DVD review TRIPTYKON With The METROPOLE ORKEST ‘Requiem (Live at Roadburn)’

This release is special and different in many ways. Already the fact that the show begins by opening a theater-like curtain is more of an unusual thing at 013 in Tilburg. It gives the right framing though for a show that was unique and special.

Triptykon, together with the Metropole Orkest, performed ‘Requiem’ in its entirety at Roadburn festival in Tilburg last year. As usual, the festival was sold out and now it’s the band plus Century Media that allow fans worldwide to enjoy a concert that shows the perfect synergy of metal and classic.

Within a few months Tom G. Warrior presents the full range of his music achievements. On the one hand there was the re-release of the genre defining Hellhammer album ‘Apocalyptic Raid’, presenting all the rawness and unleashed blackened power. Now it’s ‘Requiem’ that presents in a great fashion a much more nuanced side of the iconic musician. And although being different, almost not comparable, the two releases have a darkness and melcholia in common, that is a defining element for Celtic Frost, Triptykon and Hellhammer.

‘Requiem’ is the glorious finalization of a trilogy that began in 1987 with ‘Into the Pandemonium’. ‘Rex Irae (Requiem: Overture)’ is part of the tracklist of this milestone release and also the first chapter of this show. The curtain opens and unveils a view on an impressive scenery with orchestra and conductor, Jukka Isakkila, being in the center. Also pretty central is the position of Hannes Grossmann, Triptykon’s new drummer who has his first album appearance on ‘Requiem’. Since the rhythm is a quite important element during these 46 minutes spectacle, the camera puts him in focus more than once, presenting a hard-hitting drummer with a great sense for calmer hits too. Furthermore, as on the studio album, the songs lives by the vocal-duel of Warrior and the clean vocals of singer Safa Heraghi. These two voice harmonize greatly and act is poles of suspense.

After having released ‘Rex Irae (Requiem, Chapter One: Overture)’ in the late’80s, work on ‘Requiem’ paused until the final chapter was unveiled19 years later on ‘Monotheist’. What was missing though was the middle part, a gap that’s closed now in an impressive way.
Inspired by the support of Roadburn festival founder Walter Hoeijmakers, Tom G. Warrior began to work on ‘Grave Eternal in 2018. 16 years after having released ‘Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)’ the completion of the trilogy became more than an illusion. It became reality.

‘Grave Eternal (Requiem, Chapter Two: Transition)’ is a massive middle piece and with nearly 33 minutes a musical treat. Basically it has nothing to do with metal. The orchestra plays an important role, supported by a choir that adds a next dimension to the mix. Band members play an important role too, but are also more a part of the greater whole. There are moments when Vanja Slajh’s booming bass gets to forefront. Also V. Santura has some solo parts, partly embedded in soundscapes reminding of the mighty Pink Floyd. And there is Tom G. Warrior, positioned on one side of the stage, being of course an active part too and sometimes it seems like that he’s just enjoying the musicians performing, no, celebrating his musical masterpiece.

As said, ‘Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)’ has basically nothing to do with metal and is still so relevant for the metal scene. It shows in perfection how creativity can be used to challenge and open-up existing frames without losing its own core. Filmed with various cameras, this release transports music and spirit of a unique concert right into your living room. It’s jaw-dropping music and you can see it with fan reactions. Instead of being a wild crowd, rapt fans fill the sold-out big hall at 013 and it was enthusiastic, but also respectful cheering that rewarded Warrior, Triptykon and everybody involved for all the effort put into this project. Impressive.

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Rex Irae (Requiem, Chapter One: Overture)
  2. Grave Eternal (Requiem, Chapter Two: Transition)
  3. Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)

Label: Century Media

Genre: Avantgarde Metal

Release Date EU: May 15th, 2020

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