Course of Empire United States
Course of Empire was a hard-edged alternative music group based in Dallas, Texas from 1988 to 1998. In their early years, large drums would be placed throughout the audience as a means to eliminate the separation between performer and audience. This practice was stopped when the drums ceased to be played by ever increasing crowds, becoming dangerous missiles instead. Song topics were initially of a more political and environmental stance (the name Course of Empire having come from a 5 piece series by 19th Century painter Thomas Cole).