The Empire Strikes Black!
September 23rd 2011, the Autumnal Equinox, heralds the release of Black Heart of Empire - the second full length album by Imperial Vengeance; and sees the gentlemen retreat from the horrors of war that dominated their debut, and raise the curtain on ten new absinthe-soaked compositions, played - for the most part- against the sinister backdrop of 19th Century London.
The duo describe the new work as “Ten dastardly tales of intrigue, phantasm and Derring-do”.
Beginning with a four part song cycle entitled 'The Gaslight Aria', the album proceeds through a collection of narratives that present a singularly dark vision. The resulting journey is a breathtakingly complex opiated haze of inspired guitar riffing and dramatic orchestration, awash with neo-Victorian aesthetics and containing no less than one hour of quintessentially British Metal.
The disc will be released in tandem with a 48-page 'Penny Dreadful' style booklet, which amongst the assorted simulacra and ephemera contains extracts of the orchestral score, photo galleries, Victorian horror and extensive insight by C. Edward Alexander and David Bryan into the background and composition behind the album.
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