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Death or Sandwich

10/10
Out of 0 review scores 😉

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Chains on Fire

7.92/10
Out of 7 review scores

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Plan of Attack

8/10
Out of 4 review scores

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Frostburn

8.36/10
Out of 27 review scores

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Shadows from the Past

7.97/10
Out of 29 review scores

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The Offering

7.77/10
Out of 9 review scores

Reviews - The Offering

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Sie haben immer noch vor, im Underground zu bleiben und möglichst viel selbst zu machen, die Amis von Lords Of The Trident. So hat man für das neue, fünfte Album „The Offering“ Gelder auf der Plattform Patreon gesammelt, um das Ganze mehr oder weniger zu finanzieren. Dafür darf sich jeder Spender dann über eine Vorabveröffentlichung und ein paar Gimmicks mehr freuen. So weit, so gut. Allerdings sind die Jungs jetzt mittlerweile so lange im Geschäft, um zu hinterfragen, ob das alles so noch Sinn macht, oder ob man nicht doch auch mal mehr will.

Egal, musikalisch hat sich auf „The Offering“ wenig geändert. Weiterhin spielt man (Power)Heavy Metal aus verschiedenen Einflüssen. Der für die Band oft zitierte Wortschatz (Epik Metal, Metal Krieger, purer Heavy Metal) ist nur teilweise richtig. Die Lords Of The Trident tendieren doch eher in Richtung Blind Guardian oder auch italienische Powermetal Bands. Nach wie vor bedient man sich anscheinend bei öffentlichen Auftritten etwaiger Maskerade und auch die Pseudonyme der Bandmitglieder haben nicht wirklich an Niveau gewonnen.

So nennt sich der Sänger nach wie vor Fang von Wrathenstein. Sein Cleangesang, sowie der Beginn mit Akustik Gitarre und der folkmetallische Ausbruch danach legen gleich beim Opener „Legend“ ein gewisse Blind Guardian-Nähe offen. Harmonische Chöre unterstützen diese These bei diesem flotten Einstieg inklusive recht gutem Gitarrensolo von (Achtung !!) Asian Metal. Wie gesagt, blöder könnten die Pseudonyme nicht sein, aber gut.

Gitarrendudeleien und Frickelsoli a’la Rhapsody On Fire und Konsorten findet man bei schnellen Power-Metal Nummern wie „Acolyte“ oder „These Tower Walls“, sowie dem von einem Spinett gesteuerten „Dance Of Control“.

Bei „Champion“ erklingt ein Horn zu Beginn, bei „Offering To The Void“, dem verspielten Track, der so etwas wie harmonische Thrash-Leads auffährt, befinden wir uns im melodischen Midtempo-Geschehen. Stakkato-Rhythmen und giftigere Vocals lernt man bei „Power Of Evil“ kennen und beim Rausschmeißer „Heart Of Ashes“ finden sich Keyboards im Background ein und Glocken am Ende beenden den musikalischen Reigen.

Lords Of The Trident vermengen Powermetal mit einem Schuß Epik und übermelodischen Passagen zu einer eigenen Ansicht, wie man Metal zu spielen hat. Instrumental haben die Jungs einiges drauf und auch der Sänger macht prinzipiell eine gute Figur, auch wenn man ihm keinen großen Wiedererkennungswert attestieren kann. Gemastert hat das Album Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Destruction). Der Sound ist somit absolut am Puls der Zeit und auch die Songs an sich sollten jedem Powermetal-Fan druchaus gefallen. Essenziell sind die Amis sicher nicht, aber machen ihre Sache auch auf dem fünften Album recht ordentlich. Mal reinhören ist nicht verkehrt !! - 7/10, Kerbinator - Rock Castle Franken

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Die US-Boys LORDS OF THE TRIDENT existieren seit 2005 und veröffentlichen mit "The Offering" Album Nummer sieben. Das Quintett bietet auf dem Longplayer Power Metal der Marke OMEN, DRAGONFORCE, frühe BLIND GUARDIAN und POWERWOLF. Letztgenannte finden auch Erwähnung, da die Stimme von Fang VonWrathenstein Ähnlichkeit zu Attila Dorn (POWERWOLF) aufweist.
Die Herren des Dreizacks treten ordentlich auf's Gaspedal, halten dabei aber immer Kontakt zum Song und seiner Erzählung. Gerade die oft episch anmutenden Refrains thronen in den Nummern und adeln den zuweilen dynamischen, druckvoll vorgetragenen Metal. "Legend", zu Beginn hart marschierend, wird im Songkern mit Chor kämpferisch, heroisch und festlich. "Carry The Weight" bietet einen hingebungsvoll vorgetragenen, wehmütigen Kern, der mich an frühe OMEN denken lässt, und allein dieser Vergleich darf als Auszeichnung verstanden werden. Auch handwerklich weiß der Longplayer zu gefallen. Die Rhythmusfraktion bildet das Rückgrat und gibt das Tempo vor, während die Gitarre ebenso wie der Gesang Tiefe und viel Gefühl in die Songs transportieren. Das abschließende, dunkel getragene "Heart Of Ashes" ist dramatisch schön und eine Metalhymne zum Niederknien.
Ein Album, das große Refrains und Melodien bietet, intensiv und leidenschaftlich ist, gleichwohl immer heavy bleibt und von Anfang bis Ende seine Qualität hält. LORDS OF THE TRIDENT blenden mit blankgeputztem Stahl die Augen ihrer Feinde und sollten auf den zukünftigen Schlachtfeldern der Metal Heroen gefürchtet und geehrt werden. - Marco Berghammer, Metal-Inside.de
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Die US Epic Metaller LORDS OF THE TRIDENT sind schon seit 2008 in unserer geliebten Musikszene unterwegs. Zuerst sagte mir die Band überhaupt nichts, aber dann dämmerte es mir! Richtig, ich habe 2015 ihr Album „Frostburne“ besprochen und das fand ich gar nicht mal so schlecht!
Daher kam mir die Promo ihres neusten, 5. Album, „The Offering“ sehr gelegen.
Es soll wohl das komplexeste Album der Band sein, nicht das die vorherigen Scheiben auch schon etwas anspruchsvoller und nicht gerade zum mal eben nebenbei hören waren.

Aber gut, es geht ja immer noch eine Spur härter. Horchen wir daher mal in den Opener „Legend“ rein und schauen was die Mannen uns hier präsentieren. Mit einer sanften Einleitung beginnt die Nummer bevor die härteren Riffs das Ruder übernehmen. Der Gesang setzt ein und man ist mittendrin im US Epic Metal der Band. Schöner voller, kräftiger Gesang gepaart mit einem interessanten Songaufbau und dem dazu passenden und eingängigen Chorus erwarten uns hier. Das sind die Glanzpunkte des Openers der definitiv Lust auf mehr macht!
Einen ordentlichen Thrasheinschub hat das folgende „Acolyte“ abbekommen, aber im Refrain ist man dann wieder wunderbar melodisch unterwegs, so dass man das Qualitätslevel des Openersongs auf jeden Fall direkt halten kann.
Sehr schön ist in der Folge zu sehen das die Jungs wirklich viel Arbeit ins Songwriting gesteckt haben und jeder Song hat irgendeine Raffinesse!
Eingängigkeit ist so gut wie immer, trotz mancher Überlänge, gegeben und es gibt dann noch so Songs die hervorstechen, wie das teilweise mehrstimmige „Carry the Weight“ oder das mit Chören unterlegte „Champion“.
Nicht jeder Song zündet hier zu absolut 100 %, aber echte Ausfälle sucht man vergebens. So vergeht der Mittelteil der Scheibe wie im Flug und „The Tower Walls“ leitet das letzte Drittel dann wieder sehr erstklassig und vor allem wieder schön eingängig ein!
Und auch im letzten Abschnitt macht die Band mit ihrer neuen Platte noch eine sehr ordentliche Figur und hat mit „Power of Evil“, dem etwas härteren „The Blade“ und dem überlangen „Heart of Ashes“ noch drei Hits im Gepäck.

