Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville



8 | 39 votes |
Release date: 31 July 2020
Style: Avantgarde metal, Technical death metal

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01. Rotted Futures
02. Excelsior
03. City Swine
04. Atomic Age
05. Transmission To Mercury
06. Alphaville
07. The Greater Good
08. Experiment [Voivod cover] [bonus]
09. Happy Home [The Residents cover] [bonus]

Line-up
Ilya Goddessraper - guitars, vocals
Kenny Grohowski - drums
Steve Blanco - bass, piano, synths, vocals

Guest musicians
Yoshiko Ohara - vocals
Sarai Chrzanowski - vocals
Andromeda Anarchia - vocals
Phlegeton - vocals
J. Walter Hawkes - trombone
Tomas Haake - taiko drums
Colin James Marston - guitars

Additional info
Artwork by Zbigniew M. Bielak.

Staff review by
Apothecary
Rating:
9.0
Imperial Triumphant may have very well become one of my absolute favorite Avant-garde bands of the past ten years.

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published 01.08.2020 | Comments (15)

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09.04.2020 - 10:31
JHNxNLSSN
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09.04.2020 - 12:02
Rating: 9
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Something tells me this may not actually have anything to do with the synthpop band.
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




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09.04.2020 - 22:10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by RaduP on 09.04.2020 at 12:02

Something tells me this may not actually have anything to do with the synthpop band.


Something tells me this may have everything to do with the movie.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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15.04.2020 - 04:02
mz
Since when they are a death metal band?
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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27.04.2020 - 14:25
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by mz on 15.04.2020 at 04:02

Since when they are a death metal band?

I tagged them as that. I see them being labeled as black metal a lot of the time and that's just inaccurate. Core is a lot more death than BM. I'd be open to dropping that though and just having them as "Avantgarde metal," but that's it
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Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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27.04.2020 - 20:46
mz
Written by Apothecary on 27.04.2020 at 14:25

I tagged them as that. I see them being labeled as black metal a lot of the time and that's just inaccurate. Core is a lot more death than BM. I'd be open to dropping that though and just having them as "Avantgarde metal," but that's it

I disagree. I find almost 0 DM in their sound.
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29.04.2020 - 21:59
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
A Voivod cover too? Hot damn, can't wait to hear their take on that.
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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03.07.2020 - 13:05
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
New song

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17.07.2020 - 09:47
Rating: 9
matt4815162342
And yet another song. Feels even more "avantgarde" than the ones that were already publisher. Not that I complain, I absolutely love it!

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31.07.2020 - 14:31
Rating: 8
LedZep
Again, while I love their unique style and fantastic songwriting, sometimes I just can't get over their production. The guitars sound so tame, the bass could've been much more prominent too. It sounds a bit bland as a whole. Could've been a top 10 or top 5 candidate if they sorted the production. It's still great, don't get me wrong, but it rubs me the wrong way sometimes.
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01.08.2020 - 06:08
Rating: 9
Neachy
Written by LedZep on 31.07.2020 at 14:31

Again, while I love their unique style and fantastic songwriting, sometimes I just can't get over their production. The guitars sound so tame, the bass could've been much more prominent too. It sounds a bit bland as a whole. Could've been a top 10 or top 5 candidate if they sorted the production. It's still great, don't get me wrong, but it rubs me the wrong way sometimes.

I love the aesthetic they're shooting for here. Really wanted to find something to love in this. But I totally agree with you on the production. The guitars are emphasized so heavily in the mix yet I find them to consistently be the least interesting thing going on.
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01.08.2020 - 22:08
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Are we actually listening to the same record?
I literally have no idea what you guys are whining about with "the guitar sounds so tame" and "the bass could have been more prominent," the guitar is swirly, nasty, and energetic throughout and the bass is one of the most up front, audible aspects of the composition
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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01.08.2020 - 22:09
Maco
Classless
"Whining"
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Never trust a junkie.
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01.08.2020 - 22:52
Rating: 7
musclassia
Just listening to the embed song above (Atomic Age) cos I couldn't remember the playthrough from yesterday, have to agree there were plenty of times when the guitar tone felt kinda flat. Wouldn't say it was necessarily too high in the mix though, or at least not always; felt it was fairly low in the mix (around 6-7 min mark, I'd say it was probably the fourth most audible thing after the percussion, vocals and bass).

Also, having an opinion =/= whining
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02.08.2020 - 00:30
DeliciousDishes
Written by Neachy on 01.08.2020 at 06:08

I love the aesthetic they're shooting for here. Really wanted to find something to love in this. But I totally agree with you on the production. The guitars are emphasized so heavily in the mix yet I find them to consistently be the least interesting thing going on.

I dunno, I found the bass really prominent. Also drumming, piano, etc. I think production is the smallest problem I could ever see here. Might just be me though I rarely really care for that stuff.
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02.08.2020 - 02:21
Rating: 9
Neachy
Written by Apothecary on 01.08.2020 at 22:08

Are we actually listening to the same record?
I literally have no idea what you guys are whining about with "the guitar sounds so tame" and "the bass could have been more prominent," the guitar is swirly, nasty, and energetic throughout and the bass is one of the most up front, audible aspects of the composition

I've been listening to it at YouTube quality so I may be missing something. I really enjoy the first track and a couple others are growing on me so there is hope. Wish it was on bandcamp since that's the only music app I listen to anymore.
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03.08.2020 - 03:54
Rating: 9
Neachy
1st listen: this is pretentious drivel
2nd listen: hm, maybe there's something to this
3rd listen: am I starting to like this?
4th listen: this is fucking awesome
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03.08.2020 - 05:19
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Neachy on 03.08.2020 at 03:54

1st listen: this is pretentious drivel
2nd listen: hm, maybe there's something to this
3rd listen: am I starting to like this?
4th listen: this is fucking awesome

Atta boi
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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04.08.2020 - 13:02
mz
Why the fuck there is no full stream for this album? they dont even have it on bandcamp.
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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04.08.2020 - 14:25
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by mz on 04.08.2020 at 13:02

Why the fuck there is no full stream for this album? they dont even have it on bandcamp.

I hear there are these nifty little platforms called Spotify and YouTube
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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04.08.2020 - 14:29
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Alright guys, I did it. I fucking did it. Last night I watched the first 50 minutes of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville from 1965 (on mute), with this album synced up on my headphones.

And, well.... holy fuck is all I can say. I am now positive that, at least to some extent, the band did this album as a soundtrack. There are too many alignments between the plot and visuals of the film and the feel of the music and lyrics. There is even one moment in particular where the main character is being interrogated by one of Alphaville's computers and the computer says something like "you must know... all these questions I ask you are for the ultimate good." Meanwhile, this is happening right as the final track on the album, "The Greater Good," gets underway.

For anyone who follows my blog, I may write an article soon about watching the movie while listening to the album, and the parallels between the two. Be on the lookout.
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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04.08.2020 - 15:06
mz
Written by Apothecary on 04.08.2020 at 14:25


I hear there are these nifty little platforms called Spotify and YouTube

I dont use spotify but the full album is not on youtube as one audio file, which is the format I prefer for listening to music.
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