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IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • United States


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IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT is a US black/death/avant-garde metal act formed by Zachary Ilya EZRIN in New York City in 2005. A number of line-up changes over several years culminated in the band as it is known today eventually forming in 2012, when Erik MALAVE joined on bass, and Kenny GROHOWSKI on drums. The band released their debut album 'Abominamentvm' that same year, and IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT's second album, 'Abyssal Gods', was released in March 2015, with additional contributions from several guest musicians.

Steve BLANCO replaced Erik MALAVE on bass later in 2015, and since then the three-piece have equally shared the song-writing duties, with Zach's current bandmates also being professional jazz musicians. Following the release of the band's third studio album 'Vile Luxury' in 2018, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT embarked on their first European tour in April 2019, including a show at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. This was followed by further European dates in November 2019, including headlining the 'Cult Never Dies Stage' at Damnation Festival in Leeds, UK.

In October 2019, it was announced that IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT had signed to Century Media Records, and their most recent album 'Alphaville' was released in July 2020, with the same basic line-up as their previous album, along with contributions from several guest musicians with whom they had collaborated, amongst them Tomas HAAKE of MESGUGGAH, longtime collaborator Colin MARSTON, and Trey SPRUANCE of MR. BUNGLE.

When they play live, all three band members wear sinister Art Deco-style masks with features that represent each of their individual personalities.

================ Thanks to David (yam yam) for the updates, January 2021 ================

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Abominamentvm
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
Abyssal Gods
2015
3.63 | 8 ratings
Vile Luxury
2018
4.03 | 14 ratings
Alphaville
2020

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Summons to War
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Obeisance
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Goliath
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Inceste
2016

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4.03 | 14 ratings

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Imperial Triumphant Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by friso
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4 stars Imperial Triumphant is a New York-based technical death metal band with strong avant-garde elements. This album made the top list of 2020 albums of YouTube music reviewer Anthony Fantano and therefor got my attention. The band has also released three very intense and though-provoking video clips I can highly recommend watching (start with 'City Swine'). Basically this is very odd and chaotic sounding death metal with some noticeable influences of King Crimson, though that's mainly on the opening track 'Rotted Futures'. The band is celebrated for its attempts to find a way to really do something new in the metal genre and I would agree. Especially the late night jazz influenced high- speed death metal track 'Transmission to Mercury' sounds very original. The very intense 'Atomic Age' offers some very interesting ideas on structure and how a song is supposed to work. Love the melancholy part in the middle. The title track 'Alphaville' opens with some vile shrieking guitar parts and riffage that reminds me a bit of Voivod. Like on many extreme metal productions the sound is so intense that the whole band sounds a bit blurred and obscured. The vinyl offers some great packaging with posters, lyric sheets and stunning artwork. Music like this is however extremely hard to read for lower to mid-level turntables. The band has a stage performance with black robes and golden masks (a bit like in Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut') and sounds very competent in performing this very technical type of avant- metal. This album of Imperial Triumphant offers a very complete work of art, combining music and imagery in very interesting ways. I love the way this band is progressing a crowded genre, though I hope their next productions will have some of that sonic transparency and tightness of - for instance - later era Death. A mandatory listen for fans of the technical progressive metal genres.
Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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