Cumulative Review Scores:

Death or Sandwich:


Out of 0 review scores

Chains on Fire:


Out of 7 review scores

Plan of Attack:


Out of 4 review scores



Out of 27 review scores

Shadows from the Past:


Out of 29 review scores

“Basta dare uno sguardo alla line-up per capire che i Lords Of The Trident non si prendono troppo sul serio. Le foto poi fanno il resto: la band del Wisconsin gioca in modo aperto con l’immagine pacchiana di guerrieri postatomici armati di tutti i cliché del metal. Ma dal punto di vista musicale i ragazzi scherzano davvero poco, e questo loro album offre molti spunti di interesse, soprattutto per tutti gli amanti del più classico heavy metal. In realtà, quella che abbiamo tra le mani è l’edizione europea del disco: ‘Shadows From The Past’ è uscito già nel 2018 per una piccola etichetta americana, e tocca oggi alla tedesca Rafchild rimetterlo in circolazione in versione arricchita da due bonus-track. L’impressione è la stessa di allora, quella di una band solida, assolutamente capace tecnicamente e in grado di colpire, anche se chiamata a mettere meglio a fuoco alcuni elementi. L’inizio del disco è fulminante, con ‘Death Dealer’ e ‘Zero Hour’ che ci mostrano una band compatta e ricca di energia, capace di piazzare un doppio uptempo priestiano di grande sostanza, caratterizzato da un cantato molto teatrale – ed altrettanto efficace. ‘Tormentor’ è più quadrata, con melodie rotonde che possono ricordare i Primal Fear, mentre ‘Burn It Down’ suona più moderna oltre che più aspra, grazie anche alla partecipazione di Brittney Slayes degli Unleash The Archers. Il resto del disco non regge il confronto con questo eccezionale quartetto d’apertura, a partire dalla ballad orchestrale ‘Figaro’, passando per la spigliata ‘The Party Has Arrived’ per arrivare alla caciarona ‘Brothers Of Cain’, in cui appare l’ombra molesta degli Alestorm. Verso il finale il disco riprende quota, con la variegata ‘The Nameless Tomb’ e soprattutto l’incalzante ‘The Gatekeeper’ con il suo avvincente retrogusto epico. Come detto, l’impressione è positiva: manca poco ai Lords Of The Trident per riuscire a colpire senza riserve, ma il disco è assolutamente godibile.” 70/100 – Sandro Buti, Loud and Proud (January 22nd, 2020)

“Okay, so weit, so gut. Aber was ist denn mit der Musik? Na, die ist gut, selbst wenn man keinen Humor hat! Denn es gibt zahlreiche Kapellen, die sich witzig finden, aber leider musikalisch nicht allzu viel auf dem berühmten Kasten haben. Nein, ich nenne jetzt keine Namen, ich will hier nicht andere Bands dissen, sondern hervorheben, dass die LORDS OF THE TRIDENT nicht nur wissen, was sie tun, sondern auf “Shadows From The Past” auch beweisen, dass sie eine echte, mitreißende Metalscheibe fabrizieren können! Dabei bewegt sich die Band immer zwischen Heavy Metal und Power Metal und würde locker auch ohne besonderes Image einen Platz auf dem metallischen Radar verdienen. Zumal sie einen Fehler der vordringlich auf das Blödeln bedachten Spaßcombos vermeiden und darauf achten, dass ihre Lieder eine ordentliche Halbwertszeit haben und nicht nur von komischen Textzeilen leben. 7.5/10″ – Frank Jaeger, (2019.07.29)

  “There’s a sneaky great band out there called Lords of the Trident that clearly Power Metal fanatics are not hailing enough. What seemingly began as just a fun party band with fellow collegians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has turned into a group that has improved at every level–especially songwriting–and now should be considered rising stars as a 10+ year “overnight” sensation.

The aforementioned “Heart in the Fire” is from Death or Sandwich and is better, just all around better, than the 2009 version. It may be the best song on the release … unless it’s “Face of the Enemy.” The groove here should turn you into a male or female slattern, if you have any angry sex drive at all.

