material.

Two videos of songs from the album are available on YouTube at these locations;

Video 1

Video 2

Southern Empire were formed by keyboardist Sean Timms following the dissolution of his previous band Unitopia. Citing influences from the likes of Dream Theater, IQ, Transatlantic, Karnivool & Steven Wilson, the band brings a harder, edgier sound to their music whilst displaying a knack for catchy songs and great melodic hooks.

Pre-order the new Southern Empire

Tuesday, 16 February 2016.

Pre-order the new Southern Empire

You can now pre-order the new release from Southern Empire which will be available from March 18th 2016.

You can pre-order at the GEP ONLINE STORE

Southern Empire (GEPCDDVD2003) is a CD/DVD package featuring the following:


1. Show Me The Way
2. Forest Fire
3. Hold
4. How Long
5. The Bridge That Binds
  i. Don’t Look Down
  ii. The Bridge That Binds
  iii. Before You Know It
  iv. Turbulence
  v. Show Me A Sign
  vi. Undercurrents
  vii. Let The River Run Red
  viii. It All Depends
  ix. The End Of My Days
6. Dreams & Machines
1. Forest Fire
2. Hold
3. How Long
4. The Bridge That Binds

The band plan to tour internationally to support the album. Take a look a the Southern Empire band page for more information.



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