A brief, cacophonous, quasi war metal intro with Abbath-like vocals pronouncing some indecipherable gibberish, followed by minimalist and recklessly fast riffs could fool one into thinking Trident Wolf Eclipse is precisely an Immortal clone.
In truth, there are mid-paced sections interspersed here and there, as well as a few stolen Mayhem riffs to mitigate the onslaught of the indecipherable and impetuously fast sections.
This upgrades this release to a later Immortal clone. Although “upgrade” is probably not the most accurate descriptor here.
The undeniable best and most valuable product of extremely fast, loud and unrelenting black metal has been contributed in the last decade by albums like Verminlust and in the veritable modern classic The Epilogue to Sanity.
Immortal, on the other hand, was always a wild abandon to mindless, truly mindless, speed and minimalism for the sake of it, and more importantly for the joke of it (just read their retard lyrics).
But while Immortal are explicitly joking about everything they write about, while staying somewhat stylistically offensive by calling their music Holocaust Metal and joking about voting Adolf Hitler, Watain manage to sound like a parody more easily acceptable among the Arch Enemy extreme metal crowd.
The three words “Trident Wolf Eclipse” composing the title are, in themselves, more than enough warning that this should be placed besides the likes of Behold.Total.Rejection and Death Cult Armageddon.
The only difference is that Dimmu Borgir triumphs in the same way that Brokencyde does: by embracing the joke and being happy with it.
Fans of Slipknot, Six Feet Under, Gorgoroth, Behemoth and Pantera will find this release palatable and fashionable.