Released: 2010, Regain
What a fantastic debut effort. It takes a lot of balls to enter the crowded and competitive Black/Death genre these days. However, this pack of veteran Swedish musicians have a lot to offer. I hesitate to use the term ‘super-group’ because at times the term has commercial implications. ‘All-star’ project doesn’t work either and in reality, unless you are an older fan of the Death/Black genres, some of the names might not be familiar. The bottom line is there is a ton of experience and these guys have come together to crate something very interesting.
Without getting into too much history and trivia, Trident features members (at various times) of Dissection, Necrophobic, Grief Of Emerald, Soulreaper, and a handful of others. The end result is a very potent mix of blackened death metal, crushing and razorsharp at the same time. Musically my instant reference points are bands like Naglfar. I’ve always really enjoyed this blend of styles. Lots of guitars up front, harsh vocals and lots of compositional skills. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy bludgeoning technical Death and the wall-of-white-noise approach to Black Metal as much as the next guy, but bands like Trident offer more variety. There are some great, simple solos here but never overstated or overstaying their welcome. There are little hints of acoustic guitar too to add a bit of spice on the slower, more atmospheric tracks such as the instrumental ‘Blackened Souls’.
Overall this is a pretty intense and crushing debut with the combined years of experience and quality brought to the picture by the collective of veterans. For something so harsh this is very listenable. While it may not be the most original the band play to their strengths, great songs, great performances and coupled with strong production you have a winner.