Eigentlich wollte ich schon früher mit der Rezi fertig sein, aber ich habe mir nochmal ein paar extra Runden Hörgenuss mit der neuen Scheibe von LORDS OF THE TRIDENT gegönnt, da es hier, trotz aller Eingängigkeit, viel zu entdecken gibt!
Man merkt der Band das sie viel Zeit in die Scheibe investiert haben um das beste Ergebnis rauszuholen!
Das eigenproduzierte Resultat ist mehr als empfehlenswert und bekommt dementsprechende Punkte bei uns. Ein kleiner Geheimtipp für die angesprochenen Genre Fans unter uns! - 8.5/10, Julian, Rock Garage

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Das US True Fantasy Metal Quintett LORDS OF THE TRIDENT fällt durch schräge Kostüme und Liveauftritte sowie das Klopfen großer Sprüche auf (“Our metal’s so pure that only diamonds can scratch it, and usually the diamonds are the ones that end up getting hurt in the end. Our amps are so loud, Manowar knocked on our door and asked us to „please turn down“”).

Doch hört man sich “The Offering“, den mittlerweile fünften Longplayer der Band aus Wisconsin, an, so muss man neidlos und fasziniert anerkennen, dass der Mix aus Heavy/Power Metal, modernem Prog sowie symphonischen Elementen kompositorisch und songwriterisch mit den Ansprüchen mithalten kann.

Das Konzeptalbum über die tragische Geschichte eines im Mittelalter in die Sklaverei verkauften Jungen wurde zudem von niemand Geringerem als Jacob Hansen perfekt produziert. Der Sound orientiert sich dabei an stabilem, griffigem US Power Metal verknüpft mit packenden Hooks und Leads, symphonischen Elementen und jeder Menge mitreißender Soli, immer wieder Soli.

Schon das Anfangsdoppel aus dem grandiosen `Legend` mit seinem mehrstimmigen Chorus und dem packenden Ohrwurm `Acolyte` dürfte die meisten Genrekollegen vor Neid erblassen lassen. Und es geht munter so hochkarätig weiter: egal, ob das griffige `Feed The Wolves`, die moderne Hymne `Carry The Weight`, die Howard Jones vermutlich auch nicht besser gesungen hätte, der majestätische Midtempo-Kracher `Offering To The Void` oder das synthie-, chor- und solo-lastige `Champion`.

Weitere Anspieltipps: `These Tower Walls` – Vorabsingle und Hymne mit lateinischen Chören und mitreißendem Solo sowie das schnelle `Power Of Evil` mit tollen Leads und langem Master of Puppets-Gedächtnissolo. Die siebenminütige, abschließende Powerballade hätte es (zumindest danach) gar nicht mehr unbedingt gebraucht.

„The Offering“ ist definitiv eine starke, unterhaltsame, abwechslungsreiche Scheibe, mit der Fans von Firewind, Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Serenity, Iced Earth und vielen anderen bestens bedient werden.

Michael Gaspar vergibt 8.5/10 - Michael Gaspar, Obliveon.de (2022.04.19)

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Schaut man sich Bandfotos der amerikanischen Metalband LORDS OF THE TRIDENT an, weiß man eigentlich schon, in welche Richtung die Mucke geht. Power Metal mit einer epischen Schlagseite und einem lyrischen Konzept, welches sich um das übliche Konglomerat von Helden dreht. Dementsprechend haben sich die fünf Schergen auch illustre Pseudonyme erdacht, die da lauten Asian Metal (git), Fang Von Wrathenstein (voc), Pontifex Mortis (b), Baron Taureon Helleshaar (git) und Master Hercule Schlagzeuger (dr).

Auch sonst hauen die Knaben ordentlich auf die Kacke, wenn sie verlautbaren lassen, dass ihr Metal so rein sei, dass ihn nur Diamanten ankratzen könnten, und normalerweise gehen die Diamanten dabei kaputt‘. Auch wären sie so laut, dass MANOWAR bei ihnen angeklopft hätten, damit sie ihre Musik leiser drehen. Gut, zumindest sind die Herren nicht von Selbstzweifeln zerfressen. Schauen wir einmal, was hinter dieser markigen Fassade steckt.

Und das ist epischer Power Metal, der recht wuchtig herbeikommt, teilweise auch im Hardrock schwelgt („Offering To The Void“) und sich ziemlich breitbeinig vor die Boxen stellt. Auf Keyboardteppiche wird grösstenteils verzichtet, denn der bombastische Auftritt gelingt den Wisconsinesen auch ohne dieses Element. Aber ein paar epische Chöre bekommt ihr in die Horcher gestanzt. Bisschen proggy-woggy Stuff tischt man zwischendurch auch gern einmal auf. Ansonsten zimmern LOTT recht griffige Riffs in die Bude und auch gesanglich ist nichts zu meckern.

Okay, der eine oder andere ‚HoHoHo‘- Chorus hätte nicht unbedingt sein gemusst, und manche Songs wirken auch etwas ausgewalzt. Extreme Heavyness wird ebenso vermieden, was vor allem am melodischen und recht warmen Gesang liegt, der, stark im Vordergrund, das Augenmerk auf die Vocals lenkt.

Ebenso schafft es kaum ein Song, aus dem Gesamtwerk herauszuragen und das ist bei einer Spielzeit von über einer Stunde dann schon etwas mau. Das liegt allerdings weniger am Songwriting, sondern vielmehr an der cleanen und fast klinischen Produktion, die zwar sauber und glatt rüberkommt, der Mucke aber irgendwie die Power entzieht.

Alles in allem ein sauberes, recht feines Power Metal- Album epischen Charakters, welches teilweise etwas verspielt wirkt, besonders bei den Gitarrensoli, die doch ab und an den Gitarrengott heraushängen lassen wollen. Insgesamt ist die Sache allerdings recht brav inszeniert. Das sollte noch etwas mehr krachen, wenn die Combo in Zukunft im überlaufenen Power Metal Markt stärkere Akzente setzen möchte. Dennoch kann ich „The Offering“ den Power Metal Freaks zumindest einmal zwecks Testhörung ans Herz legen. 8/10 - Zephyr's Odem (2022.04.18)

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It's rare that I review power metal on this blog, and it's rarer still that I review USPM. Every once in a while though something cuts through that I realize I need to dig into because it is simply that good. This is how I feel about the new record from Lords Of The Trident, The Offering. The band has crafted a massive release here and one that I think devoted fans across the world are going to find themselves completely obsessed with, simply because Lords Of The Trident have capitalized on their early potential and proven that they are THAT good.

This album is a huge step forward for the band, with bigger choruses than ever, more glorious and triumphant guitar solos and a general sense that this is in fact what Lords Of The Trident have been working towards for all these years. The execution of this record as a concept record is also incredibly well done. The storytelling is clearly signposted and put together in a way that remains compelling and enthralling throughout. The Offering resonates on a variety of emotional levels, and like I said - really feels like the completion of all that this band has been working at for the past several years in the best possible way.

The Offering is, at the end of the day, a whole hell of a lot of fun. It's a record that I think underground fans are going to feast on, but more mainstream metal fans will also get something out of. When it comes down to it, good music is good music, and when it's as well executed as this album it's hard not to be thrilled with all that they have done here. This album is a great look at the place of power metal in the scene today, and hearing a band really leaning into the genre with a sense of fun you don't often find is a delight. -Matt Bacon, Two Guys Metal Reviews (2022.04.03)

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Durch geballten Fansupport kam das fünfte Album der amerikanischen True Power Metaller LORDS OF THE TRIDENT zustande. 12 Songs und 1 Instrumental erwarten euch. Viel geändert hat sich zumindest auf den ersten Blick nicht und das ist auch völlin in Ordnung so. Zum ersten mal auf Tuchfühlung bin ich mit der Band auf dem 2017 beim Label Killer Metal Records veröffentlichten Kill For Metal Vol. 1 Sampler gegangen. Für treue Fans kam dabei durch Live Bootlegs, Exclusive Internet Singles auch so manche Überraschung ans Tageslicht.

Überraschenderweise handelt es sich diesmal um ein Konzeptalbum, dass der US-Fünfer angeführt von Sänger FangVomWrathenstein, dessen glockenhelles zugleich markant charismatisch theatralisches Organ gewohnt wie eh und jeh kräftig den Ton angibt. Vereinzelt sind auch schon mal Parallelen zu BLIND GUARDIAN-Stimmakrobat Hansi Kürsch herauszuhören. Fang's Klartonspektrum ist derart umfangreich, dass sich diese Facette lediglich als eine von vielen herausstellt. Gedoppelte Gitarrenleads, rasante Rhythmustempo Wechsel, krachende vor Heavyness strotzende nur allzu gerne in den Speedsektor tendierende Attacken („Charlatan“, „Champion“, ) und ein Faible für krachende Heavyness in Verbindung zu toller Melodieführung zeichnen dieses Album aus. Gut, dass die Crowdfundingaktion erfolgreich war, sonst käme ich nicht den Genuss dieser tollen Scheibe. Als Brücke zwischen den Songs dient das mit Spinettklängen angereicherte Intro „The Invitation“). Kompositorisch ausgefeiltes Dramaturkino im Format „The Blade“ ode „Heart of Ashes“ schwankt zwischen raumgreifend heroisch, melancholisch leisen und dramaturgisch gesteigerten Emotionsausbrüchen bei schrittweise sich erhöhender Tempoforcierung. Ambitionierter wie auf 'The Offering' haben die Amis LORDS OF THE TRIDENT bisher nie geklungen. Irgendwie kommen bei diesem Output Gedanken an Bands wie FIREWIND, ICED EARTH und STRATOVARIUS hoch, oder Parallelen zu BLIND GUARDIAN auf.

