Imperial Triumphant played Cambridge – 10/15

NYC avant-metal brothers-in-arms Imperial Triumphant and Pyrrhon brought their fall tour to Massachusetts with local support from Gog.

Imperial Triumphant do not make easily digestible music. Quite the opposite, in fact; spin their grimy, disorienting, jazz-inflected black-tech-death insanity at the wrong time of day (or the right one, maybe) and the feeling is something akin to seasickness. As challenging as that sense of churning unease can be though, it’s also what makes the band so compelling.

All modes of sonic warfare at the three-piece’s disposal were in effect Friday night, where they pummeled a sold-out room grateful for the onslaught. The band’s masked-and-robed stage getup evoked a fever dream where Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut orgy-goers spontaneously picked up Flying Vs, and those eerily fixed expressions played into the unsettling vibes. With the requisite jazz flourishes convincingly piped in (it can’t be cost effective to bring a whole horn section on the road right now…), the trio ripped through a thrilling set that brought their visions of urban apocalypse to life. The streets of their native New York City are coded into the DNA of the band’s music, and often their maelstrom felt like being consumed by some monstrous personification of the city itself. In a good way.

Neighboring noisemakers Pyrrhon channeled chaotic fury during their supporting set, grinding out math-y, zig-zagging death metal guided by in-your-face vocalist Doug Moore. Locals Gog kicked off the night with a satisfying slab of good old fashioned death-doom to set the sonic tone.

Scroll down for photos of all three sets.