Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, March 17, 2023

Imperial Demonic - Beneath The Crimson Eclipse


It's Friday so why not immerse yourself in some killer melodic black metal? Such is the magic of Imperial Demonic and their gut wrenching new album, Beneath The Crimson Eclipse. This is black metal taken to the nth degree, unrelenting and crushing, but full of bombast and a larger vision that is going to keep listeners enamored for spin after spin. Drawing very much from the 90s school with clear nods to Dimmu Borgir and Dissection among others, Imperial Demonic have unleashed hell from Northern Ireland and by Thor is it addictive. 

Beneath The Crimson Eclipse impresses because of the breadth of the vision and the quality of the compositions fueling the music. These are songs that feel larger than life and which have a sort of swaggering vision behind them that makes them that much more compelling. The crippling chorus on "Dawn Of The Infernal Age" has surprising sing along potential and speaks to just how hooky this record is. Imperial Demonic are making black metal in a way that is grandiose and obsessed with the past, but that's a huge part of what makes it so engaging and gives listeners reason to keep coming back ever more in love. 

Imperial Demonic have unleashed something here that is accessible and powerful. It's a record that is throat slitting in its execution and unrelenting in its assault. There is a melodic and addictive power that allows these tracks to really shine and which pushes listeners off the ledge and into the abyss. If you're looking for black metal that speaks to some of the most wonderfully epic sides of the genre and which doesn't get lost in too much modern age experimentation you could do a lot worse than the four on the floor pummeling of Imperial Demonic.

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