Max, Spawn of Kenny G, Joins Imperial Triumphant

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Max Gorlick, son of Kenny G, turns out to be a skilled musician with a taste for metal. He’s joined up with NYC black metal band Imperial Triumphant.

The early 90s were a weird time for music. If you were incarcerated or perhaps not yet alive to experience this era, you missed out on a renaissance of white musicians getting down on some new age vibes to the delight of a shockingly chill America. From coast to coast, the country sounded like the inside of The Nature Company. Some of the top selling artists from 1991 through 1994 included Yanni, Enya, Enigma, and the legendary Kenny G.

Kenny G, man of glorious curly mane and impossibly long single notes, has made a long and successful career as a purveyor of soundtracks to your parents boning, i.e. smooth jazz. Understandably, Kenny has been the butt of many a lazy joke over the years. I’ve got no beef with the man. I heard him guest on an episode of Dinner Party Download and thought he sounded like a pretty sweet dude, even though his music isn’t really my cup of tea.

It turns out that Kenny G, otherwise known as Kenny Gorelick, has a son named Max Gorelick who can fucking rip the guitar. It makes sense that the scion of a man known for instrumental prowess would pick up a theory lesson or two. Though it hasn’t been updated in a couple of years, you should check out Max’s YouTube channel to see him shred through Wintersun and Animals as Leaders tracks.

In the time since recording those vids, it seems that Max has got hip to the hideous, dissonant sounds of avant-garde black metal. According to Imperial Triumphant, he’s joined their crew for their current tour.

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Imperial Triumphant are currently on tour with Luminous Vault. Go check ’em out in a city near you.

October 12th – Cleveland, OH
October 13th – Detroit, MI
October 14th – Indianapolis, IN
October 16th – Milwaukee, WI
October 17th – Pittsburgh, PA

(h/t Sean)

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    • Zeke

      I’ve always liked this song

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
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  • Howard Dean

    “Some of the top selling artists from 1991 through 1994 included Yanni, Enya, Enigma, and the legendary Kenny G.”

    You forgot my personal favorite: Yablo (Master of the Ocarina).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSu7MAGza7M

    • Óðinn

      Haha. Zamfir, master of the magical pan flute.

      https://youtu.be/7ISe0fdoaPs

      • Max

        Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance. (I’m not posting the link.)

        • Óðinn

          Thank-you.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    their song Krokodil sounds exactly what I envision using that junk would be like. Yikes

  • Howard Dean

    Real question: I’m not that hip to the current avant-garde/dissonant scene, so some of you out there can probably get me learned on this: do people really consider a band like this to be black metal? I just listened to a couple of the songs that were linked and didn’t hear any black metal at all (it pretty much sounded like dissonant tech death like Gorguts or Ulcerate). I checked metal-archives, and they list Imperial Triumphant as straight “Black Metal.” Not even a death/black hybrid. Am I missing something here? Did this band used to sound different or something? When I think of dissonant black metal, I think of stuff like DsO or Svartidaudi, both of which actually sound like black metal bands. This sounded like Obscura (the album).

    • This is a topic that’s come up here before. I think it probably makes more sense to call them an avant-garde metal band, rather than a black metal.

      • Agreed, I think once bands like this start to sound somewhat uncomfortable or dissonant people are quick to slap the “Black” or “Blackened” tag on the musical content.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          “Bro, it’s all about labeling, so we can have a better understanding of the world around us, bro. Now where did I leave me joint and 8 string guitar?”

          • It kinda of is anymore in all seriousness. Bandcamp has become sort of guilty of this trend IMO. So many tags affiliated with artists just so people can access them more easily.

          • W.
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s a 10-string, bro and doesn’t sound like dumb ass rubber bands…..

          • W.

            “All you need are 6 strings.” – KSOFM, probably

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow, probably. You get up on the wrong side of the no butt bed?

          • W.

            Nope. I just think it’s funny.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You would.

          • W.
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Derp.

          • W.

            I think we can both agree that this is all that matters.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz3JhKXJDTM

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I mean in the end, your go-to has to be that.

          • W.

            If it’s any consolation for me hassling you this morning, I listened to Soulside Journey yesterday after the Darkthrone dive. Had previously only jammed their black metal stuff.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Hahaha. Cool. I actually need to spin that again one of these days.

          • W.

            I liked it a lot. lots of interesting riff choices, although the production sounded a little thin (to my ears) for a dm record, but I think that’s probably just due to them being a black metal band with typical black metal production.

          • Best drum performance by Fenriz.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Bro, you know it was Under a Funeral Moon….derp.

          • Haha, I prefer his drum style on those black metal albums more. But, yeah. He got shittier the more albums he made.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            He’s said before in an interview, he hasn’t practiced since 1993, haha.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, it was recorded in sunlight studio, which WAS the place to record an dm album in Sweden back then.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            It worked!

          • Howard Dean

            I like Evil Dave’s ECW t-shirt.

            EXTREME WRESTLING FOR EXTREME PEOPLE

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            And that is why my Covenant shirt is forever condemned to the bottom of the drawer.

          • FUUUCCCKK!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I wonder if he asks girls ‘wanna see my Evil D?’ at parties

          • Howard Dean

            “Hey bitch. If you rub my Evil D you’ll see WHERE THE SLIME BREEEEEEEEDS!”