Selbst Geschwindigkeitsreduzierte Midtempokracher Marke „Feed The Wolves“, „Dance Of Control“ oder das halbballadeske Juwel „Offering To The Void“ glänzen durch größere Professionalität als nie zuvor. Mit 'The Offering' ist eine respektable Leistung der Rittercrew um das Gitarristenduo Taurean Helleshaar/Asian Metal sondern ihr bis dato bestes Longplayalbum der Bandhistorie zu Buche. Gerade auf detailliert wohl durchdachten Konzeptalben kommt soviel abenteuerlicher Spirit wie ihn LORDS OF THE TRIDENTS verbreiten, vielfach effektiver als auf standesgemäßer Studiotonträgerkonserve von der Stange zur Geltung.

Diesbezüglich macht sich der Einfluss von Top-Produzent Jacob Hansen (der u. a. schon für HEAVEN SHALL BURN, PRIMAL FEAR und DESTRUCTION abmischte) dann erst richtig bemerkbar. Verschachtelte Arrangements voller bombastreich inszenierter Spannung treffen technische Finesse und geradlinige Strukturen. Kraftvoll kompakt vorwärts preschender (Oldschool) True Power Metal, den LORDS OF THE TRIDENT hier abliefern, der nicht nur seine Stammanhängerschaft in Begeisterung versetzt, ebenso hilfreich sein dürfte, neue Fanschichten zu rekrutieren. Zeitweise hat das Album auch seine Längen, weshalb sich trotz aller Spielfreude öfters auch Ermüdungserscheinungen bemerkbar machen, was den handwerklichen Wert der Angelegenheit kaum schmälert.

Fazit: Gut ausgereifter US/Euro-Heavy/Power Metal mit infernalischen Leadsolieruptionen, geballtem Powerdrumming, cremiger Melodieführung und charismatischem Gesang. 7.5/10 - Michael Toscher, FFM-Rock (2022.04.20)

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The Offering is the latest entry in the canon of power metal concept albums about strong guys doing quests and stuff. Much like the Lords of the Trident records which precede it, this is no-frills, mostly keyboard-less power metal in the vein of Dream Evil, and its appeal should be immediate to any fan of that style. While many of the songs this time around take on a dramatic aesthetic in service of the record’s concept, the most fun is had in its straightforward jams. The back-to-back combo of “Acolyte” and “Charlatan” might be the highlight of the record, while “Dance of Control”‘s pop-oriented approach yields one of the record’s best choruses. Highlights aside, the best thing to be said for The Offering is that, despite its hour length, there are no especially weak tracks. It feels too long, and if given editing rights I would probably snip off the last two tracks, but Lords of the Trident would be losing two legitimately good songs in the process. 3/5 - AngryMetalGuy.com
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LORDS OF THE TRIDENT is an American Heavy/Progressive Metal band from Madison, Wisconsin. Formed in 2008, they have created a backstory of legendary proportions. They wear armor, they tell tales, and they give their fans a show worthy of being called a performance. “The Offering” is their seventh full-length album, and it was released independently on April 1, 2022.

Known for telling epic tales, this is no different. “Legend” opens with some gentle harp music. The same phrase is used for the guitar riff, which basically runs over the harp, backs up, then crushes it again. The rhythm is just as tasty. Cool leads over the riff give the song extra flavor. The rhythm chugs along, propelling the tune forward, driving like a maniac. This is the start of the tale and they even let you know this is a popular tale by telling you “Over and over and over the story is told.” Keep listening, it’s only going to get bigger and better.

Acolyte” and “Charlatan” are great examples of their ultra-fast guitar work. The riffs may be heavy, but the lead work is a combination of shreddy and delicate. The drums shift from frenetic to finesse in a heartbeat and the bass is usually running pace with the guitar, showing an ability to not just maintain a pace, but to keep that pace even when the guitarists have to take turns soloing because the bass wore them out. Non-stop action from all the instruments is a key to the LORDS OF THE TRIDENT sound.

The next song we have to talk about is “The Offering to The Void.” This chugging riff is slower, and so good. The song is almost sludgy compared to much of the rest of the record. DO not worry, the song will hit all the epic goalposts to make sure you get enough metal. This tune is big and bold and epic in every way. The thundering bass, the galloping drums, the intricate guitars and the soaring vocals all equate to killer Power Progressive Metal.

To help shift the story, “The Invitation” is a short instrumental that allows for a transition by giving you a guitar and piano interlude that leads into “Dance of Control.” Those piano tones continue throughout this song, adding another layer of sound into the mix. As if the story and sound was not big enough, here is more. It’s a nice touch, adding that extra little piece in to make sure the song stands out.

Completing the tale is the epic “Heart of Ashes.” With plenty of progressive shifts, this is the requisite song on any good Power Metal record. It’s the wrap-up of the story, the end of the journey. The music comes around full-circle and finishes the tale. To make this song more epic, they add keys and strings. These excellent additions to the music give the story more of a cinematic feel.

One of the best things about music like this is you can dig into the lyrics and create your own movie in your head. Just close your eyes and let the music transport you to another place, an alternate world, where the story will wrap you in its loving arms and give you an epic escape from the doldrum world. This is an hour of your life that can be lived in a fantasy. There is no need to worry about the job or the bills, just go to the land that LORDS OF THE TRIDENT so beautifully crafted for you.

The shredding guitars, the soaring vocals, the thundering bass, and the powerful drums all work together to create a soundscape that allow the listener to just float along on metal storm cloud that you know will get you to your happy place. Once there, nothing matters but the bliss you feel while wrapped in a cloak of Power Metal riffs and rhythms. Life will never be better than when on this epic journey.

Songwriting:  10
Musicianship:  10
Memorability:  10
Production:  10

10/10 -Kevin Lewis, Metal-Temple.com (2022.03.28)

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Yeah, this hits the sweet spot between Traditional and Power Metal, edging a bit closer to the Power side. On their fifth release, “The Offering,” Lords of the Trident serve up a confident, energetic, electrifying release, channeling Blind Guardian, Helloween, classic Scorpions, Accept, Pretty Maids, Seven Kingdoms, Unleash the Archers. Stryper, and the more straightforward side of Dream Theater. They bring a European sound, but hail from the American midwest - - Wisconsin, to be precise. Maybe that explains the cheese. (Sorry, sorry.) Many great Power Metal bands can get a little cheesy - - and the best actually make it a pro, and not a con - - and these guys are no exception. They don’t take the hokiness too far, but it’s there. The “whoa oh oh’s” in “Acolyte” only merit one eye-roll; by the second chorus, you’re anticipating them, and by the end of the song, you’re singing along with them. The guitars venture into Metal crunch at times, but most of the album is spent in the high melodic terrain. Even at their heaviest, the overall feel never goes dark or ominous. LotT are more about the lofty, aspirational, uplifting tone. The sounds, chord progressions, and harmonies stay mostly within the Metal yard, which should be a comfort to traditionalists. But they also shake things up, occasionally incorporating different elements, including a classical-sounding harpsichord/electric guitar duet to open “Dance of Control.” Soundalike songs may be one of the classic Power Metal pitfalls, but on “The Offering,” LotT keep enough variety to make every song stand out from the others on the record. Fans should also note: Lords of the Trident have declared “The Offering” to be a concept album. The storyline doesn’t leap out on the first few listens, e.g. “The Wall” or “Operation: Mindcrime,” but I’m intrigued to pay closer attention to the lyrics to follow along. 7.5/10 - Jack Mangan, Metal Asylum (2022.04.20)
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What happens you involve your love of dice rolling and LARPing in with heavy metal? Well, normally it involves dressing up, prosthetic ears, robes and leather armour or chainmail. One such band which have taken this plunge are Lords of the Trident (LotT) as the Wisconsin band deliver ‘The Offering’, the band’s sixth studio album.

