LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – FROSTBURN
RELEASED: February 13th, 2015
Usually when a band says somewhere (on their Facebook page or their website etc.) that they are the “most metal band on Earth,” they already don’t look good on paper. When band members have names such as Fang VonWrathenstein on lead vocals or Asian Metal on guitar or – my favourite – Killius Maximus also on guitar, that’s when I really don’t know what to think. Upon being given Lords of the Trident‘s Frostburn album for review, these are the first impressions I got of the band. Oh, and the other two band members are Pontifex Mortis on bass and (another favourite) Dr. Vitus on drums. I hoped dearly that their music did much more talking than their gimmick.
I guess the gimmick did work though, cause it made me anxious to start listening to Frostburn and see if my impression was completely right or completely wrong. Frostburn’s opening track, Knights of Dragon’s Deep is what I expected from Lords of the Trident. It’s loud and very guitar friendly and Fang’s vocals sound like they come from medieval times. I have to admit, however, that the song is quite catchy and I do enjoy it.
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.
But then there comes Manly Witness which at first seems promising, in fact I love the music – it takes a hair metal influence to it – but that gimmick that I mentioned, the one that has Lords of the Trident trying to sound/look like a mix of medieval knights and vampire slayers plagues the lyrics and makes the song wrongfully sound half assed. After about halfway through the first verse I’ve already had enough of the song. Kill To Die loses me almost right away too, mostly thanks to Fang’s high pitch voice. He sounds like he’s trying to emulate King Diamond. Frankly, if I wanted to hear someone try to sound like King Diamond, I’d rather listen to King Diamond, now 58, try to emulate his younger self. What Kill to Die has going for it, however, is that it’s one of the faster songs on the album.
Those are really the only two tracks from Frostburn I feel deserve negative feedback as I find songs like Haze of the Battlefield (the song that comes between Manly Witness and Kill to Die) to be one of the better songs on the album. It has the best structure, starting off acoustically, then going into a slow doom metal sound which quickly changes into a faster chorus. Even the guitar solo sounds much more structured and far less showy than all other solos on the album. Den of the Wolf and Light This City also provide good solid heavy metal. The former of the two doesn’t really sound much different from the rest of the album, which is good and bad, but Light This City has that sound that makes the song a good song to drive too. I never really knew the word to describe that sound, but it gives Lords of the Trident some more credibility aside from being medieval vampire slayers.
Frostburn ends with Shattered Skies. It comes right after a minute long orchestra/acoustic guitar instrumental called The Cloud Kingdom. I’d expect Lords of the Trident to know how to end an album. They seem to take influence from plenty of bands who always end albums on epic proportions. I have to admit that Shattered Skies doesn’t disappoint as an album closer. It doesn’t sound the same as the rest of the songs on the album, but it maintains the sound (and gimmick) that they want to be known for and they embrace it for one more song, reminding us what they are all about.
So my first impression of Lords of the Trident was both right and wrong. I was in for an album filled with castles and swords and dragons taking up most of the lyrics, but I have little negative to say about the songs. I mean, they can kind of start to sound the same when listening to Frostburn in the wrong mindset, sure. They are also far from original in their approach. But what’s important is that Frostburn is a very listenable album with solid metal anthems that should please classic metal lovers such as myself.
Reviewed by Rock Review Phil
“Knights of the Dragon’s Deep” – I don’t know what my favourite track from Frostburn is. It doesn’t have that truly standout track that would make choosing the highlight easier. But I think the song that first got stuck in my head was Knights of the Dragon’s Deep, the chorus especially. It’s one of many songs on the album that, if a first timer such as myself were to listen to, it would give the listener the perfect impression of what they are in for when listening to Lords of the Trident.
7.5 (Out of 10)
|1||Knights of Dragon’s Deep||4:40|
|2||The Longest Journey||5:16|
|3||Winds of the Storm||4:28|
|5||Haze of the Battlefield||5:09|
|6||Kill to Die||4:15|
|7||Den of the Wolf||5:35|
|8||Light This City||6:13|
|9||The Cloud Kingdom||0:57|