TRINACRIA is a side project from two Norwegian bands: ENSLAVED, that you’ve most likely heard about if you’re browsing this website, and FE-MAIL, a Noise band. The best way to describe this is to call it a blend between Drone, Rock, Sludge (a la ISIS), Black Metal and Noise.
The biggest problem with the album is that it feels like it has multiple personality disorder. “Turn Away” are “Endless Roads” are of the Drone/Sludge variety, “Travel Now Through Infinity” and “Breach” sound like Post-Rock/Post-Metal, and “The Silence” and “Make No Mistake” sound like the belong on a Black Metal record, more specifically ENSLAVED.
I don’t mind the approach of using a limited amount of riffs for one song, even in a long one, if there is proper build-up and an intelligent use of tension, and this is showed best on the two Black Metal-ish songs, where the increased use of Noise samples and distorting the production as the song goes on makes the song sound denser and denser as it goes on.
A similar approach is taken with the other songs, where the Noise samples increase in volume and frequency, start getting stranger and stranger and take a larger role in the overall sound as the song progresses. I like the approach. I just find that there was potential on the Noise artists to have done so much more with their part of the equation. If the Noise stuff didn’t just feel like they were just messing around with equipment and trying to get some cool sounds that goes along with the music, instead of trying to find something that could give it some atmosphere or propel the songs into the next level. They played that aspect of the songwriting relatively safely, which makes it fail to live up to its potential.
I’m not sure if I mind the multiple personalities on the record, because none of the songs sound like they are being performed by the same band, which can be a good thing sometimes, but I find that this could have been so much better than it turned out, due to the inclusion of the Noise musicians.
Good, but a bit disappointing.
(Online November 2, 2008)