May 3, 2018

New York black metallers Imperial Triumphant have unleashed the first new track from Vile Luxury in the form of a NSFW music video. The track, a violent, cacophonous, and wholly challenging take on forward-thinking black metal titled "Swarming Opulence" is streaming right now.

Regarding the new track, drummer Growhowski comments, "Much of the inspiration for "Swarming Opulence" was birthed out of the band’s growing, collective infatuation with the works of Bernard Hermann, Gustav Holst, as well as film makers such as Fritz Lang and Stanley Kubrick. “Gold is the god of New York City," says singer/guitarist Zachary Ilya Ezrin, "Commerce is the foundation of our culture. The one idol that everyone worships here is money; the drive that success is measured in power."

There's a juxtaposition of two elements in the song. One being New York City’s iconic bridges, sky scrapers and bold architecture that harken back to the Art Deco era are heard throughout the song as represented by the brass ensemble (featuring some of New York’s finest horn players). The second is an avant death metal trio that at many times adhere’s to rhythm and timbres that are often found in the music of the Gnawa, a raucous and mesmerizing spiritual music which is utilized in trance, meditation, healing, and exorcism. 

Combining these musical elements follows well within the tradition of music in New York, a monolith of the Western world, of constant experimentation and appropriation of all things that enter it, never leaving the same as it came. This song embodies how the opulent petulantly take and take, never ceasing in their gluttony for power until the inevitable demise ensues."

Watch for Vile Luxury this July through Gilead Media. Read up on and stream the band's previous vile, deviant EP Inceste HERE.

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