Imperium is a popular name for a metal band. According to Metal Archives, there are 15 bands with the name, from Chile to Slovakia. There are 2 from the UK. Imperium is a death metal band started by guitarist Mike Alexander. Earlier this month, the band released their second album ‘Titanomachy’ featuring Doug Anderson (Unfathomable Ruination) on vocals. Inspired by Greek mythology, the band have released a solid slab of modern death metal.
I spoke to vocalist Doug Anderson about the album, the current state of death metal and also the possibility of them performing live.
Tell us about the origins of the band. How did you’ll get together?
The bands formation in 2010 consisted of Trigger the Bloodshed and The Bridal Procession members Robert Purnell and Steve Garnier and founding guitarist Mike Alexander. The debut album ’Sacramentum’ dropped in 2012.
With line up changes and injuries, Mike had to take his time preparing the new material. The songs have been a long time coming, and now with myself on vocals, we are finally ready to unleash a new chapter from Imperium.
How did you become a part of the band? Did it have an impact on the writing process for the album?
I was put in contact by our mutual friend Mike Barber, who I played in Prostitute Disfigurement with for a spell. I recorded a demo for Mike (Alexander) and the rest just fell into place.
Music wise the album was more or less finished, I just came in for vocals. I wrote all the lyrics and patterns of course, and there the themes began to develop.
Your latest Titanomachy is about Greek mythology. Tell us a bit more about it.
The first album was heavily rooted in the history of the ancient Romans. ‘Titanomachy’ goes back even further, to the source of the Roman gods, whose origins were lifted from Greek mythology.
The whole album covers many of my favourite myths and monsters from Greek mythos. The title track itself covers the Titanomachy, the war between the titans and the gods.
What was the recording process for the album? How long did it take?
The album had already been written and recorded for some time before I joined, over a year infact. When I stepped in, it took around 6 months to have everything finalised, and the actual vocal tracking process took a weekend. A few months later we had the mixed and mastere
The album is being released by Ultimate Massacre Productions. How did you get signed to the label?
I heard of the label through Mallika and Serge, and approached them myself. Both of them play in successful bands in their own right (Abnormality and Epicardiectomy) and trusted what they had to offer. It’s been a mutually beneficial deal through and through.
What are your thoughts on the current state of Death metal?
It’s quite an amazing time for death metal in some ways. Imperium itself is a great example of the internet age getting a chance to shine.
I have met Mike twice. Ever. I met Chuck Creese our producer, once. Since signing to our label, I have never met a member of the Ultimate Massacre productions team. Yet together we have managed to bring what was needed to produce a really great piece of music for the whole world to hear.
it’s a very modern way of doing things, but can saturate the scene with an over abundance of content. More bands means more good bands, but also more boring bands. But If the listener is savvy and knows what they want to hear, they can track down a nearly endless supply of high quality death metal.
The band is currently a studio project, do you foresee a possibility of play live in the future?
It’s something we’ve touched on, but there’s nothing to report there yet. Who knows what the future holds though!
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
To push the album to as many people as possible, and begin work on the third Imperium LP!
Thanks for answering all the questions. Do you have anything else to add?
Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, and please check out the album on May the 7th!
Stream/Download Titanomachy’ below