Tech Death Thursday: Imperium – Titanomachy


Imperium are waging war on the Titans, and we’re getting caught in the middle. Behold the Titanomachy.

I bring news from the front:

  • Wired Anxiety have a nasty new song up here; check it out if you need some brutal death with a bit of tech and a bit of melody. The Delirium of Negation will be out on July 1st.
  • Tech Death Thursday veterans Perihelion have a new pre-production, presumably leading into a new album sometime this year. You can listen to it here, and I encourage you to do so; I’m enjoying it far more than their debut, which never quite clicked with me.
  • Indonesian tech death group Komponen Neraka just released a new video for their song “Kudeta Endomorphic.” This album completely slipped by me when it came out in February, but I’m digging what I’ve heard of it so far. Fans of more over-the-top groups (ArchspireVimana, etc.) shouldn’t skip this.
  • More new music from Archaic Decapitator is always a good thing, and this new track is no exception. Listen to “Cult of Reanimators” right here.
  • Onomasy have released their sophomore album, Ashes and Dust. It’s pretty archetypal tech death, but still headbangable.
  • Revocation have a new album on the way in July and a new song right now. Check out “Communion” from Great Is Our Sin so you can wait and suffer with me.
  • Apparently it’s really easy to find talented musicians in France; Lost Soul already has a new lineup, though they haven’t announced who yet. My money’s on the Grossmann/Münzner/Klausenitzer trio. They already play in literally every other band on the planet, so what’s one more?

Imperium’s 2012 debut, Sacramentum, was pretty damn good. It was incredibly fast and heavy, with vicious roaring vocals and leads that sounded like they were on the verge of careening out of control. The band took the Fleshgod Apocalypse “death by speed” approach to their songwriting, but without all the fluff of the latter, resulting in an album that was much more grounded than most bands of their ilk. It was simple, but effective, putting substance over the technical glitz that usually accompanies this style of music.

Very little has changed stylistically since then; Titanomachy follows the same formula as Sacramentum in many respects, which, for the most part, is a good thing. The music is still incredibly violent and head-spinningly fast, but guitarist Mike Alexander has a few new weapons in his songwriting arsenal. Whereas Sacramentum was built on straightforward grinding guitar lines, Titanomachy‘s riffs wind and dart around chaotically with occasional blackened triads that punctuate the action. New frontman Doug Anderson, while not delivering his lines as savagely as the previous vocalist, is much more versatile and has a satisfying crunch to his voice. The drums are a lot more interesting on this go around as well, venturing off into their own territory instead of simply following the guitar the whole time.

Imperium Promo 2016 LR

The production has improved over Sacramentum as well. Although it’s certainly more brickwalled than its predecessor, the overall sound on Titanomachy has a lot more body. The guitars don’t sound so muddy in the low range anymore, and everything fits into the mix much better. I could even hear the bass through my crappy speakers, providing much-needed support to the low end and improving the listening experience in general.

Unfortunately, nothing is perfect, and this album is no exception. While the new guitar tricks are a welcome addition, the songs are overly reliant upon them. Yes, that spiraling descent through the Phrygian dominant scale is really cool and very impressive, but it loses its impact when you’ve heard ten variations of it in as many songs. There’s not a whole lot of variety in the song structure, either; everything follows the same path and is played largely at the same tempo. Fortunately, neither the album nor the individual songs are terribly long, so it ends before it becomes too tiresome. What really gets me though is the drums; they’re written better than the previous album, yes, but it’s still too obvious that they’re programmed. It’s not an issue for the most part, but it becomes cringe-worthy when there’s emphasis on the cymbals. I’m not opposed to using canned drums on the final product, but it would be nice if just a bit more care went into making sure they didn’t sound like a sample loop.

Though it’s not without its share of problems, Titanomachy is a strong second showing from Imperium. Is it perfect? No. Is it worth a few listens? Absolutely. When it all comes together, Titanomachy lives up to its title and delivers a soundtrack worthy of a battle against the ancient rulers of the world. For that, I give it:

3.5/5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell


Titanomachy is out now and can be found digitally at the Bandcamp link above and on CD right here. If you liked what you heard, go spread our Toilet stank all over their Facebook. As always, my friends,

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  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Dat cover.

    • Eliza

      It’s somewhere between genuinely epic and awfully epic.

  • Man the first half of this year was slow, but things are really really picking up speed

  • Stockhausen

    I caught this album a little bit ago, and man it does rip. You’re right in saying that not much changes and they rely too heavily on the same bag of tricks, but when you need something to bulldoze your balls, this’ll do quite nicely.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      From the description in the article, it sounds like I should jam their first album.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Sign me up! haha

  • These guys remind me of a faster more technical dyscarnate.

