Rating:
7.0
Godless Rising - Trumpet Of Triumph
25 May 2010


01. Where Is Your God
02. Ungodly Incantations
03. Damnation Of Angelic Souls
04. Devour The Cross
05. An Eternity In Hell
06. Christ Cadaver
07. Through The Flames Of Rage
08. Trumpets Of Triumph
09. We Are Legion
10. Dante's Inferno (Burn The Flock)
11. Warlords Of Darkness


Godless Rising are out with their third album, Trumpet Of Triumph, which is a pretty diverse album. They present themselves as an obscure, evil Death metal band with their fired-up, aggressive sixsixsix-logo and lyrical themes revolving around anti-christianity, war and Mr. S (also known as the great s8n). You'd expect a Teitanblood-esque album, something evil enough to make you shit your pants in your and seek refuge in Norah Jones' lullabies for the rest of your life. Incorrect.

Not that there isn't plenty of mashed up Death/Black violence, but there's also a truckload of melody to be found on Trumpet Of Triumph. Trumpet of Triumph is packed with fast solos, quicksilver melodic stings, and bridges and counter passages to dissonance. And with that, comes a lot of accessibility. And that, as retarded as it may sound, is not what I want in my Christraping S8N-worship Metal. (Yes, that's an official genre.) ToT's biggest problem however lies not in the overkill of melody, but in the weakness of the vocals. Too often the vocalist retreats in supposedly kult rasps, which simply sound too weak to impress. Too bad, because he does possess a good growl. His defence will be the variety-card. Not a bad idea, but you have to have mastered the various styles you wish to use for that to work.

In short, Godless Rising's Trumpet Of Triumph is a short burst of well-composed and well-written melodic violence. In my personal opinion, it could have been a lot more evil and dissonant then it is now, but I fully realize that I'm no member of the band and I'm just one of the six billion people inhabiting this world. Many, many people of extreme metal will be able to enjoy this, they might even break into the Arch Enemy crowd with a bit of luck and one or two compromises.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 5
Production: 7


 



Written on 27.06.2010 by
Lucas
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Derwood - 28.06.2010 at 05:24  
I'm disappointed to hear the vocals are weak. After all, it's Jeff Gruslin, the guy who provided the vocals on Vital Remains' first two albums. I don't mind melody in my death metal, so I'll be checking this one out when I come across it.
midland_don - 28.06.2010 at 13:41  
The title "Trumpet of Triumph" just made me giggle. Sorry, i'm obviously a tad childish...
Ag Fox - 29.06.2010 at 20:39  
Sounds kind of interesting

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