Trident - North

9 songs
59:31 minutes
***** ***
Non Serviam


Swedish black death metal band Trident has been around since 2007, but their second album North came out only in 2020, ten years since their debut World Destruction. The musicians all look rather fierce, and the music sounds accordingly.

But let’s get back to 2007, which was just one year after the dissolution of Dissection. After their vocalist Jon Nödtveidt took his own life in 2016, guitarist Johann Normann founded Trident, a band inspired by the early melodic black metal years of Dissection. Trident don’t hide that there are parallels between both bands, but there are of course also differences. Whenever Trident up the pace, you’ll clearly notice thrash metal influences that you wouldn’t have had with Dissection.

After a too long intro, Trident show with Death what they are all about. The listener is pummelled with a barrage of brutal guitar riffs that take some time to digest. It’s also striking that the songs are with one exception all over six minutes long. The plentiful pace changes make sure that the songs never lack suspense. There is also enough variety to make the listening experience worthwhile. Imperium Romanum is a rather hectic piece of music whereas Summoning begins as a traditional harsh black metal track before it takes a Viking metal turn. The very martial sounding Pallbearers Hymn is another great moment what would also have worked well on an early Venom album. If you like your black metal in a more symphonic way, you will be delighted with Possession. The penultimate North is also the title track for which a rather artful lyric video has been made. The albums ends with the nearly eleven minute long Schaman which treats the audience with occult parts but also orchestral arrangements that remind of Celtic Frost’s glory days.

At first I was afraid that Trident were just another black death metal band, just another drop in the ocean. The long intervals between releases – although there was a four track EP released in 2015 – is due to the fact that the musicians are perfectionist: everything has to be just the right way before it can be published. The songs on North are thought through and will appeal to fans of the early Dissection.

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