There are two covers on Pull the Plug, Extreme’s “More Than Words” and the classic Kansas track “Dust in the Wind.” There’s a mountain of bravery for a band to cover these two songs, both musically and vocally, but this is Lords of the Trident. Lead singer Fang VonWrathenstein has one of those voices perfect for Power Metal, throaty and melodic, but where in the past you could say he is a pretty good singer, after hearing these songs, you’ll say he can “SANG.” Yes, there’s a difference.

Speaking of vocals, there’s a number of falsetto passages across the release, which fits with the acoustic vibe perfectly. But the BEST song, by far, no argument allowed for any reason is “Alone in Cole Hall.” The gents turned it from a frightening Metal song into a … love song. Somehow, a song likely influenced in part by the Cole Hall shooting at the University of Northern Illinois is now a seductive composition, where Fang is actually crooning. The falsetto at the end of the song, compared to the original version on Death or Sandwich, shows tremendous vocal growth while somehow being hilarious at the same time. Go figure … and the VIDEO, it’s amazing.

They close Pull the Plug with a warrior’s anthem, “Shattered Skies.” It’s a battlefield, it’s death and it’s everywhere. Sounds about right. The guitar playing on this track and every song is clear, precise, has soul when it needs it and a heaviness when it needs it more.

If you don’t know Lords of the Trident, you can start with Pull the Plug, but a better bet is to snag their newest release Shadows from the Past first, so you can get a taste in their true realm. If you are a longtime fan, this should wet your whistle with the gods’ saliva that created Kvasir or whatever you fill your leather flask with.” – Derric Miller, Hard Rock Haven (January 3rd, 2019)

  “Now this is an album to kick back to. Powell metallers Lords of the Trident have created a Patreon funded acoustic album to accentuate the creativity and beauty of their songs. It is their seventh album on the heels of August 2018’s Shadows From the Past, which is fucking exceptional. Pull the Plug will soothe your tired soul with its expressive and emotive vocals and simplistic rhythms.” – Nina, Boston Rock Radio (January 27th, 2019)

  “Who out there remembers that awesome, yet sadly short time period where MTV Unplugged was a thing? Well, I do, and some of the most profound artists where there before us, live, raw, and beautifully real; bringing a whole new life to our favorite tracks. This is the first place I was brought to with this album. Right from the very start their first track “Knight’s Of The Dragon’s Deep” takes hold of your heart and imagination…Lords of the Trident has done it again- bringing their unique mark to the metal community by taking these thrashing metal beasts (the tracks) and taming them into soothing, soulful and loving creatures. They stole my heart with this release, and really, I am okay with that.” – Emily Mae, Maehem Underground Media (January 22nd, 2019)

“There are plenty of bands out there trying to combine metal and humor, most meeting with limited success. I had no idea Lords of the Trident was such a band though, in hindsight, the clunky, over the top name should have made me wonder. In this case, I didn’t even realize that was what was going on with the band’s fourth album, Shadows from the Past. It wasn’t until I checked out their discography and found titles like Death or Sandwich and covers of Beyonce. Then I saw band member names like Fang Von Wrathstein (vocals) and Asian Metal (guitars) as well as the jokey videos on their website and it all came together. At the end of the day, all that matters is whether the band can play and write good songs and the answer is “yes”.

The Lords play clean, modern heavy metal with some power metal flourishes on Shadows of the Past. The vocals are strong and possess a good amount of emotion. The rhythm section provides a solid foundation for the guitars and some sweet lead work, though I think some of the solos are played slightly off-kilter as part of the band’s tongue-in-cheek attitude. There is not really a weak track on Shadows of the Past and the band does their best work when revving up the tempo on “The Nameless Tomb” and the album highlight “Burn it Down (with Fire)” featuring guest vocals from Unleash the Archers’ Brittney Slayes.

If you like your metal bright, fierce and loud, à la A Sound of Thunder and Black Majesty, Lords of the Trident is a band worth checking out as they don’t let the metal take a back seat to the humor.

