Dead Emperors Iowa City With the demise of Prog/Psych/Doom band Mad Monks, rhythm section of 13 years, Larson (vocals/bass) and Eric Dirks (drums) began working on new material with the intention of continuing as a riff-heavy power trio in the summer of 2014. After much searching the group was completed with ex-Oculus lead-guitarist, Evan Chadwick. The group settled in to a heavy blend of classic stoner rock and doom laced metal compositions influenced heavily by Black Sabbath, High On Fire, Red Fang, Soundgarden, and Truckfighters. The band began playing shows around the Iowa City/Des Moines Iowa area in 2015, playing venues like Gabe's and Lefty's Live Music, honing their sound and gathering material suitably heavy for their recording debut. Now, in 2016 the group has completed their first release, a 5-song, self-titled EP recorded and mastered by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios. This premiere of original riffs and crushing rhythms is a definite step away from the lengthy and intensely layered material of previous projects. Driven by Chadwick's pure-amp-tone, this release screams of bygone days where metal was cranked-up amps, blistering leads, shouting vocals, rumbling bass lines, and tribal drums. The EP will see a digital and limited physical release in March of 2016 accompanied by the music video for the first single, "Panta Rhei."