2015’s In Case You Missed: Abyssal Gods

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Let’s celebrate the spookiest month of our calendar by looking back at one of the spookiest albums released this year, as fans and critics alike ready themselves in preparation of their poser-free year end lists.

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Imperial Triumphant released their second full length album, Abyssal Gods, March 1st on Aural Music. Like You, Whom I Have Always Hated (featured in the last edition of In Case You Missed), Abyssal Gods received a large amount of coverage in and outside of the Toilet Ov Hell. It seems to have gotten even higher praise than The Body and Thou’s collaboration: high marks from Angry Metal Guy, No Clean Singing, Metal Bandcamp, and Black Metal & Brews. It even picked up a favorable review on The Boston Globe for Christ’s sake. On our site, our own described it as an “unstoppable hellbeast of an album”, and I picked it as one of my five favorite albums released in the first quarter of this year. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find bad press about it.

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The talent behind Abyssal Gods goes a long way in speaking for the album’s quality. Ilya (Zach) Goddessraper, vocalist and guitarist, founded the band in 2008, and Imperial Triumphant has been nearly his only endeavor. At the time of its release, the rhythm section included two members of Pyrrhon: Erik Malave on bass and Alex Cohen on drums, though Alex has since left Pyrrhon to focus on his other projects. The studio lineup is rounded out by a second drummer, Kenny Grohowski, of Secret Chiefs 3. The album was mixed and mastered by none other than Colin Marston. On its release, Abyssal Gods brought Imperial Triumphant comparisons to some of the most well known names in underground metal: the aforementioned Pyrrhon, Gorguts, Baring Teeth, Deathspell Omega, Thantifaxath, and Ævangelist.

From the thunderous opening of gravity blasts on “From Palaces of the Hive” [1], Abyssal Gods twists, lurches, and hammers its way through forty-one minutes of music over ten tracks. It’s a nasty slice of dissonant death metal, with an extra emphasis on weirdness and wonkiness in a subgenre that prides itself on those traits. Marston’s production leans murky; his expertise shows that each element of the band’s sound can be heard despite the thick atmosphere. During slow passages the riffs are likely to induce dizziness; I’m oddly reminded of DJ Screw’s catalog as well as Imperial Triumphant’s skronk contemporaries. Standout tracks on the album include: “Dead Heaven” and “Twins”, which are both wobbling, off-kilter mechanical marches, “Krokodil”, the album’s longest, darkest track and most resembling of the band’s black metal reputation, and “Black Psychedelia”, the album’s triumphant penultimate track which opens with as much groove as you’re likely to hear outside of Graveyard. The interludes add to the creepy and oppressive vibe on the album. Album closer “Metropolis” is a bizarre blend of piano playing, strings, and other odds and ends. At first I felt it was lackluster, but it grew on me, like the nightcap to a nightmare you can’t wake up from.

Even a fan of heavy music can have a hard time keeping up with everything released over a week, month, or year. The month of October has brought us a plethora of great releases; stuff I’ve been jamming constantly like Cult Leader, Yautja, So Hideous, and Kowloon Walled City, just to rattle off a a few of them. Of all of the albums I’ve listened to and loved this year, Abyssal Gods has been an album I have kept coming back to, and one that other albums have had a damn hard time replacing.


[1] Tyree schooled me on gravity blasts upon this album’s release. He’s a real drummer in the band Scab. Check them out here.

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  • Dagon

    I need to give this a chance, but it’s just so spoopy.

    Seriously though, I think this is one of the releases I might be missing out the most.

    • Dagon

      I just listened to “Black Psychedelia” and I’m gonna give the whole thing a try some time soon. Maybe on the plane tomorrow.

      • where you flying to, hombre?

        • He’s going to travel to the 5th dimension to hang out with Poseidon.

        • Dagon

          São Paulo. Gonna be there until December taking residency exams on a weekly basis.

          • Sweet man. Safe travels!

          • you are literally going to COME TO BRASIL

          • Dagon

            KKKKKK
            MTO FODA

  • Vote for Jeb

    Yo, there are still over two months left in the year.

    • #calendarfacts

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Fucking time and shit.

      • Vote for Jeb

        Metalheads are like Christmas this time of year. Give October its due and leave your dick-measuring for December.

        • EsusMoose

          My list is gonna pose like few other list before it

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My list is the ultimate in poserdom.

          • EsusMoose

            Is ultimate Dad-rock*

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Here’s a draft of the list. I’m still waiting on a few releases so it may not be done just yet.

            Ghost-Meliora
            Kadavar-Berlin
            WASP-Golgotha
            Mr In Your House 4-The Final Recordings
            Deafheaven-New Bermuda
            The Sword-High Country
            Unidentifed Flying Object-A Conspiracy Of Stars
            Scorpions-Return To Forever
            FM-Heroes and Villains
            High On Fire-Luminiferous

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          But I measure my dick every day…

          • Vote for Jeb

            If you don’t use it, you lose it.

    • Based Potoo

      No.

      • Maik Beninton™

        Bird’s calendars have only 10 months.

        • Based Potoo

          Bird calendars don’t have any months. We do not believe in time.

          • Don’t be all like “derp”, potoo. Gesh

            http://i.imgur.com/hAKk4zy.jpg

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Potoo has to have the stupidest/best name of all birds.

          • Based Potoo

            Its Finnish name has a tasty amount of umlauts.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Indeed.Potoo is stupid/great in every language it seems, Pökkelö just seems like calling someone a stupid ass.