Those familiar with LotT’s sound will know that the band stick well within that trad metal sound. This is a band which know their onions well, they grew up listening to classic metal and they’re damn well going to play it. Therefore, ‘The Offering’ is atypical of what LotT are all about and it sticks very much in a similar remit to that of 2020’s ‘Power Outage’. Tracks such as ‘Charlatan’, ‘Champion’ and ‘Acolyte’ show that when it comes to rousing chorus’ and enjoyable heavy metal, LotT know how to do it well having all the energy and likeability of Visigoth, White Wizzard and 3 Inches of Blood with just enough of the cheese factor of Dream Evil to always bring a smile to the listener’s face.

However, clocking in at an hour, there is a lot for the listener to get through in these 13 songs and whilst ‘The Offering’ doesn’t do anything different to other trad metal bands, it can become a bit of a slog to get through as some of the tracks here wouldn’t be missed if they were cut all together. That being said, this album is still very good and if you like your heavy metal done properly, then ‘The Offering’ is a good place to look. 70/100 - Adam McCann, Metal Digest (2022.04.04)

Reviews - Shadows from the Past

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“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)
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“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, PowerMetal.de (2019.07.29)
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“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, Metalhead.it (November 25th, 2018)

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“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, MetalCrypt.com (November 19th, 2019)

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“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)

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“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)

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“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)
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“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)
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“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)

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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)

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

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“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)
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““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, AllAroundMetal.com (August 31st, 2018)
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“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)
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“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)

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“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)

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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)
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“…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 Musika.be (August 22nd, 2018)
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“…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)
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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)
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“LORDS OF THE TRIDENT will be unleashing their 7th album “Shadows From The Past” on August 24th and in celebration of this new platter from their discography, they’re are premiering their second single and new lyric video “Burn It Down” featuring Unleash The Archers vocalist Brittany Slayes. “Shadows From The Past” was supported by a kickstarter campaign that went live on June 1st and ending on June 29th.  During that month, the band’s fans helped them surpass their goals to raise over $11,000 for the release.

No doubt, an interesting album since first song called DEATH DEALER.

ZERO HOUR starts strong and full of pathos, enhanced by a vocals’ range that offers so many solutions, while TORMENTOR starts as a VAN HALEN’s song before turning in somethin’ classic but never obvious. BURN IT DOWN (WITH FIRE) sounds classic, alternating Maiden’s moments, before FIGARO, our fav, so epic and ” pomp”, but able to be catchy when it needs with more POWER HM moments, before developing itself in somethin’ melodic..perfect changes of times for a really complete song! THE PARTYHAS ARRIVED is a little intro for BROTHERS OF CAIN, a classic HM song with epic drops. We goes on with the great REAPER’S HOURGLASS and CHASING SHADOWS, the second one with a progressive attitude. THE NAMELESS TOMB and THE GATEKEEPER, a great power HM, end in the best way this great new platter!” – 82/100 HardRockHeavyMetal Reviews (August 4th, 2018)

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““The Most Metal Band on Earth”, so lautet der augenzwinkernde Untertitel zum Bandnamen. OK, bis zur Weltherrschaft ist es noch ein gutes Stück Weg. Aber auf “Shadows From The Past” zeigen die US-Boys, dass es ihnen durchaus ernst damit ist. Sie haben ein grundsolides Album eingespielt, das von Anfang bis Ende für großen Hörspaß sorgt, auch wenn sie die Genialität der genannten Vorbilder nicht ganz erreichen. Der nächste Karriereschritt, der Sprung nach Europa, sollte jedoch durchaus machbar sein. Allerdings sollten sie sich von ihren albernen Künstlernamen trennen.” – 8/10, Keep On Rocking (August 3rd, 2018)
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“Etwas Feuer im durchgehenden Weichspülgang entzündet Brittney Slayes‘ (UNLEASH THE ARCHERS) Gastbeitrag auf dem schnellen ´Burn It Down´, das zeitweise in die Nähe von RIOT gelangt und die Brechstange des Melodic Metal herausholt. Auch ´Brothers Of Cain´ sticht in dieselben Partituren. Doch bereits der Opener ´Death Dealer´ gibt handzahm den Power Metal zum besten, für den er seit den späten 90ern gehalten wird. Der immerzu latente Bezug zu FALCONER kommt dagegen spätestens in ´The Nameless Tomb´ endgültig zum Vorschein.” – 7/10 MICHAEL HAIFL, Streetclip Reviews (July 31st, 2018)
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“Shadows From The Past” is full of grand tales of legends and lore. The influences of musicians such as Judas PriestKing DiamondDio and Iron Maiden can be found clearly throughout the album; that being said, The Lords Of The Trident certainly have a caliber of their own. They bring a unique and fun spin to the power metal genre. This album is full of everything we love about power metal, and you can feel this album awaken the warrior within you!” – Emily Niesen, Overdrive Music Magazine (July 31st, 2018)

Reviews - Pull the Plug

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“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)

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“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)
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 “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)

