The Pitch: The latest album from Swedish black metal stalwarts, Watain, via Century Media Records.""After 20 years of carving our own path through and out of the world, Trident Wolf Eclipse feels like a worthy point of arrival indeed. One of power and force, shining a new harsh light upon all that has been, those that perished along the way, the life altering struggle and triumphant ecstasy of Watain." FFO: Taake, Mayhem, Satyricon
What I Like: I've never been a hardcore Watain follower, but their music has always been good enough to warrant checking out new material. If there is only one thing to appreciate about these guys, it's that the aggression and bitterness are incredibly potent. Watain are a destructive force to be reckoned with, and they bring the punk-tinged grimness forged by Mayhem to the modern era. Tracks like "Ultra (Pandemoniac)," in particular, really illustrate the band's penchant for violence and willingness to get a little bit rock and roll with the guitars.
Critiques: Trident Wolf Eclipse is overall a pretty generic, typical black metal outing. Aside from a handful of highlights, there aren't too many moments that stand out, and much of it is forgotten only a few minutes later.
The Verdict: For black metal purists, Trident Wolf Eclipse is an enjoyable album that should fulfill your basic needs. However, if you're like me and have come to expect more from the genre over the years, you won't miss much passing on this one.
Flight's Fav's: Nuclear Alchemy, Ultra (Pandemoniac), Towards The Sanctuary
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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