Triumvirate
From Beyond the Grave


3.6
great

Review

by Dewinged STAFF
March 11th, 2021 | 19 replies


Release Date: 01/05/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Colorado young man found shredding guitars to splinters in local shop.

Chris Shoeman is a humble 18-year-old guitar shredder based in Colorado who has recently managed to make it through to the other side of that teenage purgatory commonly known as "high school". But here’s the interesting part, he has done it in style, with a killer album under his belt. It's hard to believe, but Triumvirate is a one-man army already riding on the wings of a third full length. When From Beyond the Grave found its way to my library during the first days of January while I was scratching the bottom of the barrel of early year releases, the last thing I was expecting was this unannounced and unforgiving thunderstorm of a record.

"Anthropocene" fooled me right from the start, whipping my skepticism with an impressive catalogue of riffs, to the point I had to confirm several times that I wasn't listening to a band of the same name. Chapeau! You got me, Shoeman!

"Visions Under a Full Moon" was an instant favorite, thanks to that extremely vicious riff/chorus moment dropping at the two-minute mark that is honestly the stuff of legends. Same goes for the initial galloping of "Death of a Falling Empire" where Shoeman also replicates the bone-chilling growls of Bolt thrower's Karl Willetts like he is possessing the man himself.

From Beyond The Grave is an explosive cocktail of extreme metal styles, where black metal meets thrash metal, mutates into groove metal and dies as a true death metal hybrid. The title track showcases all these influences, executed by Shoeman's inhuman wrist. He is not playing those riffs, he is perforating them into his instrument.

Although some tracks are harder to mine than others, there's always a little ingot of gold to be found even in the weaker tracks of Triumvirate's latest. The crushing tempo of "Spikes Driven Deep" and the disconcerting chant in "Department Offense" might not be exactly gold in my book, maybe silver, and some other tracks like "And Darkness Draws Near" feel like a great riff idea that doesn't reach the same level of completion than some of the ammunition loaded on the first half, but they do point out to a promising future if the man can keep the riff factory steaming in the years to come.

The aptly titled "End of the Line" closes the album with the only section that includes clean vocals, which may be a sign that Shoeman might not feel comfortable yet in this field, although his ability as a chorus writer definitely indicates some untapped potential.

A solid metal all-star record for all those looking for material that bounces on different sub-styles with remarkable skill and firm resolve. Chris Shoeman's Triumvirate is only one of several projects set in motion in 2021, so be sure to keep this young axe man on the radar before he grows bigger, stronger and powerful enough to destroy us all.




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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2021


24224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Another draft from January that I never finished, not too happy with this one but get on it if you are short of m/m/m/



Buy/Support: https://triumviratemetal.bandcamp.com/album/from-beyond-the-grave

Digging: Zao - The Crimson Corridor

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2021


13964 Comments


Didn't realize this guy was/is so young.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2021


24224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

I found the band's page on FB and that's how I came to know it. Man, when I think the shit I was doing at his age lol

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2021


15912 Comments


Sounds like a solid jam, gotta check.

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2021


12212 Comments


That band name brought the German '70s prog band Triumvirat to my mind, and that can only be a good thing.

normaloctagon
March 11th 2021


5129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just checked the 2020 release to give myself some context before diving in. oodles of fun



so far, this is also oodles of fun

RadioSuicide
March 11th 2021


1806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this whole thing fucking grooves

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2021


24224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Introduction to Riffology, a case in study.

ian b
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


1943 Comments


wow at his age i was applying for contrib at sputnik, the only thing that's changed is that this year they gave up and let me on ! : D

Digging: Meat Computer and KirbLaGoop - Goop Computer

ian b
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


1943 Comments


idk if i would dig this bc i grew out of my shred phase like 6 months after i got my first 7 string when i was like 14

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2021


24224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Goddamn, the youth these days.

WatchItExplode
March 12th 2021


8647 Comments


Riffs? There's been a shortage of riffs in my life lately. Maybe this can be a remedy.

Digging: The Best of the Worst - Better Medicine

zaruyache
March 13th 2021


23768 Comments


sounds NEAT so far. drum machine(?) also sounds like not garbage, which is always a plus of one-man bandcamp projs.

Essence
March 13th 2021


6465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is an accurate rating for this. some cool stuff, some boring stuff. didn't know they were so young though, pretty impressive!

Digging: Kauan - Ice Fleet

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2021


24224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

It's one dude, Essence.



Zaru, I don't know if the drums are programmed, I guess they are, but they sound pretty decent.

Essence
March 14th 2021


6465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they can refer to a single person!

zaruyache
March 14th 2021


23768 Comments


gender neutral pronoun gang gang!

Chambered79
March 14th 2021


766 Comments


They is plural

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2021


24224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Great thread



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