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Review: Triumphator - Wings of Antichrist
Wings of Antichrist

Label: Shadow Records
Year released: 2018
Originally released in: 1999
Duration: 43:53
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 19, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Wings of Antichrist

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)

I remember seeing lots of Necropolis Records ads for this album in the metal press back in 1999/2000. That was before I got into black and death metal and, based on the ad alone, it just felt too extreme for me to check it out at the time. Nowadays, this is the kind of stuff I listen to on a regular basis. Times have certainly changed. I was surprised to see that this is Triumphator's only full-length album and apparently last release. It is now getting the re-release treatment with one bonus track.

Wings of Antichrist is very much of the vein of the heavy, raw and blazingly-fast black metal that swept the Scandinavian countries in the second half of the 90s, a sound that has never died down and is still going strong to this day, played by bands all over the world. I don't remember the exact text of the ads, but it certainly delivers what was promised. Triumphator have something that many bands playing the genre forgot: atmosphere. It's not just a barrage of sound with a clinical vibe; the atmosphere here spits evil left and right and some little bits here and there could scare the crap out of the uninitiated, and then some. The vocals are downright demented and are such a perfect match for the rawness of the music, it's like a match made in hell. I just can't stop listening to this album and only regret not checking it out earlier.

I don't know why Triumphator didn't release anything after this (at least according to their discography on Metal-Archives). Apparently, the album was overlooked at the time of its release, probably lost in the crowd. That's a damn shame. Hopefully this re-release will give it its due exposure this time around.

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