Imperialist are a band from California that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a sci-fi theme form of black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Zenith" which will be released in November by Transcending Obscurity Records.
Sci-fi orientated synths start off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds later before going into more of a heavier and melodic direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, paced and fast parts. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style when they are utilized.
A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with some of the riffing also showing an influence of thrash metal and as the album progresses sci-fi orientated sounds also make a brief return. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Space and Science Fiction themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Imperialist and if you are a fan of melodic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Maw" "Majesty Of The Void" and "Beyond The Celestial Veil". 8 out of 10.