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US black metal band Imperialist have conjured up a brilliant sci-fi themed album that stands out both conceptually as well as musically. Rooted in the early Swedish black metal sound of luminaries like NecrophobicDissection and SacramentumImperialist hone it up further to suit their futuristic theme by adding touches of thrash metal without diluting the rich aura. ‘Cipher’ is backed by a visually stunning artwork by Adam Burke (VektorLurk) that extends into a continuous two-panel work depicting the grand theme. It’s rare to find bands that have a bold vision and at the same time creating the perfect blend for music that is at once atavistic and forward-thinking. This is one of the finest examples of meticulously written black metal counterbalancing aggression with melodies and thrashy sections.

For fans of – DissectionThulcandraUadaVektorSacramentumSathanasAura NoirNecrophobic

Line up –
Sergio Soto – Guitar & Vocals
Rod Quinones – Drums
Bryant Quinones – Guitar
Joshua Alvarez – Bass

Album artwork – Adam Burke (LurkVektorLoss)
Art design and LP layout – Francesco Gemelli (MasterTowards Atlantis Lights)

Track listing – 
1. Continuum
2. The Singularity
3. Advent Anathema
4. Splendor Beneath An Ancient Permafrost
5. Umbra Tempest
6. Chronochasm
7. Binary Coalescence
8. The Dark Below
9. Mercurian Dusk

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