Longtime readers of this site know that we’ve been on the tip about Imperial Triumphant for quite a while now. Between profiles, interviews, podcast episodes and, of course, album reviews (of which I’ve had the distinct pleasure of supplying two, plus a review of their tea collab), I think it’s safe to say we are pretty well sold on their particular brand, nebulous as it may be at times. Even though Alphaville is barely two years old as of this writing, Spirit of Ecstasy feels like a long time coming. Maybe it’s just because I can’t get enough of what they put out.Continue reading
In a romantic sense, New York City embodies a perfect sampling of America. Opulence and poverty, history and revision, thriving culture and commodified gentrification, honesty and corruption, passionate vision and stubborn ignorance, grandeur and insignificance — all these things come together to make up a city that is as beloved for its endless opportunity and diversity in people and worldviews as it is reviled for its deep-seated association with power, money and depravity. Imperial Triumphant have taken it on themselves to tell the whole story of the city they call home, and Alphaville is the next chapter in that tale. Continue reading
When an avantgarde jazz/metal hybrid trio such as Brooklyn’s Kilter write an album inspired by the hustle and grind of New York City — as is the case with upcoming full length, Axiom — there’s a good chance said album will be a multifaceted beast. On the surface, Axiom is a jazz record full of intelligent improvisation but to fully showcase this ‘hustle and grind’ the band employs gnarled apocalyptic doom, noise, and sludgy rhythms to great effect. Each track is a standout on its own but taken together the album plays out like a journey through unknown territory with clear highs and lows along with moments of pure bewilderment. Today, we are pleased to bring you one of the album’s later tracks, “Behind Your Door,” which falls in line with the feelings of being confused by things or, in this case, unknown places. Head below to check it out. Continue reading
Happy 4th everyone. Initially, there was a thought of holding this until after the holiday but listening to and experiencing Imperial Triumphant is equivalent to the most dazzling fireworks display ever. So, we rolled with it. The band will be releasing their newest sonic adventure, Vile Luxury, next week via Gilead Media in the US and Throatruiner in Europe. Experiencing Vile Luxury is somewhere along the lines of rolling up to a late night 60s style jazz club and witnessing a collaboration with your favorite black / death metal band. Only, this black / death metal band just happens to be one of the best examples of what avant-garde, progressive, and downright visionary really means. It’s carefully controlled chaos that shines a dark light on their theme of society’s — particularly their own home turf — downfall and through the use of extremely packed song structures they carve a bleak picture yet keep listeners returning for more since there’s simply no way to dissect this beast on one or even ten listens. Even more than that, Vile Luxury is the most cohesive effort from the band to date. Yes, true statement.
I could go on and on but I’m calling it there. Keep an eye out for a full review in the coming days. Until then, we recently had the chance to ask Kenny Grohowski (drums) and Zachary Ilya Ezrin (guitars, vocals) our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into the band. Check it out below and be sure to grab your own copy from the links contained within.