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Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul - Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul [USA]
Triumvir Foul
2016
Full Length
Blood Harvest
Black/Death Metal

Triumvir Foul‘s debut offering last year in the form of their demo An Oath of Blood and Fire couldn’t come at a worse time, with my interest in the black/death metal genre, in particularly the barbaric, filthy style declining rapidly. For some reason though, their self-titled full length this year held certain promise, and listening to the 42 minute onslaught on Triumvir Foul, it would have been a mistake to give this release a miss as well.

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Album Review: Diocletian – Gesundrian

Diocletian - Gesundrian

Diocletian [New Zealand]
Gesundrian
2014
Full Length
Osmose Productions
Black/Death Metal

My introduction to Diocletian came with their 2010 full length release, War of All Against All, which left me rather overwhelmed, being one of the first few war metal bands that was discovered outside the usual Blasphemy and Conqueror. The band particularly left their mark with their epic, ambient closing track Fortress of the Unconquerable on the album, which was a unique yet suitable touch to the apocalyptic themes that were on the album. This year sees the band releasing their third full length album, Gesundrian under new home, Osmose Productions, and seeing the run of quality releases so far (from both the band and the label), this was certainly a release worth waiting for.

The band’s hunger and intent for war and destruction is immediately presented on opening track Cleaved Asunder, continuing the doom pace that Fortress of the Unconquerable ended War of All Against All complete with the crushing riffs of Atrociter and J. Baldwin. The apocalyptic soundscape that the band has created quickly reminds one of the recent Heresiarch release, Waelwulf or even Witchrist‘s dark style of death metal, leaving the listener devoid of any form of redemption. But as soon a Wolf Against Serpent begins, the band goes into full speed, and over here one is quickly reminded of classic war metal bands such as Blasphemy or Proclamation, with a more updated sound. The focus on the riffs in the playing style of Diocletian also brings about some resemblance to bands such as Conqueror, though there are also some of the chaotic moments, what with the pick-scratches and formless guitar solos, that are more akin to Revenge‘s grindish works.

Sound samples are also cleverly used throughout the album, fitting to the themes that Diocletian sought to propagate. For instance, opening track Cleaved Asunder makes full use of sounds of galloping war horses and the sounds a lone flag flapping to create that war-like backdrop of Diocletian‘s music.

Gesundrian: the causing of severance, harmony or disunity. Diocletian‘s quality violent and belligerent latest work has ensured that war has stirred, and any form of peace or calm has been torn asunder.

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Album Review: Eskhaton – Worship Death

Eskhaton - Worship Death

Eskhaton [Australia]
Worship Death
2014
Full Length
Chaos Records
Black/Death Metal

Oceania has had it’s fair share of bestial black/death metal, with not only legends such as Bestial Warlust, but also bands like DiocletianWitchrist and Heresiarch bearing the torch of the belligerent and destructive genre. As though the brutality that these bands weren’t sufficient to cause major head trauma, Melbourne spits forth yet another band of similar veins in the form of Eskhaton, with their sophomore full length album Worship Death.

Eskhaton certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to dishing out death, and the chaos begins right from opening track Nekrochant, with the formless chaos sounding rather senseless and meaningless to the untrained ear. But instead this mindless destruction got me extremely excited, knowing that this is gonna be one hell of a war metal experience. The intensity that is on the album quickly reminds one of Canadian war metal horde such as Revenge and Conqueror, though the resemblance with the former is stronger what with the chaotic lead guitars that are thrown about throughout the album and that somewhat grindcore violence that is prevalent from start to end.

The cavernous atmosphere, conjured by the vocals of Invokocide even reminds one of the exploits of Heresiarch or Diocletian, complete with the battery of drummer Hammerkill and his James Read-style of drumming. The bestiality and somewhat ritualistic moments on the album such as the droning riffs also brings about comparisons to Archgoat or Mitochondrion, with that enchanting and entrancing style that is incorporated into Eskhaton‘s songwriting.

There hasn’t been much buzz in the war metal arena in the past few months, save for the recent Nechbeyth and Heresiarch EPs, but Eskhaton‘s Worship Death has managed to once again reignited that flame and passion for war metal. Worship Death is just 45 minutes of non-stop lambasting aural assault, and one that will perhaps fill the insatiable appetites of war metal maniacs.

