"We released a record in 2009 called Consciousness in 2009 and toured the second half of that year, and all through 2010. We came home right before Christmas of 2010 and we were just very discouraged with the way the music business was going. So we took a break and regrouped," Smile Empty Soul vocalist/guitarist Sean Danielsen told Noisecreep during a recent chat about their new album 3's.

The time away did Smile Empty Soul good. 3's is easily their best work since their 2003 self-titled breakthrough album. "We've definitely grown on this album. It's its own record when you sit it next to the other ones we've made so far. This one is heavier and much more riff-oriented than anything we've done in the past. It's more progressive, but it still has the melodic base that we've always done," Danielsen said.

With 3's now in stores, Noisecreep has partnered with Smile Empty Soul to bring you the video premiere to the album's first single, "Afterlife."

Watch Smile Empty Soul's "Afterlife" Video

Smile Empty Soul's new album, 3's, is available now!

Check out Smile Empty Soul on tour with The Veer Union and Ionia:

May 25th in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

May 26th in Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgator's

May 27th in Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Theater

May 31st in Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's

June 1st in Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

June 2nd in Baltimore, MD @ Recher

June 3rd in Springfield, VA @ Empire

June 4th in Raleigh, NC @ The Berkeley Cafe

June 5th in Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan's

June 6th in Cocoa, FL @ 321 Local

June 8th in St Pete, FL @ The Local 400

June 9th in Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster's Pit

June 11th in Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

June 12th in Nashville, TN @ 12 and Porter

June 14th in Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

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