Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul CD
The self-titled debut album of TRIUMVIR FOUL. Although forming in 2014 and having one demo prior to this debut LP, the trio of TRIUMVIR FOUL number two members of the celebrated cult Ash Borer – namely, drummer Cendentibus and vocalist/guitarist Ad Infinitum. But while TRIUMVIR FOUL likewise aim for an engrossing experience, that’s where the similarities between the two bands end: Triumvir Foul is an unrelentingly dense, filthy expanse of morbid Metal of Death bestiality, base and belligerent at the core and yet plumbing depths of the psyche that otherwise betray such a seemingly simple, on-the-surface assault.
To paraphrase the band themselves, TRIUMVIR FOUL is a vessel for hedonism, corruption, and cabalisticism, the embodiment of one’s depravity and weakness expressed through worship of the three serpents. As an entity of spiraling spiritual violence, TRIUMVIR FOUL abides by the principles of disgust, hatred, and anxiety as strict tenets of the Vrasubatlat philosophy:
The corruption of flesh and spirit
Decorate my mind with depravity
Leave me squirming for all to see
Within the tomb of God’s placenta
And walls drenched in my foul emanations
Emanations of lust and decay
Vessel and listener shall become One and then None when the sonic coils of Triumvir Foul are unloosed upon vinyl LP by BLOOD HARVEST. Reckoning shall come, placed upon your feet by the trinity of TRIUMVIR FOUL: prepare, and abide.
Triumvir Foul release their debut self-titled full-length album, and it’s a slight change in direction from the Swedeath-sounding An Oath of Blood and Fire demo. Their second release channels a bit of ancient death metal to their style, and on this record Triumvir Foul play it fitting tribute with filthy, gritty, no-holds barred brutality from first note to last.
Triumvir Foul is made up of the same duo that comprises black metal stalwarts Ash Borer. On Triumvir Foul, they explore death metal, refraining from playing two disparate styles as their first incarnation, in order to play music closer to each band’s purpose of being.
Armed with a new strategem, a new band member, and less importantly, a new logo, Triumvir Foul don’t mix the two styles into a paradigm of blackened death metal parody, as the sub-genre has seen a great deal of popularity as of late. Instead, they leave Ash Borer comparisons to those who can’t tell one style from another, being clear that they seek to exorcise their death metal leanings as Triumvir Foul, and for that matter, keep the vaunted black metal discography of Ash Borer’s free from such experimentation.
On Triumvir Foul’s demo, An Oath of Blood and Fire, the duo plays a more stripped-down style. With the guitar closely sounding like that of Swedish buzzsaw tradition, Triumvir Foul’s demo sounded simpler by comparison. On their LP, they blast more often, shredding, double-kick drumming, and playing some slight homage to blackened death metal on nine tracks of pristine darkness. The guitars feedback and wail with greater tendency, the production rendering the dense wall of sound some harrowing quality, some great inclination to drive the side-project greater relevancy in the death metal scene today.
Indeed, Triumvir Foul’s demo lacked that sense of urgency, that maniacal drive to produce albums of such quality as Ash Borer is known by. On their self-titled LP, the band mixes it perfectly for vinyl format. The production qualities used for the instruments lend them a bit of ash and dust, gritty, noisy and obscure like death metal albums of the early nineties.
The songs don’t last too long. The first track, “Labyrinthine – The Blood Serpent Unwinds,” closes at nearly eight minutes in length and does a splendid job of transitioning from the intro to the actual sermon. It establishes the smoky, dusty atmosphere of music long-gone, exhumed at the risk of inducing the Armageddon. Death metal like this might be easier to come by these days, what with ancient death metal having seen a resurgence, but death metal this good isn’t quite as proliferate as many may think. It is of special note to audiences around the world who might have balked at An Oath of Blood and Fire that Triumvir Foul have released something far more menacing, something better than what you or I could have anticipated based on popular opinion surrounding their debut. Less hyped and back with a vengeance, Triumvir Foul knock on the doors of death metal elitism here.
