Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville

7.9 | 96 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]

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.

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Imperial Triumphant may have very well become one of my absolute favorite Avant-garde bands of the past ten years.

published 01.08.2020 | Comments (16)

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27.08.2020 - 18:32
This was engaging to say the least. Primarily Paracletus and ION vibes both structurally and sonically speaking which says also how far the former record has become for timelining dissonant avantgarde black in the last decade. For Alphaville to have reason to retry already means this is Imperial at their unironic golden prime. Highest level art, highest level photography worth showing to apply with too so we'll see if this catches on upon retry spins.

28.09.2020 - 20:37
Rating: 8
Mr. Doctor
A truly great album but I can't help but feel that the previous one took my breath away far more than this one. I really want to give it a 9 but Vile Luxury set a different mark for me.
This one feels a bit less disturbing and, well... vile than Vile Luxury. I will give it a lot of listenings for sure. Maybe it was dumb to listen to the album while doing something else. This type of music does take time and focus after all.

Edit: One thing I can say that sort of changes the theme of this album compared to the previous is of course the production. Although this is not a complaint but just an obsrvation. The production on Vile Luxury was more muddy and oppressive which makes sense to me since the album had a more desperate vibe and lyrical tone, as if it was from the perspective of the oppressed. Here it is almost the other way around. A shinier sound with more flashy and stravagant jams. It is less violent. As if it was a representation of the grand city trying to invite you in.

Edit #2 : Hearing Yoshiko Ohara's banshee screams gives me a little hope that one day I will hear a new Bloody Panda.
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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