|Review: Lords of the Trident - Shadows from the Past|
|Shadows from the Past|
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 19, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Shadows from the Past
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.
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