Imperial Triumphant's upcoming forth full-length, Alphaville, sees the New York City-based avant-metal trio exploring more radical territory than ever with the inclusion of a barbershop quartet and Japanese taiko drums. Fittingly, the album's recording was overseen by two of extreme music's most forward-thinking musicians: Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance, who produced Alphaville, and Krallice/Gorguts guitarist Colin Marston, who engineered, co-produced and even contributed some playing. But perhaps the album's biggest coup is a cameo from Meshuggah drummer and lyricist Tomas Haake, who plays the aforementioned taiko drums on the head-spinning new song "City Swine." Today (July 2nd), the band unleashed said cut — blast it above. Alphaville is due out on July 31st via Century Media and available for pre-order now in a highly limited, Revolver-exclusive "Ivory Towers" 2LP edition.
Strictly limited to 300 copies, the "Ivory Towers" collector's edition comes in a special gatefold sleeve with a four-page booklet and poster and features art by renowned artist and illustrator Zbigniew M. Bielak (Ghost, Body Count). The LP also offers a special novelty: Side D, which features two bonus covers, of Voivod and the Residents, is pressed with a rare "double-groove" feature, i.e. there are two grooves cut side-by-side, so that the listener plays the one cover version or the other — depending on where exactly the needle is placed. Pre-order yours now before they're gone!
Alphaville "Ivory Towers" collector's edition track listing:
1. Rotted Futures
3. City Swine
4. Atomic Age
5. Transmission to Mercury
7. The Greater Good
8. Experiment (Voivod cover)
9. Happy Home (The Residents cover)