It’s been described as ” a futurist-themed deconstruction of black metal — blasphemous, yet steeped in unorthodox ideas…filthy, yet magnificent” by Leo Weekly, About.com raved, ” IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT‘s debut full-length, the self released Abominamentvm, is a mad, confusing cacophony of bizarre riffs, weird time changes, and wonderfully prominent yet strange bass lines, all the while enhanced by a certain air of authenticity…Abominamentvm will be considered yet another feather in the cap of the current USBM scene, perhaps the most dynamic in black metal today,” and The Metal Observer insisted, “As impressive as it’s unsettling, the music of IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT is arguably the grotesque Black Metal equivalent of PORTAL’s Death Metal, and should be considered compulsory listening to all who crave kick-ass forward-thinking Metal.”
After laboring in the shadows for nearly half a decade, releasing a string of obscure demos and EPs and honing their baroque, highly conceptualized strain of black metal psychosis, New York City’s IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT have unveiled their debut full-length. Entitled ‘Abominamentvm’ and currently available on the band’s Bandcamp page, the album’s eight tracks were brought into being by Colin Marston at his Menegroth: The Thousand Caves studio. ‘Abominamentvm’ was officially released on September 5th, 2012, and currently exists solely in digital form (though plans for physical manifestations are forthcoming).
The music contained therein is suffocating, disjointed, unsettling – an uneasy marriage of dark ambient, atonal riffing, Deathspell Omega, early Immortal, and drug days Nachtmystium, filtered through a philosophical, nihilistic lens. IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT‘s ranks include two members of similarly twisted experimental death metal troupePYRRHON, and feature lyrics inspired not by Satan, but by the evil in man himself, as well as the writings of Rousseau and Nietzsche (as guitarist and vocalist Ilya Ezrin elaborates upon in this interview with The Metal Observer). The same publication gushed, “IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT truly operates within the upper echelons of American Black Metal. As impressive as it’s unsettling, the music of IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT is arguably the grotesque Black Metal equivalent of PORTAL’s Death Metal, and should be considered compulsory listening to all who crave kick-ass forward-thinking Metal,” while Pure Grain Audio hailed it as, “A modern futurist work…a monolith to the will of the American nihilist.”