Our Story

From the propulsive, driving force guitars to the first vocal note heard, Divide the Empire is a massive epiphany of sound, start to finish.


With vocals intensely delivered through by their lyrics, listeners are left with nothing, but the feels. It should come as no surprise that the band’s passion and desire shine through in their music. A five-piece band, where each band member infuses a portion of their own musical backgrounds and influences to create a unique, dynamic hard rock sound. Their influences can be heard their music and include bands such as, Bad Company, Soundgarden, SRV, Black Flag, Faith No More, Iggy and the Stooges, Porcupine Tree, Thrice, AC/DC, D.R.I., Alice In Chains, The Black Crowes, and Tool.

This veteran St. Louis rock band was recently voted 2019 Best Rock Band by Rock University Festival and has collectively shared the stage with such national acts as Black Stone Cherry, Cracker, Gene Simmons, Aaron Lewis, Jack Russell's Great White, and stand poised to explode onto the national stage, themselves.  From releasing their music video for their heavy hitting, hauntingly addictive song “Carnival Ride” in 2017, to working with famed producer Beau Hill (best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Kix, Winger, Streets, Warrant, Fiona, Europe and Ratt) on their latest release “Prescriptions” to having their music featured in the newly released movie, ‘Efflictum’. Divide the Empire has set the stage for success and will be releasing a steady stream of uniquely powerful new music in 2019. 

Randy Shanks - Vocals/Lead Guitar
Keith Thurnau - Percussion
John Crain - Bass

Stephen Armond Vogt - Keys/Backing Vocals
Joe Burrow - Guitar