TYPHON
Unholy Trilogy
(Green Revolution Productions)
61:30min

“Unholy Trilogy” is the only album put out by the Colombian Black Metal band TYPHON, led by the late Mauricio “Bullmetal” Montoya, former drummer of MASACRE, AGRESSOR and other bands. Alejandro “Starkey” Restrepo (ex – ANTAGON) on guitars, Alexander “Barzuth” Arroyave (ex – AGRESSOR) on vocals and Luis Guillermo Ramírez (ANTAGON) on session bass completed the line-up. Since the beginning the band was surrounded by both, myth and controversy. But eventually and after lots of problems, they delivered a collection of 12 songs (and a cover version of KISS’s ‘War Machine’) that stood the test of time. Their style is raw and very organic and the band managed to come up with great song structuring and a lot of eerie and “evil” riffs. They dwell in mid / fast tempo but never reaching the speed of the typical Scandinavian Black Metal. All the South American characteristics are there, meaning the overall atmosphere is threatening and wild. This album has always been surrounded by darkness. “Unholy Trilogy” would’ve welcomed a better sound and mix. The production lacks certain things that could’ve made this album an absolute classic. Bull Metal’s performance is solid, altering his beats slightly from one another. His breaks are not overly technical, but are placed in the right spot. Overall he knows exactly how to accent the better parts of each song. The drum sound is a little dull, specially the kick drum. On the other hand, Luis’ bass guitar is very present and round. This aids the kick drum to support the mix and the not so outstanding guitar tone, although Starkey’s riff are really good and they even incorporated some blues bits here and there. There are 4 bonus tracks included and they have a good overall sound even for a rehearsal recording. Since they were recorded before “Unholy Trilogy”, you can track some of the evolution they went through up to the point of the album release. All in all, TYPHON’s “Unholy Trilogy” is a testament to the 1990s Black Metal cult in Colombia. This version from Green Revolution Productions is simply amazing. Limited to 300 copies, the CD comes housed in an A5 slipcase digipak with lyric booklet, a sticker, a post card, a double A5 poster and as a huge bonus, a zine including facts about TYPHON’s formation, some of Colombia’s underground history and detailed info about Mauricio “Bull Metal” Montoya up to the point of his sad passing by suicide. There is also a deluxe edition that also includes a patch, a button and a flag. Info on the band can be found at www.facebook.com/typhoncolombia and you can get this release from www.greenrevolutionprod.com

Alfonso Perez

Alfonso Perez

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