Coming from a band that describes themselves as “schizophrenic black metal” that is exactly what you should be expecting, and that is exactly what Illness gives you. Trvmna is five songs of scalding black metal to the extreme. The style of black metal that Illness plays is suffocating and there is no room to breathe between the shovel loads of dirt that are ladled upon your casket. When done right black metal is already horrifying, but Illness try to push that envelope and become that monster that lurks in the shadows and stares you in the face whenever you close your eyes.
Save for brief nightmare inducing intros and samples used throughout the release, Trvmna (meaning coffin) is a searing piece of black metal. The schizophrenic aspect of the music jumps out at you immediately as the songs are blasting bomb shells and yet Illness tends to not always stick to the typical black metal formula all the time.
The aforementioned samples that are used throughout further supplement the bands cross burning onslaught. Not only are there chilling samples being used, but the synths that are cleverly injected into each song provide more than enough haunting atmospheres and bone chilling soundscapes.
Through the twenty-four minute run time, light begins to fade and the life begins to get sucked out of you. If there were soundtracks to nightmares or songs that induce nightmares, Illness has the black metal chops to do both, supply the feverish dreams and back them with an abyssal soundtrack.
Illness shows a great black metal prowess when combining both powerful and corpse exhuming black metal with the cold, skeletal symphonic elements. Illness works in screams of anguish and torture as you yourself are experiencing a mind piercing darkness.
From beginning to end all five songs are blazing sonic walls of blasphemy. Trvmna is packed to the corpse paint with poisonous riffs, skull shattering blasts, haunting atmospheres and screams of torment. Once all of those elements are combined you get Illness and their release Trvmna. There is no compromising and there are no fillers within Trvmna as everything is pure and suffocating in execution.
After one listen a cold dead hand reaches out to guide you to press play again and again. The deeper you get into the release, and the more listens that you pile up, the deeper you slip into a darkened dementia. Illness is darkened, sinister, evil and a visceral black metal onslaught.