Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #15 / 685
User Score
Based on 202 ratings
2020 Ratings: #42
Liked by 19 people
July 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Century Media / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Alphaville is one of the year's darkest and most deranged collections of avant-garde metal, a surreal dystopian nightmare that is both terrifying and entrancing.

90
Metal Hammer

Masked NYC brain-melters Imperial Triumphant serve up metal/jazz/avant garde/barbershop madness on majestic new album Alphaville.

90
Metal Injection

More often than not, Alphaville comes off like the black/death metal equivalent of Miles Davis’ electric era, with its beauty shining through where it counts most.

80
The Needle Drop

With Alphaville, Imperial Triumphant upholds its blend of extreme metal and jazz without sounding like a novelty.

80
Sputnikmusic

Alphaville is an adventurous and gorgeous black metal record for one of the most fascinating acts out there.

JacksonLerner
87
nonchalant and abrasive. the music often appears as grand, epic.. triumphant. especially with the piano, added to the background for chilling effect; the drumming goes off , it can be so fast, and so acoustic sounding. so on beat that it’s off beat. Slurred, dragging, and rushing..the bass is impressive, especially on the title track “alphaville”.

you won’t get what you want.
Stankysauce
100
THIS IS THE AOTY
Review coming soon!
JayCrackers
99
As you may but most likely didn't realize is that I've been busy for the last couple of days and haven't actually posted anything mainly to due to organizing a few things, some birthdays, work etc. But throughout my absent I have been listening to the most recent hyped album from the music scene. Alphaville, the album not the band, by avant-garde black metal band Imperial Triumphant whom gained a lot of attention with their 2018 release Vile Luxury which i should review and rate but ya know ... read more
jeetygt
85
Whoa. That's really all I need to say, but I will say more.

The suspense and tension this album really builds over its incredibly chaotic nine-track lineup is almost akin to watching a good 40's noir film where the characters engage in a cat-and-mouse game. Rather than just leave it at that, however, Alphaville and Imperial Triumphant build up the world behind this game, showing the seedy surroundings and shady tormented background characters that show the world of the city in the dark behind ... read more
thiefofprose
90
The roaring 20's are back with a vengeance!

This album is chaotic and dismal, and I would expect nothing less from the experimental, jazzy geniuses behind Imperial Triumphant. This LP throws you in a taxi driven by a rhinoceros and drives you through a hellish dystopia. And it's pretty rad.

The one qualm I have about Alphaville is that there are a few moments in the first few tracks that feel a little bit monotone. As if there's a lack of the tension and release that Imperial Triumphant are ... read more
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Track List

  1. Rotted Futures
  2. Excelsior
  3. City Swine
  4. Atomic Age
  5. Transmission to Mercury
  6. Alphaville
  7. The Greater Good
  8. Experiment
  9. Happy Home
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Added on: May 26, 2020