With more than a little bravado, Lords of the Trident call themselves 'the most metal band on earth.' Looking at them they remind more of the nerds who dress up for live action Dungeons & Dragons role playing in your community park. You know who I mean: the guys that stoners and bikers beat up every Saturday afternoon.
Then these dude have some goofy stage names: Fang VonWrathenstein and Killius Maximus. And everybody plays lead in this band: lead vocals, lead guitar, lead bass. You get the idea. I think LotT is having a lot fun straddling the line between parody and reality.
Actually, their latest four song EP, Plan of Attack, shows that these guys are pretty darn good at playing classic melodic heavy and power metal. Complete Control is speedy charging number straight out of Eighties metal, reminding some of Judas Priest. (I think the band does some Priest covers in their live show.) Plan of Attack, also quick, delivers a great melody and catchy chorus. Son of the Wind of the Sea slows things down with steady, yet heavier, movement that develops into a metal anthem with lots of soaring guitar work. The finale, The Joust, finds the band going after a longer more epic tale akin to an Iron Maiden song.
Throughout the musicianship is crisp with Fang VonWrathenstein offering solid melodic metal vocals, and Killius Maximus and Asian Metal showing that metal guitar solos rule. Production comes from engineer Doug Olson (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick,) and drummer Martin Atkins (NIN, Killing Joke, Pigface, et al) making the sound vibrant and alive. Plan of Attack is solid 'keep it true' metal, possibly some of the finest I've heard on the American side of the Atlantic. However, after two full-length albums, they should come back with more. Otherwise, easily recommended.
Plan of Attack is solid 'keep it true' metal, possibly some of the finest I've heard on the American side of the Atlantic this year.
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