New York’s nebulous avant-garde metal outfit Imperial Triumphant redefined sonic darkness on their ambitious new album, “Vile Luxury“. A turbulent, frenetic take on experimental noise and progressive black metal, Imperial Triumphant embodied the most austere side of the New York underground music scene. Imperial Triumphant masterfully examines that endless flow of filth and opulence in an experimental manner akin to electric-era Miles Davis joining forces with Deathspell Omega and Portal, and does so as if it’s been done before in the past. Musically, Imperial Triumphant’s style combines various musical branches and structures using avant-garde, technical death, black and hints of Neoclassical with traces of jazz compositions.

Fans of the dissonant black metal from Deathspell Omega and Thantifaxath or the murky atmospheric death metal of Aevangelist and Gorguts should take notes because Imperial Triumphant sits between the lines of both camps to bring creativity and originality. From the opening track of Swarming Opulence to the abyssal atmospheres of Mother Machine, it’s nothing but simply astonishing to hear a trio who are so collectively well-versed and talented in their instrumentation play and in compositional skill that even toward the end of Vile Luxury, your jaw will be hitting the floor every minute or so out of sheer magnificence. Vile Luxury is nearly an hour of metal chaos, classically-influenced compositions, big band instrumentation, and pianos that blend together in a cauldron brimming with rot and self-indulgence that’ll reflect fans of Deathspell Omega, Thantifaxath, Artificial Brain and Rites of Thy Degringolade will find something with this album.

Overall Score: 9.0/10

Review by Jake Butler


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