TRINACRIA - Travel Now Journey Infinitely

Trinacria - Travel Now Journey Infinitely

6 songs
47:13 minutes
***** ***


Black metal just all too often sounds too conservative nowadays, having steered itself into a dead end street, with hardly any hope to find a creative way out. Trinacria come from Norway, which sounds already like a cliché, but the conceptual origins of their album Travel Now Journey Infinitely makes sure that this will be anything but a run of the mill genre album. Instead its heavy reliance on form even sometimes endangers it of becoming too arty. But let’s start at the beginning. Trinacria began originally as a project between Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjornson and the female experimental electro-industrial duo Fe-Mail, commissioned to play a series of concerts together. More and more members, most of them from Enslaved, joined the bill, making Trinacria eventually a real band.

Travel Now Journey Infinitely is a six-parted piece where the septet is playing with the limitations of the black metal genres, which guarantees from the start that this CD never sounds like anything you have heard before, but it’s genre-hopping just too often to make it a very coherent ensemble. The opener Turn-Away is a heavily plodding start but is followed by the excellent The Silence, where progressive black metal à la Emperor is turned through an industrial mangler, making for a whole new listening experience. The symphonic, nearly ten minute long title track which concludes the album is another transcendental experience, where horns are elevating the music into majestic regions. But most of the time, Trinacria try to get their charm of confronting hyperspeed black metal with noisy industrial collages, and it works. Make No Mistake for instance is an example how Steel Pole Bath Tub would have sounded, had they smeared their faces with corpse paint. But they are always best when the final result sounds more homogenic, as on the less noisy parts.

Travel Now Journey Infinitely is a courageous crossover that the black metal genre hasn’t seen in this form yet, and that alone deserves respect. Always good, sometimes sublime, it definitely deserves to be checked out by fans of the dark arts, but also by everybody else who’s into transgressing artistic frontiers.

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