Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (Review)

Watain's Trident Wolf Eclipse Failure.
Watain’s Trident Wolf Eclipse Failure.

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).

Trident Wolf Eclipse, poser metal.
Trident Wolf Eclipse, poser metal.

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.

These Swedes purport to be more – by calling “pagan posers” out – while not being able to take themselves entirely seriously because, let’s face it, Watain’s music is just terrible on all levels.

Fans of Slipknot, Six Feet Under, Gorgoroth, Behemoth and Pantera will find this release palatable and fashionable.

5 thoughts on “Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (Review)

  1. The undeniable best […] product of extremely fast, loud and unrelenting black metal has been contributed in the last decade by albums like Verminlust

    Whatever do you mean? ‘Verminlust’ is not extremely fast (on average) nor minimalist… but are you saying it’s the product of those traits? What the FUCK. lol. Seriously asking though.

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    1. The author was probably pointing more towards the traits of loud and unrelenting more than anything else, because it is the only trademark of Immortal and its clones.

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    2. Verminlust is not extremely fast? There are shitloads of blasts and double-time beats and I’m guessing they’re played around the 180-200 BPM mark. If that isn’t extremely fast then what is? Sounds like someone has never sat behind a set of drums.

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      1. No, it still isn’t extremely fast, on average across the duration of the album. The drummer (Warlord, I think) plays a lot of fast beats. He also mixes them up creatively, such that he goes in and out of double-time, half-time, etc. A good example of this variety is heard on ‘Endless Tears of a Shattered Hourglass’

        ‘Extremely fast album’ evokes for me:
        – indeed, Phantom ‘The Epilogue to Sanity’
        – Morbid Angel ‘Altars of Madness’
        – Angelcorpse ‘Exterminate’
        – Marduk ‘Panzer Division’
        – hell… Reiklos ‘Lifeless’

        I’ve never bothered with Immortal, they are a one trick pony. And 1349 too.

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      2. You have got to be joking me.

        Compare how many notes occur in any given stretch of time throughout Verminlust with Marduk or Morbid Angel. I happen to have Verminlust on my laptop and a metronome on my phone (which will not be exact given human error) so let me do a quick scan of the tracks and tap out some BPMs for you.

        Twisted Labyrinth starts off at 230 BPM. That’s faster than Morbid Angel ever played. Ever.

        Endless Tears… is really close, maybe 227.

        One of my favourites, In Memory of the Darkest Abyss is a “slower” track that still registers about 220, which is barely slower than the speed at which Marduk played their fastest.

        I needn’t continue. Verminlust is mathematically a fast-as-fuck album. In fact, I challenge you to find something that outpaces it. I could probably point to a few brutal death metal or grind albums but they will be barely faster at best, and all use drum machines (Vermin doesn’t).

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