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Album Review: Heresiarch – Wælwulf

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Heresiarch [New Zealand]
Wælwulf
2014
EP
Dark Descent Records
Black/Death Metal

When New Zealand’s Heresiarch first released their debut EP, Hammer of Intransigence in 2011, I was completely blown away, with that EP easily being one of my all time favourite war metal releases. The announcement of the band’s release of another EP in the form of Wælwulf this year got me extremely excited, and once again reignited the flame for bestial black/death metal.

With the high octane energy that was presented on Hammer of Intransigence, I almost expected yet another dosage of such relentless brutality on Wælwulf. But Heresiarch proves themselves to be a band that is much more versatile than that, and while that filthy atmosphere that was present on Hammer of Intransigence is still obvious right from the start with Waewulf, the band seems to take a slightly different approach this time round. For starters, things are much heavier this time round, with the riffs unleashed being crushing as fuck, backed by relentless drums.

The chaos, and heavy focus on the riffs on this release are still rather characteristic of pioneering bands such as Conqueror or Revenge. But the band seems to take a slightly doomier approach this time round, with Abrecan and moments on Endethraest being rather uncharacteristically slow by Heresiarch standard, though the disturbance and uneasiness that the band manages to evoke is still evident. Throw in the heavy atmosphere that that shrouds the entire EP, one is easily reminded of fellow countrymen Witchrist, with the dissonance on the album bringing in some resemblance to Australia’s Portal as well,  often pushing the limits of the listener’s sanity.

While Heresiarch has taken a different approach this time round, resulting in Wælwulf being a very different sounding release from Hammer of Intransigence, the brutality and bestiality that is emanated is still very much present, ensuring that fans of the band won’t be left disappointed.

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Album Review: Heresiarch – Hammer of Intransigence

Heresiarch [New Zealand]
Hammer of Intransigence
2011
EP
Dark Descent Records
Black/Death Metal

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Alongside the numerous acts out of New Zealand bearing the flag of the old school and barbaric black/death metal such as Diocletian and Witchrist, comes Heresiarch, with their brand new EP, Hammer of Intransigence. While Heresiarch does not claim to bring a fresh new sound to the already saturated black/death metal arena, what is presented on Hammer of Intransigence is sheer brilliance in the execution and progress of the sound that pioneers of war metal have crafted.

Right from the beginning, this EP reeks of chaos and violence, from the sounds of war horns at the background on the introductory track Abomination down to the ominous, ritualistic atmosphere that lingers in the air. As Abominations gives way to Carnivore, it is just non-stop ear-raping barbaric, ritualistic black/death metal, with the relentless blasting of drummer CjS, reminiscent of other prominent drummers such as James Read. Various effects that are utilised by the band also remind listeners of other war metal counterparts, such as the screams that are present at the background of Carnivore, instantly bringing to mind the tortured shrieks present on songs by  bands like Conqueror. The heavy guitar tone and the vocals alternating between low-pitched gurgling and slightly higher pitched growls complement the underlying chaos on the skins perfectly as well. Even the chaotic guitar solos on Thunorrad remind listeners of bands like Revenge.

The band also manages to display some slight variety in their songwriting styles, with songs like Carnivore and Intransigent incorporating slower moments to build up the climax and tension in the song, and shorter tracks like Iconoclasm simply providing a whole barrage of blast beats, and display the band’s fury in its full glory. The songwriting style, with the incorporation of slower parts, once again remind listeners of bands like Conqueror. The abrasive production quality also serves only to make this record all the more well-done, nicely bringing out the barbaric and old-school essence in the music.

If one is looking for technical wankery and a polished production job, then a word of caution: Hammer of Intransigence would probably be one of those albums that you would least want to explore. While Heresiarch sounds like an unconventional band on the Dark Descent Records roster, there is certainly no reason to complain and more new material is certainly welcome. To put it shortly, Hammer of Intransigence sounds like a mix between bands like Conqueror and Bestial Raids, and is hence highly recommended for fans of the aforementioned bands.

Heresiarch on the internet:
Dark Descent Records

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