AOTY 2023

Spirit of Ecstasy

Imperial Triumphant - Spirit of Ecstasy
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2022 Ratings: #328 / 807
User Score
Based on 269 ratings
2022 Ratings: #320
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With this fifth release, Imperial Triumphant have perfected the infusion of their claustrophobic nature, marrying the most aggressive parts with the outlandish theatrical jazz that remains their foundation with surgical precision.

Distorted Sound

What IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT have done here is push their creative envelope to new sonic worlds, which is incredibly exciting.

Beats Per Minute

Spirit of Ecstasy not only proves them to be deserving of all this praise, it also establishes a new gold standard for the group and the black metal genre itself: it’s a cataclysmic work, filled with dark alleyways and shining stage lights, as abrasive as it is listenable.

Metal Hammer

For all its goadingly obtuse turns and decisions, Spirit Of Ecstasy somehow coheres into a wonderful, ornate and aberrant whole.

The Needle Drop
Imperial Triumphant remains one of the most intriguing acts in metal, but the production is a little more questionable this time around.
Metal Injection

It's musically similar to their 2020 breakthrough Alphaville, but with a much more defined sound that gives each instrument room to breathe.

Angry Metal Guy

If you love them, Spirit of Ecstasy, while not flawless, is still worthy of your time and money. That’s the power of metal, folks.


Spirit Of Ecstasy certainly isn’t an easy listen. There are moments where it seems like they’re trying a little too hard to be different for confrontation’s own sake, but the album succeeds in its own lack of boundaries and utter refusal to compromise.


While I much prefer Imperial Triumphant's 2020 album 'Alphaville', 'Spirit of Ecstasy' still showcases the best qualities of the bands distinct sound incredibly well and while they're doing that they're creating some of the most dissonant, complex and disturbing sounding music to come out this year. The bands combination of Gorguts like Dissonant Death Metal and Avant-Garde Jazz compositions and instrumentation has always been the huge selling point of their music for me, and not much has ... read more


Chump Change - 4/5
Metrovertigo - 4/5
Tower of Glory, City of Shame - 3/5
Merkurius Gilded - 4/5
Death on a Highway - 4/5
In the Pleasure of Their Company - 4/5
Bezumnaya - 3/5
Maximalist Scream - 4/5


Spirit of Ecstasy is Imperial Triumphant's most interesting and consistent effort to date, focusing more on themes related to machinery and technology, but without forgetting their characteristic depiction of New York as a vicious monster. Their disturbing experimentation comes to shine in tracks such as Bezumnaya or Tower of Glory, City of Shame, and while the band doesn't reinvent their formula of jazz + metal, this is clearly a refined version of that sound, and I hope they keep exploring ... read more


this is actually a masterpiece of experimentation, death metal never sounded like this


Imperial Triumphant remains one of the most intriguing acts in metal, but the production is a little more questionable this time around.


Honestly i was pretty bored listening to this... Probably metal isn't for me :/

Hopefully one day it will click or something, but right now, I didn't liked it, srry :(

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Added on: May 20, 2022