ALBUM REVIEW: Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville 

Taking its title from the 1965 Jean-Luc Goddard movie of the same name, and reverberating with echoes of Fritz Lang‘s 1927 silent classic, Metropolis, everything about Alphaville (Century Media), the latest album from New York trio Imperial Triumphant, is costumed heavily in film noir science fiction. Its unique atmosphere furthered by impressive cover art from Zbigniew M. Bielak, the Polish artist noted for his work with Swedish act, Ghost. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 113- Imperial Triumphant Discusses “Alphaville”

Ghost Cult recently caught up with Zachary Ilya Ezrin of Imperial Triumphant over Zoom ti discusses their new album Alphaville, which is due out July 31st, 2020 via Century Media. Zachary discussed the surprising global acclaim of Vile Luxury, the creation of the new album, how Zach – drummer Kenny Grohowski and bassist Steven Blanco approach composing, the theme of the new album, working with guests such as Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), 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, choosing the distinctive cover songs that close the album, opinions on other costumed groups such as KISS and Ghost, and what comes next for the band. Pre-order Alphaville here and check out our chat.  Continue reading

PODCAST: EPISODE 15 – Erica Stoltz of Sanhedrin on “The Poisoner” Album

Ghost Cult had the pleasure of catching up with Erica Stoltz of Brooklyn’s trad/stoner band Sanhedrin. They just released their excellent new album The Poisoner via the Cruz Del Sur label. Erica caught us up on the process of creating the new album, working with co-producer Colin Marston, the bands’ hands-on approach to sound recording and writing collaboratively, contrasting the classic scenes between New York and San Francisco, her lyrical inspirations and personal experiences that color the new album and much more! Continue reading

Panopticon Suprise Releases A New EP, “The Crescendo of Dusk”

Prolific Dark Folk and Black Metal group Panopticon has just released a new two song EP! The Crescendo of Dusk is available to purchase and stream from their Bandcamp. Dedicated to The Northern Lights, this inscription can be found with the stream “This record is in honor of the northern lights, which very few things in the world are more beautiful and awe-inspiring than.” All music written, performed and recorded by Austin Lunn and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston, who also contributed some additional keys. A limited Edition one-sided LP will be available exclusively through Bindrune Recordings in early 2019. Pre-orders will be announced soon. . The cover photo was drawn by Lunn with an additional photo by Bekah Lunn. The bands’ last release was the stellar double album The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (I and II) (Bindrune Recordings). Continue reading

Immortal Bird Books European Tour, New Music Coming In 2018

Chicago blackened metal quartet Immortal Bird has booked a European Tour, kicking off in a week and a half. Opening all dates will be Moshpig. Tickets are on sale now and the full slate of tour dates can be seen below. Continue reading

Zvi – II: Death Stops Us All

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The word “experimental” is a double-edged sword. For some it classifies anything veering from the typical form people are used to. Thus it renders whatever it is; be it medicine or art, undigestable to safer minds. To others the word conjures a magical playground where truly anything is possible. When foisted upon artists, such as guitarist/vocalist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot) and his solo outlet Zvi, we get the latter. Arriving in 2014 Zvi I challenged the listener to feel a piece of music on Varod’s terms. His new release II: Death Stops Us All (Halfpear Records) is no less of an emotional tug of war for the senses.

Composed of just three pieces, Zvi:II differs from its sister release in some ways.’You’ve Charmed Me, I Will Stay’ begins with a swelling guitar repeated like waves with other instrumentation flowing in. The layers of harmony vocals in the background suck in your attention. While the plucked guitars parts are calming, there is a unease that sets the table for what is to come.

‘Black Leaves’ (featuring Alan Dubin of Khanate and Gnaw on vocals) begins with more unsettling bassy notes. They soon stop and the song takes shape with Varod crooning forlornly at first. Moody strangeness pervades the track with, but never confusing you. Finally, a familiar harrowing shriek from Dubin fades in and out from the mix over and over. Jarring stabbing chords, detuning strings along with underlying keyboards flood in, giving a feeling of sonic vertigo. Ending with a mantra type singing wail, some malicious whispering, and other oddities from beyond, we glide into the final track.

We again meet Varod and his voice to some off-kilter balladry and guitar, with a motif close to the first track. What ‘Whale Bone Cage’ does is beckon you to come down from the anguish and recover. A final strum of an open chord seems to breathe out a phrase….. rest.

A release like this can only come from vision of a person without bounds as a writer. Matching Varod’s work are the talents of engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts/Kralice) and James Plotkin (Khanate) to engineer. The only shame of these releases is they are too brief, and leave you lusting for more.

8.0/10

KEITH CHACHKES

 

Immortal Bird – Empress/Abscess

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When you see bands described as “genre-defining” or “indescribable”, the usual outcome is that they’ve got the odd weird bit, or they’ve bolted some styles together that are strange bed-fellows, yet when that gaze of Sauron is brought to bear on Immortal Bird it holds truer than most, as Empress/Abscess (Broken Limbs/Manatee Rampage) builds on the promise of their self-released debut EP Akrasia, and sees them moulding their ideas into more focused, while concurrently increasingly divergent from each other, beings.