Reviews - Frostburn

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Clearly influenced by power metal in the vein of Helloween, Hammerfall, and countless others that could be named here, LOTT are clearly in their element performing power metal and killing it. Fang, aka Ty Christian, has a quality to his voice that reminds me so much of Niklas Isfeldt, formerly of Dream Evil. But when he has to, he can get up there and really wail away with all the confidence in the world. Guitarists Asian Metal and Killius Maximus have got the power metal chops down perfectly. With the twin melodies they create and then the speed, it’s clear these guys can play the instruments with more than an amateur proficiency. 4/5 – Greg Watson, Maximum Metal (January 15th, 2017)
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Overall, Lords Of The Trident’s third album is a solid alternative to those who feel that the power metal legends such as Helloween have faltered on their most recent efforts. The Plan Of Attack EP may be the band’s strongest moment but Frostburn is a strong recommendation to those still unfamiliar with the band’s methods of madness. One can sense that the band is on the cusp of something truly inspiring. – Chris Latta, Psychic Shorts (December 7th, 2015)
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Gli arrangiamenti dei brani contenuti nell’album “Frostburn” sono tutti compatti e diretti senza rinunciare a qualche minimo fronzolo che però non inquina l’immediatezza. Riescono a coinvolgere con un rock già sentito mille volte, ma che non annoia. In questo, il brano d’apertura “Knights of Dragon’s Deep“, come anche la successiva “The Loungest Journey“, sono un ottimo esempio. Stesso discorso per “Wind of The Storm” con le chitarre serrate, ma pulite. Sorprendentemente queste influenze non si fermano al rock AOR anni ’80 ma, specie in alcuni riff, si sentono reminiscenze Hawkwind (e come poteva essere altrimenti?), mischiate a vocalizzi che omaggiano quelli tipici di Tallarico degli Aerosmith, come in “Manly Witness“. – Giorgio Barnia, Rome By Wild (December 3rd, 2015)
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Fans of power metal should definitely checkout Frostburn. The record is very energetic as well as very well made. Lords of the Trident as a band have a lot of character, talent and seeing what they do after this could be quite interesting. 8/10 – Steven Lornie, Demonzone (October 13th, 2015)
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Instead of trying to become copycats of a great band of the 80’s, they fuse their influences and filter them under their own personality and because of that they manage to craft a sound that is old school and yet has fresh ideas and a certain originality. I think that I won’t exaggerate if I say that “Frostburn” is one of the best heavy metal releases of this year that shine because of their maturity, enthusiasm and creativity. 8.5/10 – Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis, Behind The Veil Webzine (August 5th, 2015)
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Track to track, the Lords of the Trident’s Frostburn is nothing short of a power metal masterpiece that everyone who enjoys this type of music needs to hear. That being said, the album lives up to the band’s claim of being “the most metal band on earth” and given time, they just might rival the long reigning kings of metal themselves. Look out Manowar, the Lords of the Trident are coming for your crown. 10/10 – Brett Kihlmire, Metal At the Gates (July 12th, 2015)
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Vergleichen mit anderen Gruppen möchte ich die Band nicht unbedingt, aber sicher haben europäische Metal Bands wie Iron Maiden oder Judas Priest einen relativ großen Einfluss auf das Songwriting gehabt, allerdings lassen Lords Of The Tridenterstens eben genannten mehr als hilflos im Staub zurück- so ein Werk hat man schon Jahrzehnte lang nicht mehr von denen gehört- und zweitens, was der wohl wichtigste Punkt ist: Sie lassen ihre eigene Note auf JEDEM Track mit einfließen. Ohne übertreiben zu wollen liegt hier ein Album vor, das ab sofort als Referenzpunkt des Metal Genres dienen MUSS. (Alex) – Zephyr’s Odem (June 1st, 2015)
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Firmly rooted at the cross section between US power metal and traditional, NWoBHM influenced heavy metal of the 80s, opener “Knights of Dragon’s Deep” unites all of the band’s trademarks and strengths in one nice package, great vocals, a gripping chorus, tight riffing and dynamics, lending the band the authenticity many bands strive for, but ultimately fail. And this seriousness definitely shows that there is a lot of substance hidden underneath these costumes and attire. The super harmonic guitars of “The Longest Journey” make it an insanely catchy, but never shallow, track, whereas “Winds of the Storm” and “Den of the Wolf” add a few notches and closing “Shattered Skies” is a grandiosely epic and very dynamic closer to finish off an album that shows a few dryer spells in the middle (from “Manly Witness” to “Kill to Die” to be precise), where they have good moments and ideas, but don’t quite manage to keep things up at the same level. 7.5/10 – Alex Melzer, The Metal Observer (June 1st, 2015)
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Lords of the Trident performance is not your average local music show, it’s entertaining on another level. At first blush the band appears to be a parody of metal, dressed in costumes right out of some medieval (or futuristic, which is it?) science fiction series, brandishing flaming guitar and microphone props, encouraging singalongs and knighting audience members onstage. One could draw the conclusion that LotT don’t take themselves seriously. That would be a mistake. This is a collection of some of the most accomplished musicians in the city with a wicked rhythm section, a twin-guitar assault by two of the best shredders around and a vocalist who is on parallel with Rob Halford of Judas Priest, to which LotT are often compared. You don’t even need to like metal to love Lords of the Trident and that may be their greatest feat. Lords of the Trident have been on a continuous roll since forming in 2005. Frostburn is their fifth recording (including their “holiday” EP, A Very Lords of the Trident Christmas) and their first since signing with German label Killer Metal Records . The band has progressed from a dorm room recording project to a fully functional touring outfit and one of the most popular bands in the city. There has been a revolving door of sorts when it comes to band members. Vocalist Ty Christian (Fang Von Wrathenstein) and guitarist Akira Shimada (Asian Metal) are the mainstays with guitarist Elliot Ignasiak (Killius Maximus) joining soon after. Bassist Brent Clark (Pontifex Mortis) and drummer Joe Scarpelli III (Dr. Dante Vitus) are the most recent additions. Ignasiak will soon depart for an extended visit to the Himalayas and new member Brian Koenig (Baron Taurean Helleshaar) who most recently served as lead guitarist for Luna Mortis, has been initiated into the fold. For the full background story (which is hilarious) check the band’s bio. Christian recruited ace Madison producer Doug Olson who also worked on the band’s 2013 release Plan of Attack. The sound is crisp and taut, a veritable orgy of guitars buoyed by relentless melodic vocal ear candy. Another band that comes to mind is Queensryche (at their best) and Frostburn was mastered by Dan Harjung who has worked with that band as well as other notables. “Winds of the Storm” stands out but really there is not a weak song in the bunch. Dragons, impending darkness, epic battlefields, super-heroic feats of valor and tales of destiny abound. For supreme guitar soloing check “Manly Witness.” Astounding. The band break from the solos into a brief drum fill, build to a rousing climax and an ear-piercing scream from Christian. The twin guitar prowess is on full display in “Haze of the Battlefield,” the phrasing perfectly in synch, each squeezed note perfectly placed. The band excels at reproducing these techniques live. “Kill to Die” is a vocal workout, Christian up in his falsetto range for a large part of the track. Throughout the album, Christian’s self-harmonizing is impressive and lifts the album out of mere guitar histrionics. They’ve already created the theme to the movie series Fast and Furious XIV with “Light This City.” Maybe they can follow this with the theme to Mad Max XXV on their next album. Don’t let the brief interludes of acoustic guitar or the brief “The Cloud Kingdom” (with actual keyboards!) lead you astray, you will be assaulted with glorious metal shimmer and the Lords of the Trident will see to it that you are fully redeemed, saved from the world of ordinary slavery to mundaneness. This is escape music from a world of dread into an imaginary world that is even more dreadful, leaving their subjects grateful for the life they do have, and able to carry on for another day – until the next Lords of the Trident show where they will make each and every audience member and fan matter. – Rick Tvedt, Local Sounds Magazine (May 28th, 2015)