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            what a horrible video for such a great tune

          • “All you need is 4 strings.” – Crazy Town, probably

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Bro, do you even one string?

          • – Keith Richards

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Nice.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I despise Crazy Town. They’re terrible people and their music is awful.

          • Howard Dean

            You mean you don’t want to go on a crack-fueled voyage into the flophouses and meth dens of greater LA with Shifty Shellshock? You might get a sweet, sweet Dr. Drew reality gig (or three) out of it.

            http://img.spokeo.com/public/900-600/shifty_shellshock_2004_05_14.jpg

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            He looks like an idiotic roidhead.

          • Óðinn
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Saw them live. Worship me.

          • Holy shit.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Ozzfest 2001. Only went to see Sabbath, but had to sit through a bunch of shit!
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99fccfadce44db20d7b266f98153458a006cc8903b00a93fdec882ab661f13a5.png

          • Howard Dean

            Papa Roach must’ve been pretty sweet, though. And you know you totally played air guitar when Zakk was onstage. Getcha pull.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I can’t deny this. Everything up until Manson and then Sabbath was abysmal. It was a nu-metal douche’s wet dream of a lineup. The crowd was abhorrent too.

          • Howard Dean

            CUT MY CAKE INTO PIECES

            THIS IS MY LAST DESSERT

          • The Papa Roach t-shirts were strong in this store.

            http://media2.popsugar-assets.com/files/thumbor/7uXoSIdwWso23H2HtP3r040kX6s/fit-in/1200×630/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-:fill-!white!-/2015/12/11/867/n/1922564/01c26b09015ea1d7_GettyImages-2181893/i/Gadzooks.jpg

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            *shudders*

          • And it’s no more. Thank Satan.

          • Howard Dean

            Don’t think I ever had the misfortune of seeing one of these places. I grew up in a fairly isolated area devoid of shopping malls (though kids used to make their parents drive two hours so they could get those massive JNCOs from stores at the closest mall). Looks pretty shitty, regardless.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! DERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRPPP!

          • You brave man.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            A fine line between brave and stupid, bro. I tend to be the latter.

          • Óðinn

            Jesus fuck! They really made you work to see Sabbath.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, pretty much.

          • Why is Disturbed link as purple?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Don’t know.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            You poor, poor King. No one should have to see them.

          • Was listening to the Bolzer demo this morning actually.

          • Howard Dean

            Entraaaaaaanced byyyyyy….

            …the Rune-Taaaats.

          • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

            That guitar has more knobs and switches than than my amp.

        • W.

          I call it black metal specifically to troll Ed (since he got really upset that other reviewers were calling it black metal).

          It’s just at that synthesis point where it’s basically extreme murk.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • Howard Dean

            “HYEAH!”

            -James Hetfield

          • Good song, bad production.

          • Howard Dean
          • Count_Breznak

            “Structured with multiple layers” ?

          • Howard Dean

            No. Kiln-hardened clay, lime mortar, and evidence of repointing.

          • W.

            Sometimes I wish that album had more low end, but honestly after listening to the “And Justice for Jason” remix, it just sounds off to me. The thin sound is so lodged into my brain that tampering with it sounds weird.

          • Remixes can be a touchy subject. It’s rare that they work out in the end. I think part of it is what you said; just by having the original sound lodged into the heads of the listeners from years of listening.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Remixes are always bad after you’ve heard that sound of the album for eons. Just dumb.

          • Totally agree. Stubborn artists being stubborn is all. Tom G is guilty of that. Wonder if those Frost remixes will ever happen.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, pretty much. And thanks for reminding me on the Frost shit. The only one that could be approved upon and was via the Tragic Serenades ep is To Mega Therion. The two tracks that were redone for the ep, sound brighter and cleaner.

          • No problem, this conversation just reminded me of that. It’s been quiet as of lately on that Frost remix news.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Knowing Tom G, they’ll have to be perfect and he’ll make a point to tell you that and be very philosophical about it.

          • Haha, very true. I’m sure he’s driving him self crazy over it.

          • W.

            And everyone else who has to work with him, no doubt.

          • What a nightmare and privilege that would be.

          • Max

            They can’t remix the rest of To Mega Therion. The session tapes were mysteriously “misplaced” by the studio during a dispute with Noise Records back in the day.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, that settles that!

      • Howard Dean

        I would tend to agree. It definitely has some death metal in it. I just struggled to hear any black metal, and was surprised that metal-archives labeled them as “Black Metal” and not “death/black” or “technical death metal” or some other label that would be more appropriate (especially since they are generally sticklers about shit like that).

        • W.

          I think the older albums are more black than the newer stuff, but that’s still a stretch.

    • Hubert

      I feel that from now on, we should refer to Imperial Triumphant only as “Spicy SKRONK”, only that, no “Black/Death Hybrid”, no “Dissonant Death Metal”, just Spicy SKRONK.

      • W.

        I think Christian would probably disagree with skronk being used here.

        • Hubert

          Remove the SKRONK then, but leave the Spicy.

    • Óðinn
    • Max

      Despite the sound, it’s definitely black metal. To categorize it as dissonant tech death, it would have to include saxophone, and Kenny G wasn’t available.

      So they recruited his son on guitar, and now it’s loungeskronk.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Haha! That’s pretty cool

  • Waynecro

    This is pretty cool. The man can fucking shred. Good for Max G.

  • Max Gorelick

    Thanks for the write up! And great job on that pic.