Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #14 / 794
User Score
Based on 278 ratings
2020 Ratings: #66
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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.

Stankysauce
100
THIS IS THE AOTY
Review coming soon!

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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.
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
soundworld
80
Visceral chaos is what Imperial Triumphant do and that's just what we got in this album. "Alphaville" matches all expectations of an apocalyptic avant-garde shitshow, with a genrebending edge delivering a uniquely devastating, eardrum busting & psychedelic listening experience.

P.S.
(The whole album is great, but "Atomic Age" might just be the most terrifying song I've heard all 2020. It's like listening to a schizophrenic panic attack, I truly got chills at several ... read more
MusicN
91
I can't really confidently distinguish good metal from bad metal - but the experimentation on this is really engaging and that's good enough for me.
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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 [Bonus Track]
  9. Happy Home [Bonus Track]
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Added on: May 26, 2020