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At least an unusual band with an attitude that might refer to comics, or a Gwar version meets the beauties of Lordi and add some fantasy atmosphere to get the job done. Sometimes I wonder why they have a kind of despise as the music of LOTT is much more mature and professional compared with the outfits of the members and the charisma in general. They transfer their songs into a fantasy world where knights and dungeons were daily topics, while the enchanted forest unleashed dragons and myths. It’s like a good song is transposed to a gimmick world and that’s totally unnecessary. ‘Knights of Dragon’s Deep’ is a perfect opener for an album, as it’s inviting to dive into the metal of LOTT for the upcoming 45 minutes. Guitars produce Heavy Metal arrangements while the vocals sprinkle a melodic approach to the heaviness. ‘The Longest Journey’ is slower but at the same time heavier with a lot of outstanding riffing from beginning on. The vocals are more ‘sensitive’ but things work out very well. There is a video for the track ‘Winds Of The Storm’ and this song captures all ingredients that are typical for LOTT. Well driven, good pace, outstanding vocals (‘erupted from a volcano of metal and steel at the beginning of time’, so they say), and guitars that are executed with a nice shredding effect. Again there is interaction between the faster songs on this album and the slower ones. ‘Manly Witness’ is heavy as hell but at the same time a track with an encouraging chorus line. It has an 80ies feeling and approach and leads us into the calm intro and ballad-esque beginning of ‘Haze Of The Battlefield’. The album continues with another portion of action after this rather slow moment with ‘Kill To Die’, one of the heaviest and fastest songs on “Frostburn”. Fang von Wrathenstein has all necessary elements to be considered as ‘a good metal vocalist’ as he’s leading his voice from heights to depths, but never exorbitant. After listening to this album for a few times, I must admit that I had several times the ‘Europe’ feeling. The songs have the same maturity but at once also the property that a melodic touch can match to a heavier layer. 85/100 – Sloof, MetalToInfinity (May 10th, 2015)
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Wurde im deutschen Werbefernsehen nicht mal der Begriff ‘Gefrierbrand’ geprägt? Damals ging es jedoch mehr um reißfeste Plastikbeutel als um Heavy Metal. Nichts desto trotz titelt dieses dritte Album von Lords Of The Trident nun “Frostburn”, da soll mal einer sagen, die Band bestehend aus Pontifex Mortis, Dr. Dante Vitus, Fang von Wrathenstein, Killius Maximus und Asian Metal hätte keine Ideen für Titel und Namen. Musikalisch gibt es freundlichen Power Metal auf die Ohren, nie zu derbe, aber dafür hochmelodisch. Das Stück an dritter Stelle heißt “Winds Of The Storm”. Die Überlegungen, ob das nun bedeutungsstark oder sinnfrei ist, bläst die Riffgitarre fort. “Kill To Die” ist ein weiterer Kandidat für das Possenmuseum. Die zehn Songs wurden um die prägnate Singstimme von Fang herumgebaut, mit der er sehr hoch kommt, sich aber auch gefühlvoll der jeweiligen Stimmung einschmeicheln kann. Sehr starke Gitarren zeigen sich auf diesem Album treibend und schön bratend, ein Sound, der wirklich Spaß macht. Die Zielgruppe ist aber eher bei den nicht wenigen Leuten zu suchen, die Anfang August gern zum großen Festival nach Norddeutschland reisen. 6.5/10 – Joxe Schaefer, Crossfire (April 29th, 2015)
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Lords of the Trident – aha….warum erinnert mich der Bandname irgendwie an Zahncreme ? Egal…wir haben’s hier mit fünf Jungs aus Madison, Wisconsin zu tun, die mit „Frostburn“ bereits ihr drittes Album herausgebracht haben. Was bei der Truppe zuerst auffällt, sind die bescheuerten Masken, welche die Musiker tragen. Hier wird man unweigerlich an Bands wie Grailsknight oder sonstige Kasperletheater-Figuren erinnert. Zudem noch die Pseudonyme jedes Einzelnen, wie beispielsweise Fang von Wrathenstein (vocals), Killius Maximus (guitars) oder Pontifex Mortis (drums)…ich komm aus dem Lachen gar nicht mehr raus. Auffallen um jeden Preis ist also angesagt und wenn man sich dann selbst als „the most Metal band on Earth“ bezeichnet ist zumindest Skepsis angebracht. Doch trotz allen Klamauks muß man der Band zugute halten, daß sie durchaus was kann. Die Band spielt melodischen Heavy Metal, der meist ohne Tralala-Passagen auskommt und eher traditionellen Bands wie den Scorpions ähnelt, als den vielen Power Metal Bands dieser Welt. Bereits der Opener „Kights of Dragon’ s Deep“ zeigt, daß hier ein guter Sänger am Werk ist und auch die Musikanten stilsicher unterwegs sind. Der eingängige Refrain lässt keine Wünsche offen, lediglich der Chrorus im Blind Guardian Stil ist mir ein wenig zu hoch. Auch im folgenden „The Longest Journey“ überzeugt die tolle, klare Gesangsstimme, die mich ein bisschen an Gil Moore von Triumph erinnert und ein harmonischer Refrain. Zudem gibt es gar ein bisschen Van Halen Gitarre zu hören. Die Band lässt sich ganz gut was einfallen, um abwechslungsreich zu bleiben. So beginnt „Light this City“ zum Beispiel mit einem aufheulenden Motorengeräusch , wird danach zum straighten Midtempo Rocker und bietet diverse Fight..fight..fight- Chöre. Oder das Scorpions-mäßige „Manly Witness“ mit klasse Gitarrensolo, das mit über 6 Minuten zudem recht lang ausgefallen ist. Nicht zuletzt glänzt man auch mit dem von einem Kirchenorgel-meets-Akkustikgitarre eingeleiteten Abschlußtrack „Shattered Skies durch dargebotene Epik inklusive elegischem Zwischenpart. Alles ist nicht Gold was glänzt. So verursacht die Mickey-Mouse Kopfstimme bei „Kill to Die“ echt Zahnschmerzen (Trident ?). Vom Song her ein einziger Speed-Metal Langweiler. Bei „Winds of the Storm“ zitiert man zu extrem bekannte Metal-Riffs und der Refrain kommt leider zu flach. Trotzdem kann man Lords of the Trident bescheinigen, daß sie ein gutklassiges Melodic-Metal traditioneller Gangart eingespielt haben, welches irgendwie in krassem Gegensatz zu dem affigen Image der Maskerade etc. steht. Ein paar songwriterische Schwächen noch ausgemerzt, dann steht der musikalischen Karriere nichts mehr im Wege. Optisch auffallen tut man ja schon einmal…. 7/10 – Monkey Castle Reviews (April 28th, 2015)
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Κι αν παρόλα αυτά, τα κοστούμια τους και το γενικότερο κλίμα που αποπνέουν, δεν σας έπεισαν ακόμα αρκεί το εναρκτήριο κομμάτι Knights of Dragons Deep για αλλαξοπιστήσετε και να δείτε την αλήθεια κατάματα. Μη ξεχνάμε ότι είναι λίγες οι μπάντες που τιμάνε το κλασσικό heavy μετά από τόσα χρόνια. Η συγκεκριμένη, μάλιστα, θα έλεγα ότι παντρεύει με πολύ μαεστρία στοιχεία από διάφορα συγγενεύοντα μεταξύ τους υποείδη παρουσιάζοντας ένα πολύ φρέσκο αποτέλεσμα που σε καμία περίπτωση δεν θυμίζει μια επανάληψη του παρελθόντος. Οι Lords Of The Trident είναι αυτό που λείπει από τη παγκόσμια μουσική σκηνή και μαζί με ονόματα όπως οι Enforcer έρχονται να αναζωπυρώσουν τις στάχτες της χρυσής εποχής της αγαπημένης μας μουσικής. Αν το Frostburn έχει τα φόντα για ένα τέτοιο επίτευγμα μόνο ο χρόνος θα μπορέσει να το δείξει. Σε κάθε περίπτωση, έχουμε να κάνουμε με έναν εξαιρετικό δίσκο που δεν πρέπει να λείπει από καμία δισκοθήκη, μαζί με το σαπούνι το οποίο πουλάνε τα παιδιά από το Wisconsin. 85/100 – Rock Overdose (April 28th, 2015)
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What I do know is that while the band clearly knows how to have a good time, when it comes to writing and recording, they’re all business. The 10 songs (9 if you don’t count the instrumental interlude “The Cloud Kingdom” that leads into closer “Shattered Skies”) that make up Frostburn, the band’s third full-length album, possess a smoothness and, dare I say, maturity that takes them beyond mere cheesy power metal mischief. At times there’s almost an AOR quality, such as the catchy “The Longest Journey,” which comes off as polished and very melodic, both in the lead and solo work as well as Fang’s vocals, especially when he sings “Do you believe the prophecy?” holding out the notes on “believe” and “prophecy,” followed by the “whoa-ohhh” chants in the chorus that are not only ideal for singing along in the live setting, but will ensure the song stays with you long after you’ve heard it. Another highly melodic cut, which also features some excellent harmonizing work in the solo, is “Haze of the Battlefield.” Sounding like something from Alex Kraft (ex-Onkel Tom) and his western-metal side project Dezperadoz in the intro, it begins with an acoustic guitar melody before the familiar distorted guitar crunch takes over and hammers out a start/stop riff. For the most part, Lords of the Trident is content to inhabit the fantasy lands of knights and dragons. “Manly Witness” sounds like a cross between HammerFall and Firewind (think “Mercenary Man”) and “Light This City” is perfectly suited to serve as the soundtrack to Eddie Riggs crushing skulls and racing around in the Deuce in the Brutal Legend videogame, but the band also knows how to go for the throat, as it does on the attitude-filled “Kill to Die,” which immediately brings to mind Into Eternity, with pummeling double bass right off the bat from Vitus, frenetic knifing guitars, and Stu Block-like vocals from Fang. Also, be sure to check out the solo on “Shattered Skies,” as Killius and Asian Metal have saved their best for last. The production on Frostburn is exceptional, providing a sleek and polished product that sounds big (as power metal should) and bright. The fact that the record was funded through a Kickstarter campaign just makes it all the more impressive. 8.5/10 – Matt Bower, Dead Rhetoric (April 26th, 2015)
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Very melodic hard rock/heavy metal. Clean vocals in most songs, but in “Kill To Die” he almost screams like Rob Halford. More of that please! The album was produced/engineered by Doug Olson (NIRVANA, SMASHING PUMPKINS, CHEAP TRICK) and mastered by Dan Harjung (Robert Plant, LIVE, QUEENSRŸCHE). This was really good! Definitely a must if you like melodic hard rock/heavy metal. (Killer Metal Records/Junko Johnson Records) – Hard Rock Info (April 22nd, 2015)
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Dieci brani potenti di power ed heavy melodico dal ritmo incalzante come l’opener “Knights of the Dragon’s deep” che mi ha ricordato il debutto dei grandi Dream Evil ed i sempre sottovalutati Dark Illusion (autori quest’ultimi di due grandi dischi con Thomas Vikstrom alla voce) ed in effetti le coordinate per leggere questo disco sono quelle. Il quintetto americano si dimostra a proprio agio tecnicamente e riesce a trovare spesso melodie di chitarra e voce apprezzabili anche ai primi ascolti. Piace infatti la successiva e meno tirata “The longest journey” così come “Manly witness”. Fang si dimostra cantante davvero valido dal timbro heavy/rock più che power ma la sua prova mi è piaciuta parecchio. Con il mid tempo “Haze of the battlefield” troviamo uno dei brani migliori del disco, melodico, coinvolgente mentre a seguire la bomba sonora “Kill to die” si occupa di farci agitare la testa. L’album non ne vuole sapere di abbassare il livello e “Den of the wolf” e “Light this city” sono altri due pezzi magistrali.

