- Tom DeLonge: vocals, guitar
- David Kennedy: Guitar
- Adam Willard: Drums
I- Empire is the second album by the American alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves. It was published on 2 November 2007, approximately one and a half years after their debut album We Do not Need to Whisper. I- Empire is a concept album and continues the story of the first album.
Shortly after a tour April 2007, the band began with the studio recordings for I- Empire. The bassist Ryan sense left before the tour, the band due to certain inconsistencies and was represented then by Matthew Wachter, former bassist of 30 Seconds to Mars. After the tour Wachter joined the band and began recording with him.
The album was sold in the first week of release and 66,000 in the second week after the publication of 20,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada. A contribution of Billboard January 25, 2010 According to the album in the U.S. was sold 268,000 times worldwide with high probability over 500,000 Mal.Damit not reached I- Empire, the sales figures of the previous album.
In a band biography Tom DeLonge has said: " The Empire on which the album title indicates, is the" inner "Empire. It is a way of looking at the world as if it were yours. "
Furthermore, he brought in an MTV interview showing: "In the first album it came to the idea that - when you look at yourself differently in the world - you actually could change the world around them, even if not the world itself. 's new album is the fact that the idea is realized and this philosophical thesis takes shape that so you can actually change the world by you look at them differently. "
Total time 53:00
In the intro of the last song Heaven are sequentially very brief excerpts from songs Valkyrie Missile, The Adventure, Start the Machine and the outro again Valkyrie Missile heard. These are songs of the first, preceded the album by Angels & Airwaves. Thus, the thematic connection of the albums is expressed.