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Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods


Last Updated on 02:19 AM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Black Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Code666 Records
Year: 2015

Cacophonous, grandiose. These are the two words to describe “Abyssal Gods” by New Yorkers Imperial Triumphant, an album that many listeners will find too hard to stomach and will probably completely overlook for that reason. If you want the feeling one gets when listening to this record, imagine your thoughts being crippled by despair and claustrophobia, your vision weakening into a black and white blur and the ground beneath you collapsing into aural hell.

If you think the description above is extravagant, wait till you get into Imperial Triumphant’s stuff here. “Abyssal Gods” has a dim and noisy sound that creates an unfriendly enviroment, while it’s compositions are multi-layered and divergent, creating a maniacal and effective atmosphere hard to top. Deathspell Omega and Gorguts are main musical influences, as the band goes with discordant and technical guitar lines as well as deep growls and fast paced drumming.

Right from the beginning, the opening track “From Palaces to Hive” unfolds the band’s dynamics. With peculiar back sounds and a chaotic structure, the piece thrusts over any standards the listener previously had and takes over for good. When getting slower towards the end, the melodies grow quite addictive and stay that way with the short but great second and self-titled track. One can’t help but keenly think of Deathspell Omega by now, even though “Abyssal Gods” has it’s own sound and a unique brand of poison.

Once in a while, there are interlude tracks like “Celestial War Rape” and “Vatican Lust”, which, apart from amazing titles, give another angle to the enmity of the album. “Celestial War Rape” has powerful synths and chanting vocals while the latter includes lines that remind more of traditional classical music going darker with the church bells towards the end. The last track “Metropolis” is plain schizophrenia, with atonal violin-piano-drums all over it and the opening of “Krokodil” is equally haunting, showing how everything is in perfect alignment in this record.

The vocals of Ilya Goddessraper are great, serving perfect growls and -more rarely- screams in every track. Also astonishing is the drum work, which has amazing variety and feels like the drummer Kenny Grohowski is pretty much tireless. For all I can say about the guitars, they consist of uneasy lines form the first line of the album’s intoxicating aura. It is unique and beautiful, in a brutal and distressing way.

All in all, the musicianship is top-notch and the record is flawless. Tracks like “Dead Heaven”, “Opposing Holiness”, “Twins” and “Black Psychedelia” are mindblowing, generously handing the overwhelming style of Imperial Triumphant that should establish them as one of the most interesting and dangerous bands in extreme metal right now. There are also many different, little pieces of the album that might surprise you and I’m not going to spoil them, I’m only gonna say that “Abyssal Gods” has a lot for you to experience. Listening to this IS an experience.


The gate of the cavern is despair, and its floor is paved with the gravestones of abandoned hopes. There Self must die; there the eagerness, the greed of untamed desire must be slain, for only so can the soul be freed from the empire of Fate.

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