|Review: Apotheosys - The Fall and the Triumph|
|The Fall and the Triumph|
Label: Profane Records
Year released: 2005
Review online: February 22, 2006
Reviewed by: Chaossphere
for:The Fall and the Triumph
Taken from Dictionary.com:
apotheosis \uh-pah-thee-OH-sis; ap-uh-THEE-uh-sis\, noun;
A more appropriate name for this band would be hard to find. 'The Fall And The Triumph' presents 29 minutes of some of the most brilliant blackened death metal I've heard for a long, long time. Taking certain sonic cues from Belphegor, Angel Corpse and even Marduk (if only for the brilliant bass presence), these Southern boys have created an album which is simultaneously classy and vicious as fuck. A thick, oppressive production job wraps their storming metallic power in an iron fist of war and proceeds to ram it down your throat. This is a perfect blend of raw brutality and epic grandeur, never dwelling on any one riff for too long, but never becoming excessively technical either. This band's ability to balance sheer velocity with a sense of the epic is downright stunning.
Rampant blastbeats collide with insane tapping tremolo riffs and brilliant clean bass work, with epic keyboard symphonies bookending the metal component. These pieces ("The Fall" and "The Triumph") take up more than 1/3 of the album's total playing time, but they're so utterly brilliant you hardly notice. Usually an 11 minute keyboard outro on a metal album amounts to an exercise in sheer boredom, but this thing could be used as a soundtrack to some epic battle scene in a high-budget fantasy movie and no one would bat an eyelid. It's really that good.
Considering this material was recorded in late 2002 (just not released until last year), I can only begin to imagine how much further this band has pushed its unique sound since then. Hopefully it won't take another 3 years until they unleash a second maelstrom upon us, because by all accounts, the newer material is even more spine-crushingly brutal and brilliant. Until then, pick this up and prepare for total fucking war.
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