Jasper : Through their last couple of albums, Enslaved has definitely traded in their drinking horn for a fuming waterpipe, and even a headlining position on the stoner festival Roadburn belongs to the possibilities these days. You might wonder if these Norwegians can stroll even further from the "true” (black) metal path. Enslaved likes to confirm this with this both deafening and impressive side-project Trinacria.
Ivar Bjørnson's characteristic guitar parts are clearly audible. As are Ice Dale's. Even Grutle Kjellson's deadly screams are nothing out of the ordinary from a regular Enslaved album. The diversion starts with drummer Iver Sandøy (Manngard, Emmerhoff), who keeps his pace on a militaristic Ministry-like height, while at some points also diving into Cult Of Luna-like postcore depths. Trinacria really does sound different. Most songs are more like pre-studies for later Enslaved songs, with their endless riff repetitions, and wavy (non-)song structures. And let's not forget the prominent noise elements and spooky sound effects.
Those last mentioned additions are the feminine touch of Trinacria, embodied by the Norwegian noise artists Maja Ratkje and Hild Sofie Tafjord (Fe-mail). They signed for the industrial influences on 'Travel Now Journey Infinitely' and these parts especially make Trinacria sound like something completely new. We would not want this to sound like another Enslaved record, as one will be on its way as we speak. In the mean time the real metal adventurers will need all of their time exploring this little gem.