Imperial Triumphant
Abyssal Gods


4.2
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
March 5th, 2015 | 27 replies


Release Date: 02/27/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Abyssal Gods" is the first 'must hear' metal record of the year; a true masterpiece that is brilliant concoction of old and new.

"From Palaces of the Hive" erupts with absolutely no fanfare. There is no gentle intro nor carefully plotted beginning. It's unexpected and immediate; a veritable hell unleashed that razes the path from the very start. Really, though, there is no better way to be introduced to Imperial Triumphant.

You'd be forgiven for immediately pointing out the commonalities between Imperial Triumphant and a bevy of other acts. After all, the band does not hide its terrific pedigree which most prominently features Deathspell Omega and Gorguts. The groove laden passages of the latter melt into a sublime blend of murky production and fiery aesthetics, making the band's latest, Abyssal Gods a dark and gratifying black metal record. In fact, no other album this year has quite captured the immediacy and precision of what's found here. The New York natives have crafted that special blend of homage and originality, playing of the strengths of some of the best in the game whilst still throwing in enough flair to allow listeners to experience something new.

Abyssal Gods is an absolute behemoth of modern blackened death metal. It's dark without sounding overtly occult or unsettling, but rather, features a suffocating atmosphere that envelopes the entire affair. Bits of "gothic" beauty stagger the more obtuse tracks, with haunting choruses and subtle strings adding just a little extra throughout. Tracks such as "Dead Heaven" and "Twins" are true standouts, albeit showing off a little more dramatics through experimental passages and explosive interludes. But in the albums more introverted moments you'll find the true brilliance. The restrained "doom" influences that are featured in "Krokodil" and "Black Psychedelia" come together beautifully, giving the album just a little more added dimension. Of course, the title track and closer give the album more than enough flavor as they attempt to convey a sense of avant-garde a la Deathspell Omega. These two selections do not really do quite as much, instead just standing out as, well, different compared to the rest of the album. Still, they're well done enough that you won't be left wanting.

Imperial Triumphant have created a landmark album with Abyssal Gods. A blackened death masterpiece, the album is a near perfect concoction of what is old, new, and hopefully what is to come. No other band this year has been close to building such a pristine and vibrant package as Imperial Triumphant, and it should definitely not be missed.



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emester
March 5th 2015


8251 Comments


found this on band camp not even 5 minutes ago. Seems pretty awesome

emester
March 5th 2015


8251 Comments


listening right now and I gotta say this is not really doing it for me

SomeGuyDude
March 5th 2015


374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This review is just way, way too hyperbolic, every single sentence seems centered around how this is the greatest thing ever and bow down to the masters etc etc. If this were to show up anywhere else I'd say it's just a promo blurb and not actually a "review". The constant lofty praise like "no other band" or "landmark" and "masterpiece" are just way over the top. Good as this album might be (and it's all right, not amazing), it doesn't warrant that much lavish, drooling praise.



Also, "pedigree" would mean that it actually has members FROM those bands. Your pedigree is your lineage. DsO and Gorguts are certainly inspirations for this band (as well as owing about 75% of their sound to Portal), but that's not their pedigree.

emester
March 5th 2015


8251 Comments


Getting better with each listen. Yeah I think my main problem with this is the atmospheric breaks. Kinda loses the momentum of the sonic chaos going on here. Other than that, this is pretty solid.

emester
March 5th 2015


8251 Comments


Also the closer really doesnt blend with the overall sound of the album. Kinda feels like 4 minutes wasted

Space Jester
March 5th 2015


5784 Comments


Surprised to see this reviewed! Awesome album.

RustCohle
March 6th 2015


250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing tech album, almost as good as Deathspell Omega

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Gyromania
March 7th 2015


26503 Comments


but is it as good as sigh?

Wizard
March 8th 2015


20209 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Certainly brings the murk quite a bit, liking this quite a bit.



Well done with the review buddy.



amazing tech album, almost as good as Deathspell Omega



Why is Deathspell Omega becoming the new comparative in tech-metal?

zaruyache
March 8th 2015


20387 Comments


I assume because they're the band that made the whole extreme blackened jazz metal thing a thing in the first place, and they rule at it. But no, this is not comparable at all to DSO. DSO destroy everything.

Digging: Forest - Like a Blaze Above the Ashes

controlled
March 8th 2015


660 Comments


i'm sorry but this album is just very ok. not even close to their last one.

"DSO destroy everything."

lol.

Storm In A Teacup
March 8th 2015


26223 Comments


Who the fuck is Deathspell Omega. Sounds like a finishing maneuver

ZippaThaRippa
March 8th 2015


10472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A bit Portaly

DungeonBoy
March 9th 2015


5456 Comments


"Who the ___ is Deathspell Omega. Sounds like a finishing maneuver"

this probably isn't for you.

Digging: Flying Horses - Reverie

ChoccyPhilly
March 9th 2015


11794 Comments


wow, this looks good. Will check out

Digging: Bliss Signal - Bliss Signal

zaruyache
March 9th 2015


20387 Comments


yeah this is way more Portal-y than DSO-y by far.

Lethean
March 9th 2015


1487 Comments


it's decent

Wizard
March 14th 2015


20209 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Gone through this album a bunch of times this week and quite frankly, I'm probably just getting really tired of death metal bands that murk in weird techy ways. It just all sounds like a bunch of wank (kind of like how new Gorguts murked strangely in the wrong direction).

Cygnatti
March 15th 2015


32732 Comments


Sounds exactly like not my thing
But then someone said it was portal-y, and portal rules so which is it then?!

Anthracks
March 16th 2015


6269 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty much totally average.



Wizard doesn't like technical music dude why do you even listen to metal



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