Saturday, August 12, 2023

Rapid Fire Reviews: Imperium

Imperium is a five-piece heavy metal band which hails from South-West London. On September 23rd, the quintet will unleash their special blend of British steel with their second EP, When Kings Meet. It is their follow-up to their self-titled debut EP released in August of 2022.

Now this is my kind of music, folks! Old school metal/thrash metal done right. From the opening title track, displaying huge metal riffs and guitar prowess, to “Desperate Screams”, my personal favourite song on here with its shades of Megadeth and superb guitar solo, to the pure meat and potatoes metal of “Capable of Murder”, to the powerful and catchy first single, “Iron Thunder”, it’s a solid metal outing. To top things off, the band gives us two tracks that were recorded live at last year’s Bloodstock Open Air (“Capable of Murder” and “When Kings Meet”). While the sound quality of those is closer to a bootleg, it does capture the raw and ferocious presence the band has as a live act. Good times! My only gripe is that it would’ve been more fun to hear live renditions of songs from their first EP to have more variety instead of two tracks from the current EP played live.

Imperium is a force to be reckoned with. When Kings Meet is a slab of raging metal paying homage to its roots while putting their own spin on it. Fans of Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax will really dig Imperium and their new EP. They also sound like a really cool band to see live. At the time of writing this, When Kings Meet isn’t up for pre-order yet on Bandcamp, but stay tuned to their account for news and updates. This six-track EP comes highly recommended.

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