3.75/5″ – MetalMike, (November 19th, 2019)

“I simpatici power metallers del Wisconsis Lords of the Trident danno un seguito a “Frostburn”, di tre anni fa, e tornano sul mercato con il loro quarto full-length. I numerosi cambiamenti di line-up di quest’ultimo periodo sono raccontati con il consueto stile epico-demenziale sul loro sito, ma intanto la buona musica è rimasta… Ha un bel tiro “Death Dealer”, serrata e allo stesso tempo melodica, capace di scorribande mai troppo fini a se stesse. Più classica “Tormentor”, quasi con un feeling priestiano; velocissima “Burning down (with Fire)”, in cui è ospite Brittney Slayes degli Unleash the Archers, mentre “Figaro” si rivela carica e teatrale, un brano differente dagli altri fatto di cori e strutture magniloquenti. Il singer Fang VonWrathenstein si diverte anche in “Brothers of Cain” con una prestazione sopra le righe, mentre “The Nameless Tomb” allegerisce il sound, portandolo verso un melodic metal nordeuropeo con qualche accenno NWOBHM. Chiude la scaletta la solida “The Gatekeeper”, che può ricordare il power dei Persuader. Un album di genere che si fa ascoltare con piacere.”

(René Urkus) Voto: 7.5/10” – René Urkus, (November 25th, 2018)

“The opener, “Death Dealer”, musically is reminiscent of AMON AMARTH; it is dirty in its delivery, yet heavily melodic. The instant influence of JUDAS PRIEST is strongly present and the band knows how to use that inspiration very well. We have a great use of vocal harmonies here as well. The half-time riffs add an interesting dynamic amongst some shredding solos.

We then have the song “Zero Hour” that follows a similar pattern, but it takes a bit more time before transitioning into a more pure Metal powerhouse, amidst some cool bass lines. The strongest aspect of the band I have noticed so far are the vocals, which have some adjacent qualities to those of SEVENTH WONDER. The chorus shows off a lot of emotion that you can find in the band mentioned before, which is always a key in having memorable pieces of a song. “Tormentor” feeds off a slower pace, but serves a nice dish of Hard Rock with a groove.  It has the qualities I have always appreciated in the slower tempo of some PRIMAL FEAR songs. Speed is not essential in getting the listener to pay attention and this song is a perfect example of that. It is a gritty number and shows off some very high pitch notes in the process. “Burn It Down (With Fire)” has a punchier approach and has a SYMPHONY X side to it (minus the more progressive side). It’s extremely energetic and should get your blood pumping. We also get an added touch with the female vocals of Brittney Slayesthat blend into the song flawlessly with the vocals of Fang VonWrathenstein. “Figaro” seems like the type of track you would find at the end of the album, it has that feeling that the journey has come to an end. As you may have guessed, it is a slower song more along the lines of a ballad. Again, changing the pace of an album that has already gone balls deep into a more aggressive tone is always a good approach. Nothing out of the ordinary here but the song serves its purpose. Next we have “The Party Has Arrived” that uses strings and orchestral parts, essentially a short instrumental to lead us into a very German Power Metal piece, “Brothers of Cain”, that uses a nice dose of humor (if you have heard ALESTORM you will understand what I mean here) and goes into a chorus that is quite reminiscent of FALCONER. The song does not take itself too seriously, which is always a nice touch. “Reaper’s Hourglass” has one of the better choruses I find here, the vocals do not go too overboard, which makes it very easy to remember. Yes it follows a pattern that we can relate to, but it in its delivery, it is straight on point. This is by far my favorite song on the album. The final track “Gatekeeper” is another noteworthy song, it is the album closer that starts off slow and builds perfectly (just like one of my all-time favorite bands, if you did not know by now, FATES WARNING). The band chose a song that has just the right tempo to finish off this Power Metal adventure. Overall, the band does not break any new ground in the genre but the elements found on this album all blend together perfectly and should appeal to fans of true metal, pure metal, traditional power metal or however you wish to label that genre. Songwriting: 8 Originality: 8 Memorability:   8 Production: 8

8/10” – Eric Poulin, Metal Temple (November 22nd, 2018)

(Powerplay Magazine UK – October 2018 – 7/10)

“Have only seen these guys live, where they’re lovable bat-shit crazy, costumed trad metallers. On disc? New experience. Fair to say the music is as schizophrenic as the mock personalities performing: Fang von Wrathenstein (vox), Baron Taurean Helleshaar (guitar)…you get the (Picasso) picture.