“Frostburn” è un prodotto davvero ben riuscito che i veri cultori del metal classico e del power/heavy melodico non si faranno di certo scappare, non è vero? Io la mia copia l’ho già ordinata! 4.5/5 – Federico Orano, AllAroundMetal.com (April 20th, 2015)

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“Frostburn” oder “The Tale Of Frostburn And The Immortal Warriors” ist das dritte Studioalbum der US-Metaller von LORDS OF THE TRIDENT, die wir euch in Deaf Forever tja bereits im Interview vorgestellt hatten, und das erste, bei dem der schräge Humor der Amis auf ein Minimum zurückgefahren wurde. Vielleicht liegt die neue teutonisch anmutende Ernsthaftigkeit (Rumppärlhürgs! — Red.) ja am norddeutschen Label Killer Metal Records, das die Lords unter seine Fittiche genommen hat. Auf jeden Fall steht es den Jungs gut zu Gesicht, denn musikalisch waren sie noch nie eine Witztruppe. Die zehn Stücke von “Frostburn” bieten hervor-ragenden, melodischen US-Metal mit leichtem Euro-Touch, der durch hohe Hitdichte und kraftvollen Gesang zu punkten weiß. Beim Anhören von Highlights wie ‘Winds Of The Storm’ oder dem speedigen ‘Kill To Die’ bin ich mir sicher, das bisher beste LORDS OF THE TRIDENT-Album erwischt zu haben. Ihr hoffentlich auch! 9/10 – MARTIN BRANDT, Deaf Forever Magazine (April 2015 Issue)
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La cosa più interessante dei Lords of the Trident è il modo in cui si presentano sul proprio sito internet. Descrivono le normali vicende della loro storia di band come se fossero un’epica battaglia… e che dire dei nickname dei membri? Uno di loro, di evidenti origini orientali, si fa chiamare ‘Asian Metal’! E alla fine questa presentazione fa godere anche il loro simpatico e onesto heavy metal (molto più anni ’90 che ’80, contrariamente a quanto sbandierano i nostri), nato nel contesto universitario del Winconsin. “Knights of Dragon’s Deep” è us metal moderno, lo si capisce lontano un miglio dal chorus e dal modo di suonare dei due guitarist. Cori da stadio per “The longest Journey”; la lunga “Manly Witness” lascia il giusto spazio alle escursioni strumentali e all’esibizione delle abilità dei singoli strumentisti. “Kill to die” gioca con sfumature più estreme di metal e con ritmiche black; “Light this City” si volge invece a un laccato ed energico heavy metal rock in perfetto stile old school. “Shattered Skies”, in chiusura, ci butta dentro un po’ di epica oscura che non dispiace. Due risate e un bel po’ di buona musica in “Frostburn”: perché chiedere di più? 7.5/10 – René Urkus, MetalHead.it (April 15th, 2015)
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if you enjoy power metal riffing, soaring vocals with what feels like an unlimited ranges, and don’t mind your metal being fun and full of melody, than you may enjoy Lords Of The Trident more than you could imagine. 86/100 – Joel Rittberg, MetalReviews.com (April 14th, 2015)
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Frostburn posee grandes riffs, tanto en las introducciones como en el cuerpo de las canciones; expresan con gran claridad una actitud heavy, como en Light this city, cuyo ritmo es magistralmente llevado de principio a in. Si bien la velocidad no es la constante en este redondo, la melodía sale bien librada haciendo de este álbum un gran trabajo. Sorprende que se hayan tardado cuatro años para lanzar este disco, sin embargo la espera valió la pena. Aunque Lords of the Trident aún sigue moviéndose en la escena under de su país, es muy probable que tenga una gran acogida en la escena europea donde muchos de su estirpe han logrado brillar. – Heavy Riffs Magazine #29 (April 4th, 2015)
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Madison, Wisconsin metal titans, Lords Of The Trident, usually get slagged for being too cheesy. But once you get past their wacky costumes, goofy stage names and gladiator shtick, you’ll notice that the band has some exceptional musical chops. I saw LotT open for Cage in 2010 at a bar in the middle of nowhere in Janesville, Wisconsin to a crowd of about 18. But the band managed to leave a lasting impression on the few who did attend, including yours truly. On the band’s third full-length album, Frostburn, the tracks are a  combination of classic heavy metal/NWOBHM and European power metal, with slight hints of ’80s hair metal influences. LotT has never been afraid to show its humorous side, but on Frostburn, they get more serious compared to its debut release, Death And Sandwich. 7.5/10 – Kelley Simms, Brave Words (April 1st, 2015)
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Frostburn mostra que ainda é possível escrever grandes hinos de heavy metal seguindo as regras estabelecidas pelos grandes nomes do género. Claramente um nome a acompanhar. 5.7/6 – Pedro Carvalho, Via Nocturna (March 14th, 2015)
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Wow, die Jungs von LORDS OF THE TRIDENT hatte ich jetzt nicht wirklich auf der Rechnung mit einem neuen Album und dann präsentiert man uns so ein Bombenalbum! Da merkt man mal wieder es müssen nicht immer vollmundige Ankündigungen sein, Hauptsache das Ergebnis stimmt. Und das tut es hier auf jeden Fall, mit “Frostburn” präsentieren die Jungs ihr bisher kompaktestes und bestes Album und sollten hoffentlich dieses Mal die Aufmerksamkeit bekommen, die ihnen schon lange gebührt. Eine absolute Kaufempfehlung meinerseits! 9/10 – Rock Garage (March 13th, 2015)
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The opening track “Knights Of Dragon’s Deep” speaks not just for itself but for the album at large: In true DREAM EVIL fashion they bring to the table an album with lots of variation, much fun, very good vocals – really an excellent Power Metal voice -, lots of skills, good riffs with lots of solos and overall just a mood-cheering album! “The Longest Journey” is a very catchy song with cool solos and nice tunes; I am sure these guys performing live would be an amazing experience as the music is totally positive – maybe a little like FREEDOM CALL. 10/10 – Metal Temple (March 16th, 2015)
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Now with this new lease on Lords of the Trident I went in to the rest of the album with a different mindset. Frostburn does have many enjoyable classic metal influenced tracks. The Longest Journey made for a good follow-up to Knights of Dragons Deep. Like the opening track, it is very guitar friendly and the vocal melodies don’t shy away from being both catchy and powerful. Then there’s Winds of the Storm, which I regard as THE guitar track on the album, simply because it’s the guitar playing of this song that I always remember, and while the vocals shine bright and make the song more worth a listen, it’s the fast driving riffs matched with the great pace kept up by St. Vitus on drums that make this song completely worthwhile. 7.5/10  Phil Lisotti. Metal Nation Radio (March 12th, 2015)
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Damit befinden sie sich – wie ´Winds Of The Storm´ schnurstracks beweist – mitunter in bester Gesellschaft zu RIOTs letztem Smasher ´Unleash The Fire´. Vor allem kann der Gesang in kraftvollen ebenso wie in Halford´schen Höhenlagen begeistern. Im schnellen ´Kill To Die´ oder gleichfalls in ´Light This City´ treten die PRIEST-Bezüge fast so offensichtlich zutage, wie es die Engländer CHAOS ASYLUM exerzieren. Aber auch klassische Twin-Gitarren, geboren in der Schmiede der EISERNEN JUNGFRAU, dürfen hier nicht fehlen. Und für die Lead-Gitarren im überragenden Kracher `The Longest Journey´ dürften sich einige Epic-Metaller die Hände abhacken – formidabel. 8.5/10 – Michael Haifl, StreetClip.TV (March 11th, 2015)
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Musikalisch ist das bestes Ohrenfutter für Metalpuristen und Traditionalisten, denn auf „Frostburn“ lassen die LORDS gern auch mal etwas NWOBHM durchklingen und geben sich so einen kleinen MAIDEN-Touch der aber nicht ärgert sondern positiv auffällt, er fügt sich bestens in die US Spielart ein. 4/5 – Thorston, Metal Underground Magazine (March 11th, 2015)
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The sad part of this is that some poor misguided individuals will never give ‘Frostburn’ a chance because they’ve pigeonholed Lords of the Trident as a joke band.  Are they goofy as all hell live?  Yes, albeit in a completely awesome way.  But on this new album, they sound completely serious and dedicated to their craft.  Okay, fine, I’ll grant you that none of us are capable of truly looking into the hearts of men to judge their intentions.  But there’s a reverence to ‘Frostburn’ that, to me at least, conveys that Lords of the Trident aren’t being ironic or taking the piss out of this genre I (and all of you) love.  They’re having fun, sure.  But not at the expense of our beloved classic metal.  Quite simply, the Lords of the Trident have hit their stride on ‘Frostburn’ and the metal world is better for it. 9/10 – Kit Eckman, TrueMetalLives.com (March 2nd, 2015)
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I was expecting a joke band, a sub-par Nanowar with a crappy production and repetitive tunes. I really was. Instead, this music is a well-produced and highly melodic heavy metal that mixes a classic foundation with the right modern elements. Think straightforward heavy metal bands like Hibria but with a bit of fantasy/epic thrown in. Catchy tunes and many opportunities to headbang or sing along await the light-hearted metalhead. – Susan, MetalStorm.net (February 28th, 2015)
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Auch, wenn man angesichts des Mummenschanzes, den die Amerikaner betreiben, eher auf eine Musik zwischen GWAR und SPINAL TAP schließen könnte: „Frostburn“ klingt absolut ernsthaft und alles andere als albern. Geboten wird, und das ist durchaus eine echte Überraschung, ebenso kraftvoller wie melodischer Power Metal, der sich des Besten von JUDAS PRIEST über IRON MAIDEN bis SONATA ARCTICA aus Europa annimmt, eine ordentliche Portion DIO einbringt und das Ganze mit US-typischen Modern-Metal-Elementen vermengt. 12/15 – Lothar Hausfeld, MusicReviews.de (February 23th, 2015)
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Fate come credete: scaricatelo, compratelo nel vostro negozio di fiducia ma, cari metal fan amanti dell’ hard & heavy ottantiano carico di anthem e melodie, fate vostro questo clamoroso album, ultimo lavoro degli americani Lords Of The Trident. 8.5/10 – Alberto Centenari, IYEZine (February 16th, 2015)
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La formación de origen yanki Lords of the Trident,vuelven a la carga con su peculiar forma de entender el Heavy Metal en su vertiente más graciosa y siempre desde la óptica de la parodia,y el resultado les ha funcionado a la perfección. – Metal Hispania (February 14th, 2015)
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LoTT keep the fires of traditional glowing from it’s early NWoBHM roots to it’s current incarnation, mostly found in Europe. Their heavy metal is large on melody and harmony, mostly displayed through the twin guitar harmonies, but also the vocal arrangements. Ty “Fang Von Wrathenstein” Christian has a strong clear voice, and never rages or goes too screamo (well maybe within Kill To Die). Honestly, I think he’s one of the best new heavy metal vocalists out there, and he’s from the States. Gasp. … In the end, and quite plainly, Lords of the Trident’s Frostburn is a fine and entertaining example of how “true” melodic heavy power metal should be done. Accept no substitutes. Recommended. 4.5/5 – Craig Hartranft, Danger Dog Music Reviews (February 11th, 2015)
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80年代の、特に JUDAS PRIEST とか IRON MAIDEN などのクラシックなヘビーメタルファンは、ぜひこのアルバムをチェックしてみてください。- Fuschia, Breath-Fresher.com (February 8th, 2015)
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The Lords of the Trident bill themselves as the rulers of metal and by any standard ‘Frostburn‘ is evidence that claim is backed up by majestic metal indeed. This follow up to ‘Plan of Attack‘ cranks up the band’s resume a few notches as the recording sound and musicianship reaches new levels of awesomeness. This is undoubtedly some of the finest metal on the market. Tune in to ‘Knights of Dragon’s Deep‘ for a taste of the Trident as it’s best. – Rokit Mann, High Voltage Music (February 6th, 2015)

