I'll be the first to admit; I'm not much of a fan at all of black metal. It's not because I'm Roman Catholic - I mean, I am, it's just the reason I oppose the genre. It's just that I find the whole theatricality of it all rather sophomoric. If the music were there, like jazz or blues, that would be one thing. But it's the thing with the make up, the album covers with skulls and crosses, and whatnot that just seems so contrived and silly. A lot of times, Ragman will be playing some sort of metal at the studio, or in the car stereo on the way to a concert, and I'll say "Hey, this sounds great, who is this?" and it turns out to be a black metal band. Which only seems to prove my point that if the music is strong enough to stand on its own, why do all the other silly shit?
So, here we have our first Serbian black metal band, Triumfall, and their debut album, Antithesis Of All Flesh. Their website's manifest is as follows:
Triumfall's main goal is to play fast and aggressive, but yet melodic and atmospheric Black Metal, and also to express their beliefs and attitudes that thrive from the darkest mysteries of the Left Hand Path. Band's spiritual quintessence is the one with the aesthetics of the Darkside. Glorification of Darkness and Death is not a matter of free choice, but an self-consciousness outcome of the rebellious spirits and purity of the Black Hearts.
The Bottom Line: They're towing the company line all right. Oh well. There's no question that the boys have talent. Their music is tight and well established in the genre. I just feel like every song sounds the same and I don't know how to recommend an hour's worth of one song...
- Genghis just doesn't get it, does he?