Most of the songs last about four minutes or less, and although the song arrangements have seen a touch of complexity, a great disparity between this and that of their demo won’t be too greatly felt. It is in style and execution that much can be said about what Triumvir Foul has replaced or improved immensely from their demo. Their follow-up album thereby receives a good commendation from me. What Triumvir Foul started with has quickly reached closer to the pinnacle of death metal perfection, an album that makes strides greater than first perception will allow, so yes, listen to this a few more times before thinking that Triumvir Foul seek to give audiences the run-around. – (Cvlt Nation)
I remember hearing Triumvir Foul’s first demo, “An Oath of Blood and Fire”, and thinking that it was some of the best old school death metal that I had ever heard and it could not get better than that any time soon. Well, not even a year later these guys are back and more brutal than ever with their brand new self-titled debut album that I have to say is even more astounding than their phenomenal demo. If you want me to sum up this record in three words then it would be this: no holds barred. That’s exactly what Triumvir Foul has done. Each and every fucking track off of this 41 minute monster has no sort of restraints on its style, sound, or theme as every moment through ridiculously remorseless moment is filled to the fucking brim with uncomprehendingly intense death metal that would get even the most up tight elitist motherfucker out there to go “this is pretty good”. The growls have such a raw feel to them that they fit magnificently well with the guitars that were not only fast, they had a subtle rhythm while remaining a constant heaviness alongside the bass that sounded like they were the prelude to death itself, and the drums were just blasting all over the place that made this album true head banging material whether that part was intentional or not. And what I really respect Triumvir Foul for is the fact that they do not need super ultra intense guitar solos to make their brand of death metal more badass because it’s already marvelously badass to begin with and honestly a needless solo would only taint the music that is just spot on perfect as it is. This is easily one of the gems of the underground scene in all over metal in America, and maybe even the entire world because nothing from a band that has as few followers as Triumvir Foul does has made me shit myself this much. An album that gets a very satisfying rate of ten out of motherfucking ten in all categories, “Triumvir Foul” is an album that if you don’t even think to check out one song off it then frankly you are one sorry son of a bitch because you will be missing out! – (HeadBangerReviews)
“A quick dip into the inbox of unearthly delights has led me to this death metal trio’s eponymous debut. With a demo appearing soon after their formation in 2014, it’s not taken them long to get their shit together and produce a pretty fucking good slab of filth-ridden intensity. With the members either involved or having been involved in numerous other bands, there’s clearly plenty corrupt creative juices to sup upon and craft into something spectacular, as evidenced by all nine of the album’s tracks…Against a backdrop of blackened ferocity, it’s the band’s dynamic control that stands out. Commanding in their use of full-on brutality, the occasional half-tempo passage further fuels the might of their work. Dropping the tempo gives the band space to give further shape to their sonic assault and augment the densely layered power that they have at their hands. Throwing in feedback and maniacal lead work twists the already twisted even more…There’s barely a moment when this album lets up. The riffs are brutal, grinding, tearing at your flesh; the drumming is an unending battery; and the vocals – if they can be called such – are monstrous. And buried within the barbarity is melody – that of the death metal variety, of course. In the underworld of Triumvir Foul, there is little in the way of light, only harsh atmospherics woven into savage songwriting and a suitably murky production that’s a vast improvement on the impressive 2014 An Oath of Blood and Fire demo…Abiding by ‘the principles of disgust, hatred, and anxiety as strict tenets of the Vrasubatlat philosophy,’ this is just colossal. An album to savor, all-consuming in its heft and utterly destructive in its propulsion, Triumvir Foul’s depravity knows no bounds. Be prepared. An outstanding piece of work from a band to keep an eye on – if only to make sure they’re not going to turn on you” – TheMidlandsRocks.com [8/10 rating]
