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Review: Tristwood - The Delphic Doctrine
The Delphic Doctrine

Label: Sound Riot Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 43:09
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 27, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Delphic Doctrine

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

I am deeply suspicious of any attempt to add 'industrial' or 'electronic' sounds to extreme metal. After all, behold the awful abortion that is The Berzerker, and the awful, awful Atrophia Red Sun. Yet here a band comes along and proves that anything can be done well, that it is, indeed, all about the execution. Tristwood are a never-heard-of-them band from Austria, and despite the fact that their sophomore effort is experimental in a direction I am not fond of, it absolutely kills.

The formula here is pretty simple, yet fresh. Tristwood are about 75% Behemoth's Demigod and 25% KMFDM's Nihil, if you think that sounds weird, well, it does, but it is also cool. The cool thing is that Tristwood not only play fast and technical, but they also slow down for some ultra-heavy riffing. The Techno sounds are used to accent the music, not carry it. This is not 'industrial', industrial is slow, plodding, and repetitious, while The Delphic Doctrine is none of these things. There is enough variety, dynamic, and aggression to satisfy the pickiest extreme metal fan, but there is also some melodic flair, and a good dose of catchiness going on, if music this chaotic and furious can be said to be catchy.

Reading the promo copy, I was highly skeptical of this disc, but by track two I was a convert. Tristwood do commit the sin of having an overlong 'intro' and 'outro' track, which every single metal band on earth is doing nowadays and I wish they would all knock the fuck off, but aside from that quibble, The Delphic Doctrine is a seething slab of black, mechanized hatred. Recommended.

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