“Death Dealer” jumps right into the deep end of the high vocal, traditional metal pool. More of the same from “Zero Hour”. Good stuff. While the songs do not appear to be a connected/concept album, that’s not beyond these wacky Wisconsin folks. Mid-paced “Tormentor” features dueling guitars that sound something like video game effects, while “Burn It Down (with Fire)” follow-up has a guest appearance from Brittney Slayes (Unleash The Archers). “Figaro” begins as a drum stick on wood block style ballad, then quickly ventures in Broadway musical territory. Baroque orchestrated “The Party Has Begun” is an instrumental leading into the comical, talked-through “Brothers Of Cain”, protagonist telling his story as he robs the aforementioned dinner party. Finishing duo of “Nameless Tomb” and “The Gatekeeper” are rollicking, straight ahead metal numbers: strong vocals, toe-tapping, headbanging melodies. Feeling adventurous?” – Mark Gromen, Bravewords (October 22nd, 2018)

“A carreira dos Lords Of The Trident (LOTT) tem sido quase toda construída nos EUA e apenas o álbum Frostburn teve direito a uma edição europeia, através da Killer Metal Records. Do lado de lá do Atlântico, é a Junko Johnson Records que tem tido (e volta a ter nesta nova proposta) o privilégio dos lançamentos. E dizemos privilégio porque, à semelhança do disco anterior, Shadows From The Past volta a mostrar uma banda que não olha a meios para investir na melodia, principalmente a partir de um vocalista com um timbre fantástico e que realmente canta as músicas com um assinalável sentido de melodia e emotividade. Adicionalmente, os solos de guitarra (bem, na realidade, todo o trabalho instrumental – guitarra e baixo incluídos!) estão, também, todos eles imbuídos de um enorme sentimento melódico. Em Shadows From The Past tudo faz sentido e, sendo verdade, que os LOTT, versão 2018, não são tão expansivos nem exploratórios como já foram, ainda mantém uma adequada dose de teatralidade (acentuada pelo seu visual) que injetam a preceito no sentido de criarem canções muito expressivas, embora com pouca agressividade. Musicalmente, este disco navega entre um power metal clássico e o NWOBHM, sendo que é notória a (muito boa) influência dos Riot. Como facilmente se percebe,, tudo bons motivos para se despender algum tempo com este disco. [93%]” – Via Nocturna (October 15th, 2018)

“Quando recebi este disco confesso que fiquei logo a pensar, olha mais uns novos profetas que se propõe a espalhar o evangelho segundo NWOBHM. O segundo pensamento foi, bonito! só cá estão os temas e as letras, nada de info da label sobre quem são e de onde vem… e lá fui eu cuscar quem são os Lords of the Trident, já completamente cheio de “pré-conceitos” desta ciência não exacta que é a “review do disco”. Como sou um gajo que prefere fontes a água engarrafada segui directamente para o site da banda e lá entrei neste mundo de lordes povoado por fantasmas do passado. Reza a lenda que quando os Lordes Fang VonWrathenstein, Baron Taurean Helleshaar, Asian Metal, Pontifex Mortis e Master “Herc” Hercule Schlazeuger se juntam para ensaiar os seus amplificadores estão tao altos que até os Manowar já lá foram bater à porta a pedir para baixarem os volumes. Caríssimos, o resto da viagem, façam-na vocês, prometo que vai valer a pena! Este sétimo registo destes americanos é composto por uma alucinante viagem por onze excecionais temas do mais puro metal que tenho ouvido. Brilhante a todos os níveis, Shadows From the Past é um disco indispensável em qualquer colecção. ALL HAIL THE LORDS!!! Nota – 10/10.” – World of Metal Magazine (October Issue 2018)

“De tracks vormen met elkaar een mooi geheel in sound en vocals. Dit komt duidelijk naar voren op tracks als ‘Zero Hour’, ‘Tormentor’, Reaper’s Hourglass’ en ‘Chasing Shadows’. Ook op de track ‘Figaro’, de langst durende track van dit album, komt dit sterk naar voren. Een rustig intro, prima stevig gitaarspel, vocalen die echt een verhaal vertellen, en drumwerk die je de luisteraar door de gehele track verder leidt.