“I was listening to Triumvir Foul, this nightmareishly black, black death group from Portland, yesterday and I remembered how I learned about them. This is all true…It was at a bar, I think, and I was with my large group of friends and they were all telling me how intelligent I am, like usual. We were all drunk, but functional, having a good time and stuff—I think Chris was outside explaining how simulated sex works in movies to this girl I like; everyone else was inside, though. Then this walking interruption of a dude who was wearing a black vest with a bunch of unreadable patches on it juddered up to me and said I needed to google this Portland label ‘Vrasubatlat’ to stay cool. My friends wouldn’t love me so much if I didn’t stay so cool. There are people who actually think that way. So I googled ‘Vrasubatlat’ and tried to not wake up my girlfriend who was in bed next to me…The guy had kind of horse-like hair all over and was wearing these little digital watch rings like the ones I got back in kindergarten at Izzy’s. He said that if I don’t listen to Triumvir Foul in particular, he’d play with my girlfriend’s big jangly boobs and I’d hear his rings clink on them. That got me angry, and I looked to the bartender to see if he was the type who’d get mad if there was a fight, but I couldn’t see him, just this blue and pink neon blur that looked like it had been rubbed onto the bottom shelf off someone’s palm. I tried to look for the exact source of the light by leaning across the bar, but I just saw a rug that the rest of the city was on. The guy told me that I lean unsafely, which isn’t true since there was moon gravity, and reminded me that I’m wasting time and need to listen to Triumvir Foul. I hadn’t heard of them before this. Then I remembered that my girlfriend was actually my sister…I asked him what to expect from Triumvir Foul. He said verbatim: ‘Triumvir Foul will make you feel that. Foggy, chaotic, RAW, warm then cold then warm, stylish black death. The kind of stuff insanity spurts out from.’ Verbatim. Then he reminded me that I don’t have a sister. I looked to the girl I’d been with, and no one was there. My large group of friends had left too. So had the bar; we were in a forest at night by a waterfall. I turned to look back at the guy. He was still there drinking a Modelo on his stool like we were still in Portland. It looked like his teeth were a marching band, and he was actually the Vsauce guy, and he started kissing me on the lips. I told him I’m not into that and he turned back into the vest guy and said ‘Triumvir Foul is real. Triumvir Foul is this. This is Triumvir Foul. Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul. Triumvir Foul…’ and so on until I woke up…Weird thing is, I remembered Triumvir Foul, and I had that dream like two years ago. This album just came out. This is all true. They’re a very real band. They’re also very good. Think a stripped-down, more brooding PSEUDOGOD meets TEITANBLOOD kinda” – Metalstorm.net [8/10 rating]
“Now a trio, Triumvir Foul have re-emerged from the depths depraved and foaming at the mouth…Pulling the listener in with a wide-eyed, snarling oration, Triumvir Foul spews forth a slow-flowing river of doomed, noisy sewage. The tension carried in this unwinding is palpable – the trio slithering and winding – but able to explode at any moment…which they do. In its fruition, the unveiling of Trumvir Foul’s true, final form is awe inspiring and terrifying – the sound of teeth ripping flesh and clattering of bones translated into its pure, musical essence. Old-school death metal has never sounded so fresh” – InvisibleOranges.com
“Disgust, horror, and violence are all well-worn paths in extreme music. When artists elect to channel filth and misanthropy, the results often elicit yawns at worst, or mild interest at best. Every now and then, an album or group actually hits the mark somewhere between sickening and memorable, and it’s the most rewarding kind of ugly. Triumvir Foul’s self-titled LP is exactly that. The members’ pedigrees have been discussed enough elsewhere, and to be honest, they have little bearing on the direction taken with Triumvir Foul’s otherworldly lows. Much like the cross-dimensional torture of the Cenobites in the Hellraiser movies, Triumvir Foul is an album that seems conjured from another plane for no purpose other than to celebrate all that is painful and deviant…From the stark cover art by Timo Ketola and the ghastly logo by Samu Salovaara to the song titles themselves, every detail of Triumvir Foul is laid out in a fashion that warns would-be listeners before a single note has been played. While sonic brethren may be easy to find for this kind of self-cannibalizing blackened death metal, there’s something uniquely horrifying here. Triumvir Foul’s initial EP, An Oath of Blood and Fire, didn’t have such a grotesque approach with its throwback death metal aggression. What changed? It’s hard to say. The core lineup remains the same, yet there’s an urgency and murk that weren’t present before, blanketing an already hideous take on death metal with an extra helping of stomach-churning misery. Guitars are layered deeper than ever before, while the vocals feel more confident and prominent, as if truly coming from beyond some hideous veil. Playing at concepts of darkness is easy, yet Triumvir Foul shows their ferocity in a way that is convincing without the masquerading that many other bands must utilize to convey such mental imagery…From the droning chords of opener ‘Labyrinthine – The Blood Serpent Unwinds,’ a grisly tone is set, but it’s in a way that is equally monolithic and concise. Save for the first track, which includes a lengthy introduction, none of the songs on Triumvir Foul stretch more than a moment past the five-minute mark. Many bands shooting for such towering evil tend to utilize extended song length to overwhelm the listener, yet this can lead to a rather monotonous or exhausting listen. The brevity of these songs allows them to make their mark without sitting still for too long. Instead, the listener is left to wonder which curve will come next, adding to the unease that makes this album so effective. Triumvir Foul’s take on subterranean death metal may not be an entirely new approach, but it’s some of the most well-composed and focused stuff to be released in quite a while…keep your eyes open for one of the most unforgiving analog experiences in the very near future” – Blackmetalandbrews.com
