New York avant-garde metal outfit IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT have released their mesmerizing video for “City Swine” from their fourth studio album “Alphaville” out July 31st. The album features a number of special guests such as Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) on the taiko drums, Phlegeton (Wormed) on guest vocals, Yoshiko Ohara (ex-Bloody Panda) as part of the choirs, RK Halvorson as part of the Barbershop quartet, Sarai Chrzanowski as part of the choirs, Andromeda Anarchia (Folterkammer, Dark Matters) as part of the choirs, J Walter Hawke on the trombone, and Colin Marston on guitars. Watch the video below.
“In the depths of the big city lurking beneath the lowest forms is a wretched swine that can be of no use. Laughing somewhere above is an equally wretched swine, that dumps on everything in its path. Both serve no purpose, are ineffective, and remain unprofitable in the eyes of the big machine,” states Imperial Triumphant about the new release.
“Alphaville” will be available in the following formats and can be pre-ordered at this location.
- Gatefold Empire Black 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (Black vinyl)
- Gatefold Atomic Sunrise 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (Transparent sun yellow vinyl) – SOLD OUT
- Gatefold Statue of Verdigris 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (Mint colored vinyl)
- CD Edition
- Digital Album
Also below you can watch the in-depth behind-the-scenes footage that Metal Injection filmed while the band recorded “Alphaville” at Menegroth Studio in New York. The footage features engineer Colin Marston (Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Krallice and Gorguts) and Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle) and IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT producing the record.
IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT officially began in 2012 with their debut release “Abominamentvm.” The line-up consisted of Zachary Ilya Ezrin on guitar/vocals and the rhythm section of their NYC contemporaries: Pyrrhon. Soon they met with drummer Kenny Grohowski and began to feature him on their next two releases “Goliath” (EP) and “Abyssal Gods” (LP). In 2015, they introduced bassist Steven Blanco to their lineup. In 2016, they released another EP “Inceste,” which saw them tour heavily that year with temporary second guitarist Max Gorelick. 2018 brought about their magnum statement, “Vile Luxury”. The full-length album, written collectively by the trio (Ezrin, Grohowski, Blanco), was a homage to their hometown New York City that brought jazz elements to the avant-garde black metal style in a way never achieved before. They toured extensively in Europe and North America from 2018-19 in support of the groundbreaking full-length.
IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT is:
- Zachary Ilya Ezrin / Vocals, guitars
- Steven Blanco / Bass, vocals, piano, mellotron, synths, taiko drums
- Kenny Grohowski / Drums, taiko drums