Trephine's liner notes may be dark and morbid, but non-metal connoisseurs will have a hard time listening to their self-titled EP and not thinking of bands like Death From Above 1979 and System of a Down, whose aggro tendencies are tempered by a healthy appreciation for absurdity. Without the vocals that make this quality so apparent, there's no way of knowing for certain if that's what Trephine intended... although any band that begins and ends a record with "Goes to Hell, Mr. Wiggles" (Parts 1 and 2, respectively) probably has an understanding of how silly really heavy music can sound to anyone with a sense of humor.
Which isn't to say that there's anything laughable about the band's level of talent. "Age of Reptiles" tempers Chuck Collins's virtuosic riffing with bass solos and machine gun drums, while "Axolotyl" gives a pretty good idea of what System of a Down might sound like without Serj Tankian's vocals. Trephine certainly aren't for the faint of heart, but as this EP demonstrates, they won't let their heaviness get in the way of interesting and engaging melodic metal.