Imperial Triumphant
Vile Luxury


3.8
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
June 29th, 2018 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ever triumphant.

For all of their ostentatious embellishments, Imperial Triumphant have always been described in the most reductive ways. They sound like Deathspell Omega. Or, as this reviewer's boyfriend says, they're that band with the Eyes Wide Shut masks. To garner such comparisons, Imperial Triumphant have aligned themselves with the most grisly and opulent influences, attempting to capture a unique picture of the true horrors of modern society in a city filled with Tom Wolffe-style vapidity and greed.

To promote this nihilistic imagery, Imperial Triumphant play fiery blackened-death metal, a la Deathspell Omega. Per their new visual style, the package is wrapped in a bold black and gold art deco, feeling like an homage to the dark excess of their native New York. In an era where the "1%," vile corporations, and Wall Street are the ~real modern day villains~ (a very 'woke' but also accurate statement), Imperial Triumphant's gilded masks feel full of acerbic criticism while still paying homage to the horrors usually adorned by the genre. Their newest album, Vile Luxury, as its name suggests, reflects the darker side of the gluttony and excess of living in a country built upon commercialization and materialization. This message is conveyed physically as well as through their music. Bold brass is consistently at odds with deeper, almost spiritual segments; a jagged sound signifying vying powers and cultures within American society. It's oppressive, mechanical, and deeply disturbing--a sentiment that is assuredly the point.

Whether or not Imperial Triumphant meant to convey such targeted messages remains to be seen, but the fact that such connections can be made from their literary ambitions speaks to the attempted complexity of their music and image. Now, in many ways, metal, and especially black metal, succeeds exceptionally when there’s a sense of self awareness to the pomp and circumstance. Imperial Triumphant understand themselves but the tongue is planted firmly out of cheek. It's portentous as can be, but you aren't rolling your eyes throughout the bombast because Imperial Triumphant make it so goddamn theatrical and alluring.

Grand ambitions aside, Imperial Triumphant have always succeeded with their familiar, albeit effective, style of blackened-death metal. Vile Luxury in this respect does not disappoint. In many ways is trumps their powerhouse sophomore record, Abyssal Gods by offering up the same amount of contained chaos but with a smarter use of restraint. After all, Vile Luxury is a much weirder album. It's much more atmospheric and, for lack of a better term, avant-garde. Gorguts-style death metal is front and center here which makes sense given their influence on the dissonant-metal niche. From all of this is a less messy record than its predecessor. There is less of a cacophonous and suffocating atmosphere with Imperial Triumphant giving their music room to breath. Segments of hollow and formless sounds stretch in between bouts of unrefined blackened chaos. For example, ertain areas of the album, most notably during "Cosmopolis," run wild with jazzy further only to collapse into a bleak void of death growls and dowtuned guitars.

Vile Luxury is a metal record primed and ready for 2018. From this reviewer's descriptions, if it sounds hard pin down, that's because it is. It's a brazenly ambitious and outre take on a overdone niche area of metal; unique but comforting in its familiarity. Those attuned to Imperial Triumphant will find a lot to love with plenty of new ideas to digest as well.



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Xenophanes
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June 29th 2018


1474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I’ve been waiting to post this for like a month

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brainmelter
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5997 Comments

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ayyy this band is cool, will check this out

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deezer666
June 29th 2018


3738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cant wait for this

Chambered79
June 30th 2018


146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might be my aoty

Shadowmire
July 1st 2018


4568 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so excited

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2018


2576 Comments


Band shared the review, great shit dude. Band is too fucking dope, keen to give this a jam.

verbaloid
July 2nd 2018


1 Comments


Oh, yeah. I'm gonna make a vinyl review as soon as the LP lands on my porch.
Meanwhile, here's some sludge metal vinyl review:
bit.ly/2KizVwl

Flugmorph
July 3rd 2018


19678 Comments


anyone got a dl for this? nothing on slsk for half a week

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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2018


1474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Idk if it has leaked. I got the DL two months ago so I’m surprised it hasn’t yet.

Flugmorph
July 3rd 2018


19678 Comments


oh i see its only gonna drop friday next week. that explains it. thought it was already out but just obscure.

DDDeftoneDDD
July 4th 2018


2438 Comments


curious about this. saw it being reviewed on here first - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCxUEA_ogbc with Vein's. Maybe it's a nice time to start listening to this guys and to get into their previous discog. Nice sput review to btw.

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BallsToTheWall
July 5th 2018


48992 Comments


Great review. It’s nice how this band has progressed over he years.

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necropig
July 11th 2018


4868 Comments


Getting spicy now, positive review here and AMG just put out a 4.5

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JasonCarne
July 12th 2018


999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is sick, kinda like a mix of Portal, Ulcerate, and Maudlin of the Well, topped with a bit of Blut Aus Nord.

Elynna
July 13th 2018


279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My interest is piqued, will make this a top priority

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Elynna
July 13th 2018


279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, most tracks aren’t listenable yet on bandcamp

hansoloshotfirst
July 13th 2018


1097 Comments


weird since today is its release day. they are already listenable on the the throatruiner bandcamp page though. http://music.throatruinerrecords.com/album/vile-luxury

Elynna
July 13th 2018


279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, will get right on it

deezer666
July 13th 2018


3738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Rules as expected

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2018


2576 Comments


Slaps ass as predicted



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