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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.

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.


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


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My gosh what can I say about this band that hasn’t already been said. They blend jazz and Portal/Gorguts type metal perfectly. Every single track flows together seamlessly and no song outshines another. Okay maybe “Merkurius Gilded” if I had to choose one, but if you’re a fan of any kind of avant garde metal please do yourself a favor and check out this masterpiece. AOTY for me!


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Not quite as good as Alphaville; a bit less polished, a bit less of a distinct structure, less of a melodic foundation grounding the core tracklist, but it's almost as haunting, visceral, and frightening. Alphaville is a high threshold to reach, and Spirit of Ecstasy is a success just by how close it manages to get.


I just listened to all of their discography and wow this band is special. They really found their sound on Vile Luxury in 2018, and have been constantly evolving since. Alphaville is likely their tightest album, and it WAS their jazziest. Then Sprit of Ecstasy came around and it’s just completely off the rails. It’s such an ambitious project that sees the group delve even deeper into their avant-garde metal/jazz sound. It could come across some as a mess, but I just think it’s ... read more

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Added on: May 20, 2022