“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…A dank, suffocating atmosphere envelopes the listener right from the start of the journey, as one is left in the hands of Triumvir Foul right from the opening moments of ‘Labyrinthine – The Blood Serpent Unwinds.’ As the band slowly unveils their style of black/death metal, all the cues to bands that got me into this unforgiving, barbaric style of extreme metal are immediately clear. That cavernous sound that the band adopts on Triumvir Foul is easily reminiscent of the works of GRAVE MIASMA and the Russian horde PSEUDOGOD and their excellent debut, especially in the way the instrumentations are mixed, the spacey ambient, and the echoey vocals of Ad Infinitum…The songs themselves are equally superb, as the writing and the style bearing stark resemblance to the works of TEITANBLOOD, ANTEDILUVIAN, BESTIAL RAIDS, and the likes. The slight war metal moments that rear their ugly head throughout the album also reminds one of the works of Ross Bay Cult forefathers CONQUEROR, with the strong emphasis on the riffing and the tinge of chaos that the lead guitars provide…After encountering countless BLASPHEMY, CONQUEROR, [insert Ross Bay Cult band here] clones, Triumvir Foul breathes some fresh air into this oversaturated genre and style. Listening to Triumvir Foul brings back that excitement that I felt when first encountering bands like HERESIARCH and Pseudogod, leaving me with that insatiable hunger for more black/death metal violence once more” – Heavymetaltribune.com
“Pure, real, ancient death metal. It doesn’t get much better than this. I had heard the name of Triumvir Foul thrown around a bit online, but nothing really prepared me for the sheer amazing that came out of the speakers! This is death metal with depth, breadth, and face-smashing heaviness. They achieve audio violence not through relentless blasting, or simplistic slam riffs, or abrasive tones. No, they do it the old-fashioned way, the way we have always wanted this music of ours to be played, with songs and musicianship and thought. It’s quite dark, as dark or darker than old INCANTATION or DEAD CONGREGATION and bands of that style. However, I was surprised at one of the other comparisons I drew – CATALEPSY (CA), the one from the old Heralds of Oblivion compilation CD. This is not a bad thing. That comp is one of my all-time favorites, and I love every band on it (especially DEMOLITION!). CATALEPSY was a solid band. I’m not sure if it’s guitar tones or writing or what, but that’s the one band that came to mind. The comparison is only fleeting, though, because what Triumvir Foul do is much more dynamic. I love that this is well-recorded but not over-produced, as well. It’s a very human recording – clear and well done, but with just the right amount of fuzz and dirt to keep my interest. I am grateful to have heard this, as I believe it will be considered at least a minor classic in the years to come. I have been made a fan” – Twenty Red Nails webzine
“A real switcheroo band, Triumvir Foul is essentially the offshoot project of two dudes (Cedentibus and Ad Infinitum) from scathing BM merchants ASH BORER. As the side-project world dictates, it’s usually someone looking to scratch some kind of itch and get away from his or her bandmates, but apparently, this duo enjoys their own company enough to form a band that is decidedly different than their main outfit. (Lest we forget the involvement of Absque, who rounds out the lineup.)…The band’s self-titled debut explores the now very-common world of subterranean, murky death metal. Whereas ASH BORER (last time we’ll cross-reference the two) explore their own somewhat vast and epic terrain, Triumvir Foul resides largely in the barren, desolate sphere of anti-melody, anti-structure, and anti-everything else that traditional death metal would be embody. Lurking somewhere beneath the mass of swollen guitars are chunky, surging riffs, occasionally glued together with manic solos (see: ‘Banished to Silence and Slavery’) and forceful sludge plunges, which can be found on ‘Hedonistic Prayer – The Abhorrent.’ It’s not all trudging through the mire: The diabolical blasting found on ‘Endless Spiritual Violence’ finds the band at their most off-the-rails, particularly when the song checks in with an AUTOPSY-like rumble…In some ways, Triumvir Foul have hitched their wagon to a very long train – there’s no shortage of abyssal death and/or extreme metal bands. You’d think the distinctive elements found in ASH BORER (sorry – another cross-reference) would creep into this band, but ‘tis largely not the case. The elements, the weariness, and utter bleakness is all here. Triumvir Foul just needs to let it go off the rails like they do in the other band. Imagine the quirkiness” – DeadRhetoric.com
