Author: Jan Jakobsen
Band: Triumvir Foul
Album: Triumvir Foul
Label: Blood Harvest
If there is one specific style of extreme metal that has really caught a hold of me over the last years, it’s cavernous death metal. Real fucking’ death metal, played with passion and with the intent of not giving a shit about being the fastest, the most technical or the most progressive. It’s about taking the style back to its roots when the riffs were all that mattered. Triumvir Foul is another one of these cavernous death metal bands that have started popping up. Their style is very much in the same vein as Cruciamentum, Dead Congregation or Incantation. Formed by the two members of the atmospheric black metal band Ash Borer you might think that it should be more atmospheric or progressive considering the style of Ash Borer, but fear not. Triumvir Foul is pure death metal, no frills, no bullshit, all riffs.
Most of the tracks on this beast of an album falls around the four-minute mark with the sole exception being the slow and rancid opener Labyrinthine – The Blood Serpent Unwinds which serves as the perfect intro to a grimy death metal experience. Most of the other tracks follow a somewhat similar pattern with violent riffing being the main attraction. Triumvir Foul succeeds with this through using the riffs not only as the instrument that drives the music forwards, but also through making an atmosphere that reeks of death and decay. This amplifies the entire musical experience to a whole new level. Speaking of musical experience, I mostly don’t care about lyrics or song-titles, but Triumvir Foul has really nailed on this album. Pathways to Decay and Banished to Slavery and Silence is such perfect titles, not only because the titles actually make sense when you listen to the tracks but it invokes really strong imagery. There are also, dare I say, groovy moments hidden on this monster. Endless Spiritual Violence for examples has a mid-section that features some intensely catchy drumming and the main riff of Banished to Slavery and Silence is also one that really sticks to your memory.
Most death metal bands seem to be pleased when they have hit a reasonable level of brutality or extremity but Triumvir Foul exceeds this with triumph. They do not want to be your average run-of-the-mill death metal band and they exceed with this by letting the consumer get dragged with them on a cavernous trip to the underworld. If this album would’ve been released earlier it would’ve made my top 5 of the year, but luckily that doesn’t matter in the long run. What matters is that Triumvir Foul have created one of the finest metal albums of 2015, regardless of sub-genre.
- Jan Jakobsen