‘Burn it Down (With Fire)’ is een track met een gastbijdrage van Unleash The Archers zangeres Brittany Slaves. Deze track is duidelijk geïnspireerd op ‘Ram it Down’ van Judas Priest, met flinke uithalen van beide vocalisten en een stevig gitaar- en drumspel. ‘The Party Has Arrived’ is een klassiek intermezzo wat de luisteraar begeleidt naar de volgende track ‘Brothers of Cain’. In deze track wordt direct de sound van stevig gitaarspel weer opgepakt en pakt Ty Christian vocaal uit met een theatraal vocaal spel. Op dezelfde manier zoals de Amerikaanse zanger Meatloaf weleens doet in zijn klassieker ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’. Het enigste jammere is de afronding van het album met de tracks ‘The Nameless Tomb’ en ‘The Gatekeeper’. Beide tracks brengen weinig verrassing met zich mee aan het einde van de plaat doordat de muziek en vocalen precies hetzelfde in elkaar zitten als de rest van het album. Qua sound is de band niet vernieuwend binnen het Power Metal genre, maar de zowel de muziek als vocals zitten goed in mekaar. Muzikaal gezien is het album zeer zeker onderhoudend, vooral het drumwerk. Productie ook prima en niets op aan te merken. Kortom: een prima Power Metal schijfje voor de diehard liefhebbers en ontdekkers.” – 80/100 – Marieke van Poelgeest, RockZine (Aug 2nd 2018)

Shadows From The Past is the fourth studio album from Lords of the Trident, who, on the face of it, you would expect to hail from Scandinavia but in fact come from Madison, Wisconsin.

To me, they’re a power metal band with hints of symphonics going on. A heady, and enjoyable, mix. Whilst their image is of tongue-in-cheek piss-taking of the sword and sorcery arm of metal, the songs are all seriously performed and delivered with intent. Take lead vocalist  Fang VonWrathenstein for example. His Facebook history states that he “was born when a volcano containing metal and steel erupted at the beginning of time” (you get the picture) yet when it comes the tracks themselves he delivers a vocal performance of strength, power and no piss-taking in sight. In fact, read the band’s whole history, it reads like a Game of Thrones novel…. “Death Dealer” opens proceedings in truly pompous fashion with Fang treating us to a scream which could raise a Viking god from his slumber. There’s pace aplenty and a scorching extended solo to top it all, a marvellous start. Such pomposity is, thankfully, not quite repeated through the rest of the album. Instead, there is an amount of variety to keep us very much interested. There is a great rhythmic riff to open “Zero Hour” and VonWrathenstein turns in a powerful performance. Aiding him in his work are Baron Taurean Helleshaar on lead guitar, Asian Metal also on lead guitar, Pontifex Mortis on bass and Master “Herc” Hercule Schlagzeuger on drums. Great names all, and all put in top performances.” – Graham Spark, Decibel Geek (October 8th, 2018)

“Power Metal in the vein of bands like Blind Guardian (notice the Tolkien influenced cover) and Sabbaton is what Lords of the Trident offer in the Shadows from the Past. The listener will find elements like speed metal in songs which even remind bands like Megadeth (Tormentor) or Judas Priest (Burn it Down (with Fire)), great melodies, excellent guitar work, crystal clear production, addictive choruses, tunes with “hooks”…in brief, all the necessary ingredients that can make Lords of the Trident a commercially succesful band of their genre. Even though I am not a big fan of this sound, I have to admit that they are acing in what they do, therefore they deserve…” 8/10 – Jupiter Variation (October 1st, 2018)

(No review, score only) –  8/10 – VÝBORNÉ, Hard Music Base (September 26th, 2018)

“Finally it is here, the latest album from Lords Of The Trident.  It’s been 3 years from the last album Frostburn that we can hear some of the new tunes. It start with Death Dealer, tells the8+7 story about a some kind of a demon that has a condemned soul that got imprisoned in a stone. Throughout the album the storyline is kept, basically show a searching of the unknown in the unknowns.

