US black metal band IMPERIALIST have conjured up a brilliant sci-fi themed album that stands out both conceptually as well as musically. Rooted in the early Swedish black metal sound of luminaries like NECROPHOBIC, DISSECTION and SACRAMENTUM, IMPERIALIST hone it up further to suit their futuristic theme by adding touches of thrash metal without diluting the rich aura. ‘Cipher’ is backed by a visually stunning artwork by Adam Burke (VEKTOR, LURK) that extends into a continuous two-panel work depicting the grand theme. It’s rare to find bands that have a bold vision and at the same time create the perfect blend for music that is at once atavistic and forward-thinking. This is one of the finest examples of meticulously written black metal counterbalancing aggression with melodies and thrashy sections.
The CD box set edition will have stunning silver-embossed effect to all the logos and text. It’s a beautiful package with seamless double panel art. It’s very limited and each box set will come with the following items –
► Expansive 8-panel digipak with lyrics
► Autographed card signed by all the members of the band
► Bottle opener + keychain bearing the band’s insignia
► Cool fridge magnet of the whole artwork
► Logo patch
► A3 size poster of the full artwork