New York metal outsiders Imperial Triumphant have announced their new album: it’s called Spirit of Ecstasy and comes out on July 22 through Century Media. They’ve also shared the album’s closing track, “Maximalist Scream”, saying:
“Atmospheres awash with mysterious origins. Sacred rites of passage and formidable knowledge lead to marvels of engineering. Funnelling the mass into a finite horizon all roads travel in duality. Blurred is the line between real and illusion as the last scream of truth is destroyed by evil so grotesque. It transforms into a lone rider traveling into the forbidden darkness…”
Now, you might say that above quote doesn’t make much sense, and you’d be right, but once you hit play on “Maximalist Scream” it starts to get decoded. The epic track begins as a more or less straight-ahead stoner metal song, but things don’t stay that way for long. Imperial Triumphant treat us to a trip through several dimensions of sound, each offering a new angle on what metal could become if all embrace the wildness of not giving a fuck about tradition, like this band have. Jazz, prog, shamanistic chants – there’s a lot of heavy spices thrown into the mix, and yet it somehow all works. “Blurred is the line between real and illusion as the last scream of truth is destroyed by evil so grotesque…”
Watch the video for “Maximalist Scream” below or find it on streaming platforms.