The first song is very powerful, combining the strong riff in the beginning and the beautiful but not less strong voice from Fang VanWrathenstein. Next is a song called Zero Hour which becomes one of my favorites starting with drums and the guitars, strong with a solid riff, and being followed by the snare that gives him a sticky rhythm. This all is being accompanied by a short pre-chorus with a solo from the bass. Later we have Tormentor, again one of my favorites too… it adds complexity and really deep groove to the album remembering me of Countdown to Extinction from Megadeth. The song has sooo much power in the riffs with a guitar solo (with both of guitars). That solo blows my mind! In the middle of the album, we have Burn It Down (With Fire)Figaro and The Party Has Arrived – good songs with some changes in their structure (little bit of Old School Heavy Metal, some catchy riffs that makes you move your head) including a full orchestra. Then we have Brothers Of CainReaper´s Hourglass, Chasing Shadows and The Nameless Tomb. Finally, The Gatekeeper – a very powerful song to end this great album with a catchy intro and a solid main riff.” 4/5 – Carlos ‘Spark’ Carpio, Metal-Roos (September 19th, 2018)

“Shadows from the Past: El día que quieras Escuchar algo de heavy Power metal te invito a que busques está banda estadounidense y escuches su cuarto trabajo de estudio Shadows from the Past, un trabajo que nos dice que hay cosas que nunca cambiarán, como el heavy Power metal que interpreta Lords Of The Trident. La mayoría de canciones de estos gringos son veloces y para dar más de qué hablar invitaron a la vocalista de la banda canadiense Unleash the Archers, Brittney Hayes, para grabar una canción. Este álbum pareciera ser una colección de cosas qué a Lords Of The Trident les parecen impresionantes como la distopía futura, ciencia ficción y batallas de alta fantasía. Estados Unidos es uno de esos países en los que las bandas de heavy Power metal profilan con una calidad absolutamente envidiable, Así que estos muchachos harán todo para ganarse al público con su cuarto álbum que Inicia con.” 7.5/10 – Alessendro Power (September 1st, 2018)

““Signori del Tridente”… devo ammetterlo, quando ho letto il nome di questi Lords of the Trident e visto un po’ di foto di questi cinque americani, tutti bardati in improbabili costumi di scena, ho pensato: “ecco l’ennesimo gruppo improponibile!”…. ma mi sbagliavo, eccome se mi sbagliavo, perchè i Lords of the Trident sono una band interessantissima, poliedrica e talentuosa, seppur scanzonata e dall’aspetto buffo. Non conoscevo questo quintetto che usa pseudonimi di fantasia, ma nella biografia inviatami ho scoperto che addirittura ha realizzato finora tre full-lenghts (“Death or sandwich” nel 2009, “Chains on fire” nel 2011 e “Frostburn” nel 2015) , tre EP (“Plan of attack” nel 2013, “A very Lords of the Trident Christmas” nel 2014 e “Re:Quests” del 2015), oltre a due live-DVD… insomma tanta roba! Evidentemente mi deve essere sfuggito qualcosina…. ma spero di recuperare presto perchè la musica della band del Wisconsin è proprio gradevole e si ascolta in maniera molto easy. Come detto il sound è molto vario, si parte da una base classicamente heavy, su cui si innestano variazioni sul tema, inserendo parti più tipicamente power (“Death dealer” o “Reaper’s hourglass”), qualcosa di sinfonico (“Figaro” e con un titolo simile cosa vi aspettavate?), un pizzico di melodic (“Chasing shadows”), fino anche ad un po’ di speed (“Burn it down”). Insomma, qualcosa che è proprio un piacere da ascoltare e riascoltare, a dimostrazione che, quando si ha talento, anche il più classico heavy metal, suonato e risuonato da tantissimi negli ultimi 40 anni, può risultare fresco e godibile. I Lords of the Trident, inoltre, hanno la rara qualità di avere un songwriting efficace, i loro componimenti sono diretti e privi di inutili orpelli, segno ulteriore che ci sanno davvero fare, nonostante quegli pseudonimi e quel loro aspetto burlone ed irriverente. Sia i musicisti che il cantante sono molto validi ed anche la produzione è davvero ottimale. “Shadows from the past” (questo il titolo dell’album), oltre ad avere una bella copertina, è anche uno dei migliori dischi che abbia ascoltato in questo 2018! Ora non mi resta che andare a cercare anche il vecchio materiale dei Lords of the Trident…. fans dell’heavy e del power, non esitate e fate vostro questo validissimo disco!” 4.5/5 – Ninni Cangiano, (August 31st, 2018)

