I Am The Trieme – Gnosis: Never Follow The Light (2015) – Philadelphia’s I Am The Trieme mix melodic death metal and black metal together in quite the same way that we think of when we hear Dissection. But this isn’t quite Storm Of The Lights Bane and it comes packed with a bit more modernisms than we’d expect. Yet that’s not a bad thing, as it allows the album to sound both raw and fresh at the same time.
I can almost discern the harsh vocals amidst the tremolos and the frantic blast beats, which do slow down to add unexpected tribal patterns in “Basking In The Essence Of My Sorrow 5:15” and slower paced hits for more melancholy numbers like “Ascending Into Oblivion 10:36” which is definitely one of the album’s killer cuts. The vocal approach is rather unconventional, even though it does feel very “black metal” in nature, even though I fear some kvltists will look the other way completely. While “Trusty Noose 6:27” didn’t work for me at all, and the first set of clean backing vocals featured in “Metre Fin A Cette 7:32” sounded utterly horrendous, the album does seem to get considerably better as it goes on and does manage to offer a strong American mix of what is arguably more black metal than it is melodic death metal.
Musically, it’s quite strong and features the best of both worlds, so I don’t really feel that there will be too many upset listeners with this one. Gnosis: Never Follow The Light sounds like one of those records that you might get from a guy who says he’s in a band while you’re at a show. People do that sort of thing all the time and prove that local acts can be hit or miss, as with anything. But if you’re that guy who went to a 1349 show in Philadelphia and happened to get a hold of this record completely out of pocket, then I feel you’re going to be very pleased with the effort.
Obviously these gentlemen have worked very hard to create what is a very solid and potent approach in the genre, which will only get better with time. They seem to jump into doom moments at times as well, which only serves to richen the overwhelming despair that lurks within this recording. At least these guys sound like they’re truly committed to the work here, with compositions that sound like more thought went into them than a lot of black metal releases this day where you’ll hear the same damn set of tremolo riffs on two different records from two different bands in two different countries.
The very fact that these guys felt the need to put a little heartfelt solo piece at the very end of the album also speaks to me, showing that they only wanted to make a good album instead of following a trend. There’s definitely a lot of things that they like on here like the classic black metal approach of the nineties, modern melodic death metal and torrents of depressing doom.
Altogether it makes something that seems truly unique and adds a new shade of paint to an already paved style. These guys are brimming with potential and I hope to see more of it in the future. I’m equally certain that they’ll deliver as well. So once again, if you’re that guy in Philadelphia that got an advance copy of this record at a show, be thankful! There are far worse acts out there than these guys and this disc is truly worth mentioning above most of them. Definitely give it a spin.
(9 Tracks, 61:00)