          • Based Potoo

            DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO BE

          • CUT YOUR NOSE HAIR, SCRUB
            http://i.imgur.com/JnRzreJ.jpg

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Because you have a memory that spans like 10 seconds

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            i.e. “bird brain”

          • Based Potoo

            I remember everything. I remember when I was born, I remember what I ate 12 years ago, I remember when George Bush did 9/11, I remember when I said “fuk u” to you and I remember when I started writing this comment!

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            To be fair, you write “fuk u” a lot

          • Based Potoo

            Fuk u

        • JWEG

          Birds, Romans, countrymen…

          #PreJulianCalendarJoke #FowlHumor

          • there is so much meta in this comment….

            #RIP casual reader

    • JWEG

      And the year just started 2 months ago, assuming an Academic Calendar instead (as I do).

      I have to be reminded more often than I care to admit that January is the ‘real’ start of a “New Year”…

      • Vote for Jeb

        My life tends to flow by calendar year too, except that I have the extra constraint of my chief funding source starting its fiscal cycle in October.

  • EsusMoose

    Ah yeah Pyyrhon shared members with Imperial Triumphant, had a hard time remembering as I mixed them with Inter Arma/Bastard Sapling. Or I may still be confused fuck it

  • Edward likes this band.

    • Dagon

      I heard he also likes Pyrrhon.

      • Edward likes shopping at Bath & Body Works at least once a week.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Edward thinks it’s cool and hip to “clean the house”.

          • Edward is Negrodamus.

          • Edward changes the toilet paper rolls in public restrooms.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward likes helping those “in need”.

          • Edward thought it was delightful to wake up this morning.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward always prefers to cut the turkey at Thanksgiving.

          • Edward fought the law and Edward won.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward was the first choice to play Jar Jar Binks.

          • Dagon

            Edward declined and decided to be an extra on Eastern Promises.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward hasn’t owned a television since 1993.

          • Edward was far too dedicated to the role of Jar Binks. Edward was terminated from the cast.

          • Dagon

            Edward wrote the original script for Frozen when he was 15.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward wrote Let it Go as a five year old prodigy.

          • this is the winner

          • Dagon

            Not house, bro. It’s a condo. He fancy.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward is fancy as fuck.

          • Dagon

            Edward wore a tuxedo to a Gorguts concert.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward’s favorite black metal band is Cradle of Filth.

          • Cradle of Filth’s favorite fan is Edward.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Cradle of Filth is most influenced by bluegrass.

          • Danny Filth once gave Edward a free Cradle of Filth sticker.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Dani Filth and Edward Skype once a week.

          • Edward makes sure to get to the Cradle of Filth show 12 hours early.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward has a room dedicated to Cradle of Filth merch.

          • Edward LITERALLY has a Cradle of Filth.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Edward almost became the vocalist of Cradle of Filth.

          • Edward is a Vampire. Team Edward!

          • hahahahhahaaaaaaaa

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The circle is complete.

          • Thank Satan.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            #EdFacts???

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Guess what? Buddy Guy and Zakk Wylde are coming to my area on the Experience Hendrix tour on March 20th. I’m so excited. They even got Billy Cox from the Band Of Gypsys to be on the tour. He’s the last living member of any band Hendrix led. Also, sorry for shitposting I just thought it was interesting.

            http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/buddy-guy-zakk-wylde-to-helm-2016-experience-hendrix-tour-20151027

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            That should be interesting.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It shall be. I’m amazed that my area could get something like this.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Oh, Poughkeepsie’s not the middle of nowhere. You’re as far from NYC as I am from Worcester.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It is pretty close to my area. The Civic Center usually gets very little but this surprises me.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I love not having to really travel to shows. I even rode my bicycle to Acid King last night.

          • you don’t sound sorry

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I was just apologizing for posting something off topic. I am extremely excited for this though. I hope it doesn’t sell out.

          • I’m sorry

  • The opening riff on the 1st track is some wild stuff.

    • The guitar riffs go so hard, but they are equally as sloppy. Which makes my feels all confused

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I love this series, early this year I kept saying featuring good album/bands just once isn’t enough (didn’t do much to change things, did I) so re-featuring stuff later into the year is awesome.

    Jammed this a lot until recently. I’ve jammed a lot of more accessible and non-metal stuff most recently.

    • JWEG

      AMG does a similar thing, and I love them for it too … although, as we know, it’s not so much randomly later in the year as it is all at once early the next year.

      So that’s different. It’s not quite like TovH just took the idea and ran with it on a different day of the week…

  • Vote for Jeb

    You obviously know how I feel about it. I think Black Psychedelia is the best track on the album.

  • Hubert

    I’ve been listening to this since it came out and it hasn’t lost any of it’s impact. Stellar record

  • Not sure who this chick is but this is alright.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE_HPvt0GbY

    • I’ve been spotted and I’m being pulled in by her tractor beam. What the fuck.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkjm_Go-JFk

      • Lacertilian

        She had a few big hits on the non-mainstream radio stations down here with her first album. Haven’t heard much since though.

    • The multiply layers of her vocals are killer *chills*

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

        Sorta has the same vocal style as Florence And The Machine, but more haunting.

    • Dagon

      This song was somewhat big, played a lot on the radio here so I imagine it was similar in the US. It was on Blue Is The Warmest Color soundtrack too.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYbEL06lEU

      • Damn, I just found out about this chick. I don’t follow pop culture so it does not surprise me that I’ve missed out on her, but the girl has a dark side which is refreshing.

        • Dagon

          It’s a mix of dark with some very poppy moments, pretty interesting for sure.

    • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

      Been a fan of her’s for a while now. Very very talented and experimental in a lot of ways.

  • Hubert

    SKRONK. SKRONKSKRONKSKRONK. SKRONK? SKRONKSKRONKSKRONK