“All in all, “Shadows From The Past” is pretty damn good power metal, or electro violence metal, whatever you want to call it, it still rocks.  And I’d like to mention something I eluded to earlier also –the LOTT back catalog.  If you like what you hear with this record but maybe not too familiar with this band, check out their previous releases, you won’t be sorry.  Standout tunes on Shadows From The Past” include “Death Dealer,” “Tormentor” and “Brothers of Cain.”  

Right now Madison is experiencing a surge in killer local metal including Vermillion, Ultrea and Lords of the Trident.  Check out LOTT’s Facebook page and have fun with these guys.  They know music, they dig metal, and Shadows From The Past” is proof of that. On a scale of 1 to 5 battle vest wearing Red Dragons with 1 being weakest and 5 being strongest, I’m giving this record a 5.  It’s fierce.” 5/5 – Theron Moore, Wormwood Chronicles (August 28th, 2018)

“It’s evident on initial passes this quintet possesses requisite musicianship and proper understanding of the tools necessary to deliver exemplary traditional metal with US / European power propensities. Beyond the over the top stage monikers like bassist Pontifex Mortis, lead guitarist Baron Taurean Helleshaar and vocalist Fang VonWrathenstein, you have to go in knowing there is equally fantasy/majestic lyrical content to match their style on songs such as “Figaro” and Iced Earth-edged opener “Death Dealer”. Baron’s leads feature plenty of shred, tapping, and arpeggio excitement while fitting the atmosphere of each song at hand – you can hear bits of Accept, Metallica, Megadeth, and Yngwie Malmsteen throughout these eleven tracks. The band prove equally up to the task on a faster, double kick anthem such as “Burn It Down (With Fire)” that features Brittney Slayes of Unleash the Archers just as much as settling into a more 90’s black album Metallica effort such as “Tormentor”. Overall the listeners will be hard pressed to not wave fists, headbang, or even jig to certain hooks (the latter evident on the theatrical/folk influenced “Brothers of Cain”).

The ace of the appeal lies in the masterful vocal performance of Fang. Utilizing enthusiasm, multi-octave range and sustain, plus that added personal charm necessary to pull off themes of ancient/battle/fantasy times as if you are truly there, he understands the need to fluctuate song to song to help throw this material into the memory banks longer than a single pass. “Chasing Shadows” a perfect example of his commercial tendencies, understanding where to push forward and when to lay back, plus using proper harmonization opportunities to the max. The artwork, production, tones, and performances to these ears rival the main leaders of their preferred influences – generating excitement even if the topics for some may rear into that ‘cheesy’ tag (think Twilight Force, Grail Knights, Rhapsody (Of Fire) here). Melody and harmony drive Lords of the Trident sonically – and this is prime US traditional metal for those who love the genre and want something new to treasure. Time to seek out some back discography and ride that horse into battle.” 9.5/10 – Matt Coe, Dead Rhetoric (August 27th, 2018)

“The band still delivers a contemporary interpretation of classic “keep it true” heavy metal. While the signature elements of the genre are clearly apparent, I found myself favoring the terrific twin guitar harmony and breathtaking leads. After this, Lords Of The Trident has the uncanny ability to fuse both power and groove into their heavy metal. Bang your head, do windmills if you still have the hair to do so, or tap your toes, the Lords have their heavy metal rock groove going.