“Triumvir Foul’s first release, An Oath of Blood and Fire, was a blistering taste of the band’s old-school death metal, and on this full-length, they expand upon this early filthy promise…It’s cold, it’s evil, and it’s fucking dark; it’s Triumvir Foul. One of the things I enjoy about this band is the aura of malignant darkness that they produce so well. They just seem to bleed malevolence and grim atmosphere. There’s no gimmicks; it’s just filthy, evil, old-school death metal that’s positively rabid in its hunger for your soul…For a band like this, it would be too easy to just stick to the slow tempos and let the morbid atmospheres do the work, but thankfully, they don’t take the easy route; they throw in some higher-speed parts and some blastbeats and yet still, amazingly, manage to sound nasty and sinister…This is some top-quality work from Triumvir Foul. Such a murky, corrupt sound should always be praised, and Triumvir Foul have some damn good songs to go along with the vile atmospheres too…Very highly recommended” – Wonderbox Metal webzine
“Triumvir Foul is pure metal, but it’s not blazing fast like MEGADETH. It’s not oddly unfocused like ELECTRIC WIZARD. It’s reckless. It’s primal. It’s even feral…The guitars are more guttural than standard death metal vocals. They make rusty farm equipment sound smooth…Feedback bookends everything. From the intros, to the solos, to the outros, the feedback is ever present and feels like an old friend – as does the static…The songs on their debut album breath and gasp for air. The music is so thick, it suffocates the air in the room. It’s ghastly…Frantic solos. Oddly ethereal vocals. Drums that sound like a car in need of a tuneup. These things could add up to a poor and out-of-touch album, but these are what make Triumvir Foul’s first effort such a unique piece of music…Unlike other artistic metal albums, it never sounds like anything other than a collection of songs, but it’s more” – Glacially Musical webzine
“Triumvir Foul have created just under three quarters of maddening, decrepit, polluted and rambunctious death metal with morbid, vile, and corrupted lyrics about hedonism and depravity from an esoteric and occult standpoint…The music has a lot in common with TEITANBLOOD, both in expression and dissonant sound. Triumvir Foul should appeal to fans of the abominable Spaniards, but the Americans are generally not quite as frenetic…The pace is in upper mid-tempo, and the music has a semi-monotonous character that creates a kind of hypnotic groove. Subtle melodies, howling solo guitars, a resounding sound, and some evocative sequences, such as the first minute of ‘Hedonistic Prayer’ serves the album well…I can, as I have said before, control my enthusiasm for the most brutal and gore-infested death metal and grindcore, as well as the most discordant extreme metal. Triumvir Foul is a matter of taste. For my part, it falls to my liking after X number of rounds of listening…It’s still tough as Hell. Are you, like me, a little bit tentative and indecisive toward to the most atonal extremity, know that this is not at all hard to enjoy when it has been given the chance to grown for a while” – Gorger.org
“A slight change in direction from the Swedeath-sounding An Oath of Blood and Fire demo. Their second release channels a bit of ancient death metal to their style, and on this record, Triumvir Foul play it fitting tribute with filthy, gritty, no-holds-barred brutality from first note to last…Triumvir Foul is made up of the same duo that comprises black metal stalwarts ASH BORER. On Triumvir Foul, they explore death metal, refraining from playing two disparate styles as their first incarnation, in order to play music closer to each band’s purpose of being…Armed with a new strategem, a new band member, and less importantly, a new logo, Triumvir Foul don’t mix the two styles into a paradigm of blackened death metal parody, as the subgenre has seen a great deal of popularity as of late. Instead, they leave ASH BORER comparisons to those who can’t tell one style from another, being clear that they seek to exorcise their death metal leanings as Triumvir Foul, and for that matter, keep the vaunted black metal discography of ASH BORER’s free from such experimentation…On Triumvir Foul’s demo, An Oath of Blood and Fire, the duo plays a more stripped-down style. With the guitar closely sounding like that of Swedish buzzsaw tradition, Triumvir Foul’s demo sounded simpler by comparison. On their LP, they blast more often, shredding, double-kick drumming, and playing some slight homage to blackened death metal on nine tracks of pristine darkness. The guitars feedback and wail with greater tendency, the production rendering the dense wall of sound some harrowing quality, some great inclination to drive the side-project greater relevancy in the death metal scene today…Indeed, Triumvir Foul’s demo lacked that sense of urgency, that maniacal drive to produce albums of such quality as ASH BORER is known by. On their self-titled LP, the band mixes it perfectly for vinyl format. The production