TRIUMVIR FOUL “Onslaught To Seraphim”
By Dr. Abner Mality
There’s no doubt TRIUMVIR FOUL want to slit your throat and leave you writhing in a pool of your own blood. One listen to “Onslaught To Seraphim” proves it. It’s not a revolutionary piece of death metal art by any stretch, but it is certainly focused on darkness, aggression, brutality and the murky devastation whereby the angels fell.
It falls within the category of “cavernous” death metal, with a subterranean, down-tuned growl that the likes of INCANTATION and DEAD CONGREGATION first brought to the world. The album starts out with a fair emphasis on doomier, more ominous tones, such as what you hear on “Presage” and the dismal crush of “Basmu Enthralled, Horned Creations”. But it gradually picks up speed and fury and explodes into more of a war metal attack with “Infected Virtue”, “Serpent’s Gnash For War” and the truly mayhemic title track. But it manages to avoid the excesses of war metal, where riffs get lost in a vacuum cleaner like blast. There’s no such mistake here...TRIUMVIR FOUL stick to the power of the riff and never lose their focus.
A fair amount of albums in this vein are released every year. It is usually up to intangibles to separate the better ones from the mass of “typical” extreme metal. This band has those hard to define qualities in spades here and that helps push TRIUMVIR FOUL to the head of the bloodthirsty pack.