Released: 2013, W.T.C.Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
There’s almost an unwritten rule in metal music from the view of an English speaker, if you can’t actually read the names of the songs, it’s probably obscure and extreme. Well in the case of Czech band Triumph, Genus I cant even type the names let alone pronounce them so they must be untraceable and brutal to the point of offensive, right? Well it seems that that’s exactly what they are.
Virtually untraceable online save for a handful of reviews from smaller webzines this band are redefining what it means to have a lack of Internet presence. It’s unusual for a band in 2013 to have totally avoided any kind of Facebook page or website, but with such a strong emphasis on taking it back to the old school and reliving the 90s days it seems apt.
The music is a ravenous, throat ripping assault of pure fundamental black metal. The album starts abruptly being thrown straight into a sustained blast beat attack. Despite relying heavily on the traditional harmonies the melody created permeating through is more unusual, twisting and turning constantly in unexpected directions. The real triumph of this album though is Jaroslav’s vocals. The harsh sound of the snarled Czech language combined with the guttural, almost spoken vocals creates the image of a harsh and powerful protagonist.
The effect is almost occult, a chant bringing forth dark forces from ancient times, much like the band themselves reviving the roots of black metal. Positioned over the blast beats it is perhaps a little too much, but there are real glimpses of genius at brief moments where the double kick gives way to slower sections showcasing the riff. Všehorovnost je porážkou převyšujících and particularly Obklopen snází v představě showcase this nicely, the abject but calm brutality counterpointed with a sharp smack to the face from the drums.
The homage to tradition creates a lack of variation, and the constant barrage of drumming creates an intensity that makes this album difficult to listen to from start to finish. Despite this, this album will appeal to fans of the old school sound. Triumph, Genus is everything that black metal should be: brutal, dominant and savage. Everything about this album drips in potential and although not totally successful, I will be early looking forward to anything this band put out in future.
Everything about this band screams tradition and from this it is unlikely that they will be breaking new ground or hauling up new darkness, they have got a certain edge, a refreshing touch that keeps them interesting. Considering this is their first release, save a couple of tracks on a split last year, I think we can well and truly call this album a triumph, gen(i)us.
Review by Caitlin Smith