Imperial Triumphant are a New York based experimental black metal trio who have been making waves this year in the heavy music circuit with their third full length album, Vile Luxury. It’s a testament to their home city, a statement about New York’s dichotomy between lavish wealth and opulence and disgusting underbelly co-existing together. Get it? Vile Luxury? I thought it was pretty clever.
I’ve mentioned before on this blog how I feel about albums with long run times. Sometimes they’re great, and sometimes they begin to push their luck. Usually the first thing you see when you fire up an album is how long it’s runtime is, how many songs there are, and how long each of the songs are. I don’t have the greatest attention span, so albums over 45 minutes are usually a struggle with me to complete in one sitting. I’m also big on trying to get into the mood or atmosphere of an album, so I try my best to listen to albums all the way through, front-to-back on the first time I take a crack at them. It’s a weird issue, but it’s how my brain works, for better or worse. Vile Luxury clocks in at just under an hour, and is bookended by a couple quick tunes dancing around the six minute mark. Yes, you read that right. The head and tail of this beast are dwarfed by a monolithic block of eight and nine minute songs in the middle. I’m not even a big black metal fan. What the hell have I gotten myself in to?