For the songs, that sweet twin guitar harmony rises faithfully within all songs, with Zero Hour, Chasing Shadows, and Figaro as stand out examples. For pure speed and thunder of power metal, Burn It Down is a stormer, and features Unleash The Archers vocalist Brittney Slayes. For some of that aforementioned heavy metal rock, listen for Brothers Of Cain where the groove is infectious and the guitar solos thrilling. Note also the fine bass solo just after the three minute mark. It’s all good. For purveyors of classic “keep it true” American power metal of the finest order look to Lords Of The Trident and Shadows From The Past. Easily recommended.” 5/5 – Craig Hartranft, Dangerdog Music Reviews (August 26th, 2018)

Shadows From The Past è il quarto lavoro sulla lunga distanza per gli statunitensi: niente di nuovo ma convincente sotto il cielo di un Wisconsin illuminato da lampi e tuoni metallici e riflessi accecanti di lucide spade. Una raccolta di brani che riesce a mantenere alta l’attenzione dell’ascoltatore grazie ai tanti momenti melodici in un contesto metallico supportato da un buon songwriting, anche se l’album precedente era baciato da un maggiore stato di grazia che influisce sul giudizio comunque positivo di questa nuova prova. Chitarre che si incendiano in solos e passaggi heavy metal lasciano spazio a cavalcate power di scuola Helloween; ottimo è l’uso dei chorus dal flavour epico e dal buon appeal, mentre il singer conferma di essere cantante perfetto per la musica suonata e la sezione ritmica fa il suo sporco lavoro al meglio, alternando parti telluriche ad accelerazioni che trovano le loro origini tra le vie di Amburgo a metà degli anni ottanta. L’opener Death Dealer parte come un treno e deraglia nella tellurica e melodica Zero Hour, la bellissima Figaro porta con sé sfumature progressive, mentre The Party Has Arrived fa da preludio alla più moderna Reaper’s Hourglass. Sono questi i pezzi forti che i Lords Of The Trident mettono in campo per uscire vincitori da questa ennesima prova, che non deluderà sicuramente gli amanti del genere, anche se Frostburn, come scritto, rimane il loro album migliore. – 7.7/10 ALBERTO CENTENARI, Metal Eyes (August 27th, 2018)

“…en kunnen live voor extra sfeer zorgen, vooral als je weet dat Lords Of The Trident erom bekend staan om veel pyro’s en confettiekannonnen te gebruiken, terwijl ze zich uitdossen in middeleeuwse kostuums. Liefhebbers van het (sub)genre kunnen dit ongegeneerd aan hun collectie toevoegen, die hard fanaten van extreme metal zullen dit links laten liggen. Indien je op zoek gaat naar de “Special Edition” (verkrijgbaar in Japan) krijg je twee extra nummers.” – 72/100 Luc Ghyselen (August 22nd, 2018)

“…a song like ‘Figaro’ is a nifty composition. Pompous, a bit kitsch, but seductive. Mainly because of the vocals by Fang VonWrathenstein. It somehow reminds me of Crimson Glory musically. For example in the fierce ‘Brothers Of Cain’. One of the highlight is ‘Reapers Hourglass’…I think Lords Of The Trident could be a welcome addition to the European festival circuit, bringing fun and great music. This is a entertaining album, musically very enjoyable, lyrically funny and a good production. Time for Lords Of The Trident to sail the European shores. ” – 83/100 Wim R. Lords of Metal (August 22nd, 2018)

Shadows From The Past is described as more ambitious, complex and mature than their previous six albums.  A squeaky clean and well balanced mix combined with the vocalist’s crystal clear annunciation ensures the listener will hear every epic word.  Without preamble, “Death Dealer” leads with hook laden riffs and a pair of stratospheric wails before settling into an Epic Heavy Metal sword and shield banging groove.  “Zero Hour” continues the up-tempo Valkyrie charge with more relentlessly emotive riff and lyric combinations. ” – 6/10 Zac Halter, Metal Express Radio (August 20th, 2018)