The brainchild of Rae Amitay, who has relinquished duel duties to focus purely on vocals with Garry Naples picking up the varied tempos from behind the drumkit, and guitarist Evan Berry, Immortal Bird take influence from all manner of fuels including sludge flecked crusty punk (‘Neoplastic’) controlled melodic black(ened) metal (‘Saprophyte’ and ‘To A Watery Grave’) and Scandinavian death rock (‘Sycophant’), while opening their scarred arms to embrace mid-tempo discordant jangles, djent shudders and thrashing, all supporting Amitay’s envenomed snarl and captured in a granite encased production courtesy of Pete Grossman (Veil of Maya, Weekend Nachos) and mixed by Colin Marston (yes, he of Krallice); the pair finding the requisite abrasiveness of tone, so that each note is clear, defined and scouring your inner ear like sandpaper on rough bark.

All this is clasped together by an impressive force of personality that allows the entity to be Immortal Bird all at the same time, yet, like an ethereal membrane holding together a writhing mass of hungry, angry bacteria (should said bacteria be sentient), listening to Empress/Abscess means being subjected to a complicated relationship as the brain seeks to strengthen its hold on the music within, to find hooks and make sense, to strengthen its ability to contain the multitude of collisions that ultimately lead to breaches, and a feeling of the parts, actually, being greater than the whole… as a collective organism, it just doesn’t quite all work, regardless of the potency of each of the contained pieces.

There is plenty to enrich within this thirty minute explosion of anger, sorrow and frictional metallic exploration, and immortality has to begin somewhere. With the open minded and progressive, musically dissonant talents needed to nurture the host already in situ, once this ornithological wonder fully spreads its wings in years to come, it will display a most vitriolic and impressive plumage. The chick just needs time to grow.

 

7.0/10

STEVE TOVEY

Immortal Bird Announces Upcoming US Tour

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Chicago blackened death grinders Immortal Bird will be doing an upcoming US tour. They will be doing songs off of their new album Empress/Abscess, out in late June. The album was tracked by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Harm’s Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York. Empress/Abscess includes a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, trading in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place.

Immortal Bird 2015 Western Migration Tour:
Apr 27: Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY
Apr 28: Turn One – Nashville, TN
Apr 29: Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
Apr 30: Ozzie Rabbit Lodge – Fort Worth, TX
May 02: Lost Well – Austin, TX
May 03: Nesta – San Antonio, TX
May 04: Sandbox – El Paso, TX
May 05: Flagstaff Brewing Company – Flagstaff, AZ
May 06: Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
May 07: The Hub – Colton, CA
May 09: All Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA
May 10: Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
May 11: Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
May 12: The Bourbon – Lincoln, NE (w/ Inter Arma, Yautja)
May 13: Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN
May 14: The Wisco – Madison, WI

Empress/Abscess Track Listing:
01: Neoplastic
02: Saprophyte
03: The Sycophant
04: To A Watery Grave
05: And Send Fire

Immortal Bird Book Midwest Tour, New Album This Summer

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Midwestern blackened death grinders Immortal Bird will release their new album Empress/Abscess this summer. The album was captured by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harm’s Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York. Empress/Abscess includes a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, trading in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic.

IMMORTAL BIRD 2015 Western Migration Tour:
Apr 27: Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY
Apr 28: House Show – Nashville, TN
Apr 29: Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
Apr 30: Tomcats – Fort Worth, TX
May 02: Lost Well – Austin, TX
May 03: TBA – San Antonio, TX
May 04: Sandbox – El Paso, TX
May 05: The Cottage House – Flagstaff, AZ
May 06: Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
May 07: Katz Alley – Redlands, CA
May 08: TBA – San Diego, CA
May 09: TBA – Los Angeles, CA
May 10: The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
May 11: Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
May 12: TBA – Omaha, NE
May 14: The Wisco – Madison, WI

IMMORTAL BIRD:
Evan Berry – guitars
Rae Amitay – vocals
Garry Naples – drums
John Picillo – bass

Krisiun and Origin Co-Headline North American Tour

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Krisiun and Origin have announced the Devastation on the Nation tour with Aeon, Alterbeast, Soreption and Ingested as support. Krisiun had previously announced that they were working on their next record with producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, Malevolent Creation, Madball, Agnostic Front) at Mana Studios in Tampa, FL. Origin is supporting their latest release Omnipresent, which was recorded and mixed with longtime producer/engineer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording in Lenexa, KS, mastered at Menegroth – The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston, and features artwork once again by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Kataklysm, Exodus). The album marks the recording debut of Jason Keyser (Skinless), who has being touring with them as their vocalist since the release of Entity.

“Devastation on the Nation” tour dates feat. Krisiun & Origin with Aeon, Alterbeast, Soreption, Ingested
Sep 04: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Sep 05: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Sep 06: Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
Sep 07: Dickens – Calgary, AB
Sep 08: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
Sep 09: Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
Sep 10: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Sep 11: The Pin! – Spokane, WA
Sep 12: Duffy’s Hangar – Salem, OR
Sep 13: Rockbar Theater – San Jose, CA
Sep 14: The Grizzly Den – Upland, CA
Sep 15: Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Sep 16: Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
Sep 17: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Sep 18: Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 19: Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
Sep 20: Blu Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
Sep 22: Gas Monkey B&G – Dallas, TX
Sep 23: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
Sep 24: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Sep 27: Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
Sep 28: Diamonds Pub – Louisville, KY
Sep 29: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Sep 30: Reverb – Reading, PA
Oct 01: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 02: Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Oct 03: Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Oct 04: The Foundry – Lakewood, OH

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