Reviews - A Very Lords of the Trident Christmas

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Να και μια επιστροφή από μια μπάντα που γουστάρω πολύ τους τρελούς Lords Of The Trident που μας έχουν συνηθίσει σε κυκλοφορίες με αρκετή δόση χιούμορ και αυτοσαρκασμού. Εδώ έχουμε να κάνουμε με χριστουγεννιάτικα τραγούδια στο πνεύμα των  Lords Of The Trident που δε θα μπορούσε να είχε παρά ένα παλαβό και αστείο αποτέλεσμα. Και μόνο τους τίτλους να δει κανείς θα καταλάβει, ενδεικτικά αναφέρω τα   «Angels We Have Heard On High» και «Slutty Santa». Διασκεδαστικοί και ανάλαφροι μας προσφέρουν ότι χρειαζόμαστε για τα Χριστούγεννα, μια χαλαρή ατμόσφαιρα με feelgood διάθεση. Έχουμε και τη διασκευή του  «Huey Lewis And The News» από τους The Govermanet Channel που είναι αρκετά αξιοπρεπής και χαβαλετζίδικη. Εντάξει δε λέω ότι είναι και ο δίσκος της χρονιάς αλλά το » A Very Lords Of Trident Christmas έχει μια πολύ σοβαρή αποστολή να φέρει εις πέρας, να μας κάνει απλά να περάσουμε καλά χωρίς βαθυστόχαστες αναλύσεις και περίεργα ψαξίματα. Ακούστε τους και θα καταλάβετε ότι δεν είναι και τόσο κακό που και που να ακούσουμε και κάτι ανάλαφρο που στη τελική δε θα χαλάσει και κανέναν. Ακούστε τους και κολλήστε μαζί τους! 7/10 – Στάθης Αυγέρης, Greek Rebels (March 31st, 2015)

Reviews - Plan of Attack

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“While Plan Of Attack only has four songs, it made enough of an impact on me to include it here. In the midst of all of the songs, Lords Of The Trident’s tongue is planted firmly in their check as they go about parodying the stereotypes of metal similar to the way of Gloryhammer.  It begins with an energetic, in-your-face falsetto charge and ends with a gallop off into the sunset. They have tales of video game assassins, the dreams of Viking warriors, and knights in shining armor. When listening to Plan Of Attack I just couldn’t help but find myself pounding my fists and smiling from ear to ear.” – SpaceKev, BlackWindMetal (January 14th, 2014)
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“A four song EP, Plan of Attack is the perfect dose of metal to get your blood pumping and head banging. Guitar riffs chug along with precision and solos wail from State Street to Valhalla. Combined with lyrics that tell tales of ancient battles and conquest, VonWrathenstein’s wide-ranging voice hits a mark somewhere between Iron Maiden and Tenacious D.” – Andrew Mackens, IndieU (2013)
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“It’s one thing to come up with a theme; it’s another thing entirely to throw yourself into the role with both feet. For Lords Of The Trident, these are not characters or alter egos. They are living this story to the fullest, and making music that completes it. It’s as though they’ve created a time machine that brings history to you, rather than you to history. They’ve conjured up the sounds, the imagery, and the technical ability of the some of the greatest bands of the last few decades, and brought it all back full force in the year 2013. Call this what you will; cheesy, done to death, ancient. Those are all just words. When the album is over and you’ve digested the four songs, you’ll have them lodged somewhere in your brain for a long time to come. For whatever reason, this is the kind of music that lasts, the kind of music that lingers. This is the kind of EP that you’ll go back to time and time again, even when you don’t know why. Based on that alone, “Plan Of Attack” would be worthy of your time. But it’s even better than you think. 8.5/10″ – Darrell Carey, Sorrow Eternal (July 23rd, 2013)
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“As you can tell I am a major fan of this piece of work. As a reviewer hearing something that impacts you and makes you want to listen time and time again is rare. Lords of the Trident have given us a peak under the costumes and what we see is well crafted metal musicians giving us the dose of true heavy metal we have all been missing.” – Bill Knowlton, WeLoveMetal.com (July 10th, 2013)
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“As the self-proclaimed MOST METAL BAND ON EARTH, these lords of tridents really know how to make old school heavy metal with high soaring vocals and rocking guitar lines. Their previous albums are well written but more lighthearted, so I was totally blown away by their “Plan of Attack” EP released this year. I did an extremely entertaining interview with the frontman, Fang VonWrathenstein, that had me laughing my ass off the whole time, but more importantly I realized the potential these guys truly had to make it big. Their music, although it sounds straight out of the speed and heavy metal hall of fame, is completely original and well-written. It’s gritty but melodic, and easy to sing along with, and should definitely get a listen or two from heavy metal fans.” – Mattie Jensen, Metalholic (December 23rd, 2013)
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“Man sollte Humor und Metal nicht gleich verteufeln, denn die Jungs von Lords of the Trident haben es voll drauf. Sie beherrschen ihre Instrumente perfekt und transportieren eine geballte Ladung Heavy “Metal in ihren Songs. Die Band aus Wisconsin ist eine Bereicherung und ich bin gespannt auf ein mögliches Album. Wer also die Möglichkeit hat, die CD zu bekommen, sollte sich diese unbedingt zulegen, denn hier liegt man nicht falsch. 9/10” – NewMetalMedia.de (2013)
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“Overall, Plan Of Attack is very much swords ’n’ sorcery metal and the novelty can certainly grow thin rather quickly. When you cast aside the hokum though, this is still a rollicking listen featuring some intense guitar work and armour-plated chest pounding. 6.5/10″ – Neil Arnold, Metal Forces (September 2013)
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