Imperium, the new full-length from California death metal legion The Kennedy Veil, was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish) at Castle Ultimate Productions, features guest appearances by Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, Sven de Caluwé of Aborted, and Dickie Allen of Infant Annihilator, and comes swathed in the cover art of Robert Cook. Imperium highlights themes of fear, myth, despair, and humanity's inclination toward utter corruption. Taking influence from a purer, more ancient evil of European descent, The Kennedy Veil has incorporated symphonic, blackened themes that parallel the lyrical aesthetic.
Imperium is somewhat of a departure from the band's previous effort, Trinity Of Falsehood, taking one step away from the "technical" side and two steps into deeper, darker, more blackened aggression. Guitarist Casey Childers said of their new direction, "I feel like this album is taking us back to riffs and memorable song structures. We really focused on stepping our writing game up and worried less about over the top technicality and speed. The new album shows a lot more depth and experimentation than our previous work."
The opening lyric of Imperium, simply states, "reclaim death." "To us, it is a statement," adds drummer Gabe Seeber. "A statement of remaining true to what the genre was built from, while still bringing our own ideas of modern death into the fold. We really focused more on structure with this release, and I think those who have heard our previous works, will notice that immediately."