"The Swedish masters of eerie harmonies and dark rituals are back with their second aural bane, which is an EP consisting of 4 songs. It took around 5 years for the renewed line-up to bring this stuff out, but believe me it was pretty worth of the wait.
The band's debut album "World Destruction" (2010) was strong, but somehow I felt less attracted and inspired by the whole musical concept included there. Fortunately, can't say the same regarding the material of "Shadows", as it appears to be maximally bewitching and astonishing. It blends the best moments of Johan "Reaper" Norman transposed from his past heritage (I have to stress on here the following famous hordes: Satanized, Decameron, Dissection and Soulreaper) and being extrapolated to a newer, yet darker dimension.
All the actual musical formulas and visions of Trident are arranged in an exceptional way. Maybe the member changes are the real answer to this success, but whatever happened to them, it made the music of Trident better. The line-up on "Shadows" combines the Nordic forces of Defiler (vocals), Ulv (guitar), Reaper (guitar), Beast (bass) and Goat (drums).
The EP's 22 minutes are about a cold arcane atmosphere that has to do with plenty of ultra-melodic guitar harmonies, harsh screams and constantly changing drum motifs. All this you should imagine in an extreme form, where black metal and death metal meet and unite. The songs of the EP are as follows: "Aftermath", "Dark Nordic Rage", "Shadows" and "Thy Kingdom". The only thing I honestly disliked about the digipak CD version I have is connected to the graphics in general. Don't know how they appeared at the vinyl version, but here we have them very dark, almost in uninterpretable way. Nevertheless, merciless sonic assault is it, thus avidly waiting and looking forward to listen to the 2nd full-length album by Trident!
Imperialist blazes a path into the stars, a path fraught with death, malevolence and horror. Black Metal has never sounded so unique and so perverse. The Singularity, a foreboding track, harbingers a new era of USBM, one of unknown cosmic horrors and brutal intensity. reverendvargoth
Albums like this give me hope for black metal as a whole. This is a breathtaking, sweeping behemoth that will take you on a journey you may not want to come back from. It’s one of my favorite discoveries of the past five years, and I can only hope that they make more CDs. 100% recommended! admiral_stiffplank