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Black metal that really hits the mark
L.A. based Imperialist have delivered a solid debut release with 'Cipher'. Raw, slightly melodic black metal is what you can expect to get a healthy dose of throughout the release and it's of very high quality. The composition and flow of the songs have a decidedly old school feel combined with newer styles of playing that creates a really eclectic and fun mix. I really enjoyed the way that the band lets both the old school and new sounds play off of each other and the dynamic that it creates throughout the album. Definitely recommend this to any black metal fans out there, you won't be disappointed.
Recommended for fans of: Second gen black metal
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RATING Cipher 2017 Independent Greg Watson 10/15/2017 4
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