qualities used for the instruments lend them a bit of ash and dust, gritty, noisy, and obscure like death metal albums of the early ‘90s…The songs don’t last too long. The first track, ‘Labyrinthine – The Blood Serpent Unwinds,’ closes at nearly eight minutes in length and does a splendid job of transitioning from the intro to the actual sermon. It establishes the smoky, dusty atmosphere of music long-gone, exhumed at the risk of inducing the Armageddon. Death metal like this might be easier to come by these days, what with ancient death metal having seen a resurgence, but death metal this good isn’t quite as proliferate as many may think. It is of special note to audiences around the world who might have balked at An Oath of Blood and Fire that Triumvir Foul have released something far more menacing, something better than what you or I could have anticipated based on popular opinion surrounding their debut. Less hyped and back with a vengeance, Triumvir Foul knock on the doors of death metal elitism here…Most of the songs last about four minutes or less, and although the song arrangements have seen a touch of complexity, a great disparity between this and that of their demo won’t be too greatly felt. It is in style and execution that much can be said about what Triumvir Foul has replaced or improved immensely from their demo. Their follow-up album thereby receives a good commendation from me. What Triumvir Foul started with has quickly reached closer to the pinnacle of death metal perfection, an album that makes strides greater than first perception will allow, so yes, listen to this a few more times before thinking that Triumvir Foul seek to give audiences the run-around” – CVLTNation.com
“It’s been the latest rage in metal to milk dry the teat of Lovecraft. Bands from all over the world regaling the twisted horrors of Chtullu, et al, has been done to death. Often times, this theme doesn’t get past the gruesome cover art or the oddly place apostrophe in the band’s name. Triumvir Foul, however, execute the whole Lovecraftian horror thing perfectly. In spite of this, Triumvir Foul has nothing to do with any of that nonsense…What is meant by this is that Triumvir Foul play a cavernous, dark, and decrepit form a heinous death metal. Now that’s a lot of adjectives, but Triumvir Foul calls for it. From the opening moments of ‘Labyrinthine – The Blood Serpent Unwinds,’ the band asserts itself with a snarling and putrid doom-laden track to set the tone. The rest of the album is much more ferocious in nature: the soundtrack to wandering through a ruinous and menacing tomb…Once again, there is a lot of superfluous wordplay going on here, but the take away is that Triumvir Foul is a behemoth of a death metal record. There’s an overwhelming amount of tasty and chunky riffs that push the album forward to its dramatic conclusion, which makes the relatively derivative album worth it. It isn’t anything you haven’t heard already (this year, even), but it still feels great. Few death acts are able to perfectly blend the tried and true dark influences into such a believable sulphur-y void, but Triumvir Foul absolutely nail it” – SputnikMusic.com
“Fucking rules. Featuring two members of ASH BORER, this trio are about to deal out a nine-part offering of savage death metal which does not subside during its 41-minute course of wreckage. Ominous vocals adorned with just enough reverb take you directly to the chamber where you’ll likely depart the mortal plane. The drumming is relentless yet varied enough to maintain interest throughout, while the guitars are a correspondingly rigorous affront to the uninitiated. Sparse patches of chaotic atonal leads are employed and clearly designated not to take the limelight off the consolidated overall sound, but rather add yet another layer of menace to the already malevolent picture. Triumvir Foul have managed to also incorporate some of the groove found in only the finest OSDM, not the pleasant ‘bouncy’ kind, the infectiously malignant kind that will not cease until you are rotting alive” – ToiletOvHell.com
“So, what do you get when the drummer and vocalist of ASH BORER come together with another and create a new trinity of metallic blasphemy? It’s called Triumvir Foul, and it’s some of the nastiest, slowest-creeping death metal this side of WOMB. And then this hydra will show another head, and the blast-beast and grindcore elements shine, and let’s not forget the third and four head of crust/punk and raw black metal. There is nothing safe or friendly about this band, and that is just the way they want it. It’s ugly, noisy, hateful, and without remorse, but is that not just the way you want your extreme metal to be? For one, I will be listening to this album for many weeks to come. There is something very catchy about the complete venomous sound of this band. This about band taking all the over-the-top elements of what makes death, grindcore, and black metal such cult music and making it all their own. The vocals are direct from a pit in the lower levels of the abyss, and without those, the album would be missing so very much. Triumvir Foul, you have collected another fan today” – Absolute Zero Media webzine
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