Imperial Triumphant are a band from New York that h as been featured before in this zine and plays an experimental form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Abyssal Gods" which will be released in March by Aural Music.
A very fast, raw and avant garde black metal sound starts off the album along with a great amount of blast beats before adding in grim and high pitched screams and the songs also bring in a great amount of distorted yet experimental melodies along with a touch of modern classical music being added into the songs at times.
At time s the vocals can be very guttural giving the music some bestial black metal traces and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the tracks also have a very ritualistic feeling to them and as the album progresses some of the tracks also bring in some elements of death metal.
As the album progresses a brief song with choirs is added onto the recording while a couple of tracks are instrumental avant garde classical pieces and some of the later songs also add in a small amount of acoustic guitars along with the heavier sections bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and there are also a few songs that are long and epic in length.
Imperial Triumphant creates a black metal album that is very avant garde and experimental sounding as well as being very original and this album would take an average person awhile to get use to and this is the type of album that needs repeated listens to be fully understood, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark, occult and anti catholic/christian themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Imperial Triumphant and if you are a fan of avant garde and experimental black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Abyssal Gods" "Opposing Holiness" "Twins" and "Black Psychedelia". 8 out of 10.