Release Details

LABEL Blood Harvest
RELEASED ON 2/15/2016
GENRES Death
  • The Pacific Northwest continues to prove to be fertile ground for metal that delves deeply into the dark tones inspired by the natural beauty of the region.


Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul

posted on 1/2016   By: Dave Schalek

The Pacific Northwest continues to prove to be fertile ground for metal that delves deeply into the dark tones inspired by the natural beauty of the region. Arcata, California, a small town on the Lost Coast north of San Francisco, gave birth to Ash Borer, a highly regarded trio playing black metal enhanced with pagan overtones and with an appreciation for the natural splendor of its surroundings.

However, not much has been heard from Ash Borer of late. Part of the reason for the low profile may be due to the emergence of Triumvir Foul. Featuring both R and M from Ash Borer (now going with the monikers of Ad Infinitum and Cedentibus, respectively), the duo is joined by Absque to form a hybrid of death and black metal.

Inspired by both very early Sodom and Celtic Frost, and by newer acts such as Teitanblood, Triumvir Foul nails the mixing of the genres quite nicely. This self-titled debut is incredibly heavy with rough guitars, growls that are enhanced by deep roars, and a bass that provides the rhythm section with a dynamic backbone. Tempo variations give the music a sense of freshness, and a few of the riffs approach something... Well, angular, even though that’s a word that we writer types usually reserve for the more twisted varieties of technical death metal. I wouldn’t exactly call Triumvir Foul technical, but witness the weirdness of songs such as “Hedonistic Prayer – The Abhorrent Depths Of Perversion” to get an idea.

As word begins to get out about Triumvir Foul, expect more comparisons to be made with not just Teitanblood, but with Antediluvian, Vasaeleth, and the like. The comparisons are pretty much spot on, but Triumvir Foul is a little less murky than, say, Teitanblood -- certainly to the point where you can hear more of what’s going on.

What’s going on is very well done, indeed. Triumvir Foul makes a good addition to Ash Borer’s legacy, and to that of the Pacific Northwest.




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