Imperial Triumphant – “Alphaville” LP
Fourth full-length from this New York metal avant garde outfit – yeah, I said avant garde, so watch out, this is some twisted, super-messed-up, heavy-duty noise, not for the easily challenged. Expect mind-bending fusions of black metal, death metal, and … yup, jazz… Is ‘retro-futurism’ really a thing? 9 tracks spread over an hour, one side is pressed with a double groove – which I think means you have to place the stylus in the correct groove to play either of the ‘hidden’ tracks of the D side. Imperial Triumphant (to me) sound something like a mix of Keelhaul, John Zorn’s Torture Garden, Gorguts and an imagining of Spinal Tap’s Jazz Odyssey.