Collapse Under the Empire play instrumental post-rock, but influences from other genres such as trip hop, shoegazing, synthpop and progressive hard rock can also be found within. The style of the band was compared to bands like 65daysofstatic and God Is An Astronaut.
Chris Burda and Martin Grimm found themselves together for the first time in summer 2008 in Hamburg. Under the name Collapse Under The Empire, four songs were composed for their first EP Paintball in 2008.
The debut album Systembreakdown was initially released independently in 2009. A year later the successor Find a Place to be Safe was released through the label Sister Jack Records and began to make the band known internationally. Magazines such as Q, Clash and Rock Sound praised the cinematic sound of the band.
In September 2012, Collapse Under The Empire released their fourth album, Fragments of a Prayer on their own, newly founded label, Finaltune Records.
The band has previously raised money for environmental organisations with two Charity Singles. In 2011 The Silent Death was published in aid of Sharkproject and in 2014 Lost was published in aid of Rettet den Regenwald.