Triumphant – Herald The Unsung : 88%

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Black/thrash metal? Oh, it is a foregone conclusion that the band would be another mimic of Venom, Bathory, Sodom or any of the early gods of first wave black metal. Probably many listeners are getting tired after listening to a lot of black/thrash metal bands of this era that are almost repeating the same music in the vein of their predecessors. Well, there are obviously exceptions and Triumphant from Austria has thrilled me with their debut, “Herald the Unsung”.

The sonic journey of 40:46 minutes begins with an intro named “Triumfaor”. Apart from Triumfator, another intro “Nightfall” has emerged in the voyage. It would be utterly onerous task to choose the favorite track from the album. All of the seven tracks that appear in the album (excluding the intros) are breathtaking enough to engulf me with sheer delectation. Each of them has its own distinctive hallmark consists of deep and phenomenal components -twisted riffs, harmonious solos, appeasing rhythms, psychotic thrashy vocal deliveries, high pitch screams, solid drumming actions and whatnots.

Desaster, Nifelheim, Venom, Slayer, Dissection, Traditional Heavy Metal and even Punk influences are apparent here. Tracks like Nachzehrer, Necromantic Force are a bit faster and rawer approach. Necromantic Force is a track from their “Manic Disease” era and it was also featured in the “Live Necromacy” demo tape, but the album version surpasses the live demo number.  Supreme black metal riffs and enchanting solo oriented track “Fullmoon Over Transylvania” will allure the black metal devotees. Zivot Ispod Obrnutog Krsta (aka Life Under the Inverted Cross) that has been sung in Bosnian language is occupied with some finest rhythmic bridges. Title track just reminds me of those vintage guitar moments of Dissection that are melancholic and at the same time are nefarious. Both Devotion and the title track are crafted with supreme atmospheric essences. Vocal’s supreme voices can range from black/thrash to clean voice heavy metal and without any doubt he is able to deliver the perfect voice in terms of the environment of the music. Final track, “Triumphant” is just a proper illustration of the magnificent skill of the vocal. The track has pure traditional heavy metal environs and vocal perfectly match his voice with it. High pitch screaming in the middle of this track is a notable feature.

Considering the production of the album, I am obviously giving it a thumb up. Effective production is actually working as a catalyst to make the whole album as a miraculous and because of it astonishing moments of the album are correctly audible. Lyrics deal with evil, occult and horror oriented themes that are probably not as breathtaking as the sound of the album, but deserve appraisal. Especially, the title track and Devotion’s lines are killer.

Triumphant successfully re-invents the sound and incorporates the elements of different music in their debut full length. I do not have a single grief about the release and do consider it as one of the best releases of the year. Will the album ever be considered as an outdated one? I will answer it with two words, “Hell No”.

Release Date: March 01, 2014

Labels: Heavy Forces Records (Vinyl), Destruktion Records (Cassette), Cyclone Empire (CD)
Track-list: 

1. Triumfator (Intro) 03:28
2. Nachzehrer 03:32
3. Life Under the Inverted Cross 05:02
4. Necromantic Force 03:37
5. Devotion 05:53
6. Nightfall (Intro) 01:44
7. Fullmoon over Transylvania 02:26
8. Herald the Unsung 09:03
9. Triumphant 06:01
40:46

Lineup:

 

Altar Crusher Drums
Ephemer Guitars
Doomed Desolator Bass, Vocals (backing)
Persekutor Guitars (lead), Vocals (backing)
Bekim Leatherdemon Vocals (lead)

Bandcamp: http://persekutor.bandcamp.com/album/herald-the-unsung

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TriumphantMetal

By: Zoheb Mahmud

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Draconis Infernum: The Sacrilegious Eradication – 85%

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Draconis Infernum is one of the bands hailing from Asia that needs no introduction perhaps! They are one of the bands with crushing black metal sound to uphold their supremacy over the trend. These Singahellian black metallers are back with their third full-length entitled The Sacrilegious Eradication, released through Ketzer Records, Germany. The release itself is pretty different compared to their previous releases, sounding more matured and at the same time a bit “Scandinavian”.

Fair enough to say “The Sacrilegious Eradication” draws influence from acts like Sacramentum, Lord Belial on this record and blends them with the traditional Asian black metal, and the consequence is a supreme wall of sound on a melodic background. The atmosphere of the sound is hypnotizing with intense muted riffing. You won’t hear a boring moment with any of the instruments played. Let it be bass- they gets their own moments when you can hear them clear them, consider the track Anathema, there is actually a melody played on the bass. The often rhythmic guitars will remind of some of the great Scandinavian bands aforementioned. But take the track Trampling the Divine, in which melodic guitar riffs are played in Asian black metal pattern- reminiscent of Impiety and others. The drums are too good on this record, apart from the traditional blast beats, the drumming skills are shown by varying them on the guitar lines, no technique is overdone! Vocals? Imagine a beast raging in fury to tear off the barriers in front of it! The blasphemous lyrics are spit out in the way which the music sounds supreme- and it won’t disturb the fans of either raw or modern black metal. Yes, the production quality tickles the borderline between these two styles.

The album comprises of 8 songs- durable to a length of 38 minutes. The tracklist includes two cover songs- Anal Madonna (from Impiety’s debut full-length Asateerul Awaleen) and We are Unholy ( from Urgehal’s The Eternal Eclipse – 15 Years of Satanic Black Metal). The lyrics on this album, though not enriched as much, focus mainly on blasphemous themes and war against religion/god. There is nothing extra – ordinary in it.

The Sacrilegious Eradication is so far the best and unique work done by Draconis Infernum. This is not your average Asian black metal album. A must listen for the extreme metal fans.

Highlight: The Dying Light- an absolute stunner in terms of melody and composition. This song will remind you of profound Scandinavian acts e.g. Sacramentum, Unanimated.

The Sacrilegious Eradication- the title track is an ominous fusion of furious death and black metal like the early works by the band itself.

Anathema- perhaps the best track on the list.

Tracklist:

Into the Darkness 05:30
The Blasphemous Wrath 05:35
Anathema 03:38
The Sacrilegious Eradication 04:50
Anal Madonna (Impiety Cover) 04:07
Trampling the Divine 06:03
We are Unholy (Urgehal Cover) 02:02
The Dying Light 05:40

Lineup

Serberuz Hammerfrost (Bass, Vocals)

Niloc (Guitars)

Xepher (Guitars)

Profanator (Drums)

Xxxul666 (Bass, Guest on Anal Madonna) [ex – Impiety]

Hans Fyrste (Vocals, Guest on We are Unholy) [Svarttjern/Ragnarok]

Facebook of Draconis Infernum: https://www.facebook.com/draconisinfernum

Listen to The Dying Light:

Somber Oracle