Pyramids – A Northern Meadow

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Anybody here with broad tastes recall The Blue Nile? They of 80s Indie Electronica fame? For some reason the wrought moments of their minimalist, stark melancholy spring to mind when harmonized, plaintive vocals burst through the chaotic ambience of Texan super-project Pyramids. The rest sounds nothing like, of course…

Doubtless somewhat responsible for the complex, occasionally harsh noise surrounding those honeyed tones, Blut Aus Nord‘s Vindsval and GorgutsColin Marston join Mike Dean‘s men for sophomore album A Northern Meadow (Profound Lore). Lead track ‘In Perfect Stillness, I’ve Only Found Sorrow’ emerges like some lo-fi, Post-Black Doves; shoegaze Indie strains blending with slashing yet melodic guitar, while the high-pitched, soaring vocals bring Thom Yorke into the equation. Though this is the early template, strange soundscapes envelop the structures with the intricate rhythms and Post leadwork furthering the Radiohead connection, albeit with more weight to the body – an at times crushing sequence of blows bursting a colliding crescendo of noise in both ‘The Earth Melts Into Red Gashes…’ and ‘The Substance of Grief Is Not Imaginary’.

As the titles suggest cheery this ain’t, yet the euphoric effects of the music at times contrast from the intent and that pensive, melancholy voice despite the obvious emotion of the whole: the resonant, rising harmonies and emotive, synthesized atmospherics of ‘Indigo Birds’ charging the soul and calming the frozen wastes of agonised, railing riffs.

In many ways this is the aural depiction of a nervous breakdown, the conflicting emotions crashing together, those fluctuating rhythmic structures and occasionally blackened riffs being the violent mood swings. The complexities and contradictions in the sound are both zenith and Nemesis, highlighting both the harshness and the beauty but also occasionally dampening just as things threaten to explode. Picture Red Sparrowes or Alcest if you will, with the hostile anguish retained just to tease whilst remaining an integral part. The dark-Mastodon feel of ‘Consilience’, a sinister organ adding to the portentous mass, closes an album in equal parts exquisite, beguiling yet a sprawling achievement; one most definitely worth sticking on every time you’re dwelling on that crossroads between depression and ecstasy.

8.0/10

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PAUL QUINN

Imperial Triumphant Streaming Abysaal Gods In Entirety

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New York black metallers Imperial Triumphant is streaming their new album Abyssal Gods, out in North America on March 10, 2015 via Aural Music/Code666, in its entirety here.

Captured at Solitude Studios in Pennsylvania and Amy Mills Studios (Couch Slut, Epistasis) in New York and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, also in New York, Abyssal Gods channels its ire through ten harrowing hymns of meticulously-composed black-torn mayhem bedecked in angular riff invasions, bestial vocal tirades, dissonant atmospheres and an overall air of dread, disease and looming disaster. The record includes guest choral chants from Bloody Panda‘s Yoshiko Ohara as well as male choral vocals by RK Halvørson in the track ‘Krokodi’ (sung completely in Russian).

Imperial Triumphant will be doing a two week run of dates with Canadian black metal heathens, Thantifaxath.

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT w/ Thantifaxath:
May 10: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
May 11: Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY
May 13: Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
May 14: 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
May 15: Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
May 16: TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
May 17: Carabar – Columbus, OH
May 19: TBA – Knoxville, TN
May 20: The Earl – Atlanta, GA
May 21: The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
May 24: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

Imperial Triumphant Releasing Abyssal Gods March 10th

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New York experimental black metallers Imperial Triumphant is streaming ‘Krokodil’, featuring Yoshiko Ohara of Bloody Panda here and ‘Dead Heaven’ here, off of Abyssal Gods, out in North America on March 10, 2015 via Aural Music/Code666.

The band’s second full-length was tracked at Solitude Studios in Pennsylvania and Amy Mills Studios (Couch Slut, Epistasis) in New York , mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in New York and boasts the apocalyptic cover craftings of Andrew Tremblay (Deadbots, Downlow’d, Deathface etc.). Focused on urban decay and the impending extinction of mankind, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT’s Abyssal Gods boasts ten traumatic psalms of strategically-composed black-addled mayhem bedecked in angular riff invasions, bestial vocal tirades, dissonant atmospheres and an overall air of disease, dread and looming disaster.

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT will bring their infernal psalms to the stage alongside Canadian black metal heathens, Thantifaxath, on a near-two-week run of live incursions this Spring.

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT:
Feb 20: The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Mountain God, Hercyn)
w/ Thantifaxath:
May 10: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
May 11: Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY
May 13: Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
May 14: 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
May 15: Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
May 16: TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
May 17: Carabar – Columbus, OH
May 19: TBA – Knoxville, TN
May 20: The Earl – Atlanta, GA
May 21: The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
May 24: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

Imperial Triumphant Streaming “Dead Heaven”

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New York experimental black metallers Imperial Triumphant is streaming “Dead Heaven” off of Abyssal Gods, out this March via Italy-based Aural Music’s Code666 imprint, here.

The band’s second long player was captured at Solitude Studios in Pennsylvania and Amy Mills Studios (Couch Slut, Epistasis) in New York, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in New York and boasts the apocalyptic cover craftings of Andrew Tremblay (Deadbots, Downlow’d, Deathface etc.). Focused on urban decay and the imminent extinction of mankind, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT’s Abyssal Gods serves as the follow-up to the band’s critically applauded, 2013-released Goliath EP and contains ten punishingly traumatic odes of strategically composed black-addled mayhem bedecked in angular riff incursions, bestial vocal tirades and an overall air of disease, dread and looming disaster as well as a guest appearance by Bloody Panda’s Yoshiko Ohara and more.

Abyssal Gods Track Listing:
1. From Palaces of the Hive
2. Abyssal Gods
3. Dead Heaven
4. Celestial War Rape
5. Opposing Holiness
6. Krokodil
7. Twins
8. Vatican Lust
9. Black Psychedelia
10. Metropolis

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT:
Feb 20: The Ahceron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Mountain God, Hercyn
w/ Thantifaxath:
May 10: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
May 11: Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY
May 13: Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
May 14: 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
May 15: Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
May 17: Carabar – Columbus, OH
May 19: TBA – Knoxville, TN
May 20: The Earl – Atlanta, GA
May 21: The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
May 24: Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT Personnel:
Ilya Ezrin – Guitars/Vocals/Orchestration
Erik Malave – Bass
Kenny Grohowski – Drums
Alex Cohen – Drums
Additional players:
M. Gorelick – Guitar Solo
Yoshiko Ohara – Female Choir
R.K. Halvørson – Male Choir
Andy Ezrin – Piano
Valerie Kuehne – Cello
Amy Mills – Trumpet