  • Eliza

    This album has exactly what I want.

  • everybody’s favorite drum sound

  • Only by the cover: I’m interested on this. By the review: I’m not that sure right now if I can digest canned drums. At least not in this moment.

    Meanwhile, I will wishlist this mo’fo. Thanks, Spearrow.

    • Eliza

      The drums are not fantastic, but they don’t distract from the rest of the music.

      • Thanks for pointing that, fine lady!

        • Eliza

          You’re welcome, I guess.





  • Where is everybody?

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Sup, GL.

      • ND! Yo. Just got home for the week. Doing some last minute work before the loooong weekend. How have you been??

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Good, mang. I just ate some bomb Indian food leftovers, need to do a pile of dishes and take a shower. I work fifteen hours Saturday but I have my scheduled Sunday shift off to attend an all day hip hop festival (I go every year) with my girlfriend and friends.

          Long weekend cause Memorial Day?

          • Whoa 15 hours is a long day! Hip hop festival sounds fun!

            Yep, Memorial Day. Trying to get the final touches completed on the CJ2a for the parade on Monday. Lots of final details to fix before then!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Good luck, GL.

    • “Where Is Everybody” = good NIN song!

  • tertius_decimus

    One may lose count how many similiar bands he can find. Faceless rip-off of ripped-off rip-offs by countless faceless bands, exploiting one sole trick. Songwriting is extraneous in this case. Just take what was previously written, copy, paste and voila. I’ve heard 70% of Imperium’s shit in Decrepit Birth’s “…And Time Begins” thirtheen years ago. Add Fleshgod Apocalypse into the mix and there you have it.

    This shit bears everything hate-able about technical death metal. Bands like Nocturnus, Anata and Theory In Practice will forever remain true pioneers, explorators of sound and compositional diversity. Always stood for diversity in TDM, however, past 7 years or so show this to be wrong. TDM is a sport. Shame.

    • But it still sounds good, right? Is there any fault in liking it because it sounds OK?

      • tertius_decimus

        Um-m… not sure what to answer.

        • I am just being a pain. Sorry 🙂

          • tertius_decimus

            Not offended, no need to apologize. 🙂

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I’ve enjoyed these educational comments the last couple of days, even if they are in a “state of metal” vein.

      • tertius_decimus

        Sorry for being too critical, mate. Everyone is entitled to his opinion no matter do you agree with it or not. Bias isn’t always sourced by commenter’s general dissatisfaction like in case of many web pages which you read on every day basis. Thus, it’s neither trolling, nor hater’s rage. Our tastes can’t be the same, so if someone shares his subjective view that crosses the paradigm that is accepted by social circle, it’s fine, he, at least, remains honest. If a person shows whether his/her opinion comes from, I enjoy reading negative reviews, they share food for thought. Usually, you see it behind the lines while reading. I, for example, don’t listen black metal (in very rare cases I do), so I don’t share my views on it because they’re obviously lacking knowledge and taste in the genre, so what I can add valuable in the conversation, really? I enjoy technical death metal, however, for different reasons and usually slightly disappointed to hear nothing close to what I really love in this kind of music.

        Again, sorry for being critical.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          No, no, I already mentioned I have enjoyed them!

          • tertius_decimus

            [raises cup of tea]

    • I agree there are way too many bands that copy and paste and focus on speed, but there are still a bunch that focus more on songwriting with technicality. Those are normally the best.

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  • Waynecro

    These are some strong tech-death jams, Spear buddy. Thanks! I’ll probably jam Onomasy and Imperium in the gym tonight.

  • the new Revocation song destroys everything. v excited for it!

    • Joaquin Stick

      Also love that album art.

    • I can’t wait to see them live again. I’ll have to drive 2 hours this time but i dont give a fuck.

    • Me too! They and Nile should be the highlights of Summer Slaughter this year, far as I can tell. I’m assuming Carnifex is on the bill to give some folks extra time to buy merch and beer.

      • woah, i may go to Slaughter too! (nice identity change BTW)

        • It’s always been a fun time for me; lineups are usually a mixed bag but they generally have at least one or two decent DM acts. 2013’s lineup was effing fantastic.

          Thanks for the compliment, by the way! Praise from a Jameson-soaked Baltimorean god is not taken lightly.

  • Joaquin Stick

    That solo at 1:55 of the posted song is just straight weird. Ohmygodsomanynotesinmyface-sqweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-lotsanotesagain