Lords of the Trident: The Most Metal Band on Earth
One of the most eccentric bands in the Midwest scene, Lords of the Trident sets itself apart from the pack with an epic origin legend, which vocalist Fang Von Wrathenstein says counts for college credit, and some of the most unforgettable shows this side of Manowar. As such, the band prefers to follow their legendary history in explaining their origins.
“Lords of the Trident formed at the beginning of time when a volcano containing metal and steel erupted and I spewed forth,” begins von Wrathenstein. “It was my solemn vow to put together the most metal band on the face of planet with the heartiest metal warriors ever conceived.”
Following an epic adventure, von Wrathenstein assembled a band of immortals who have all either met terrible, yet epic, fates, or survived to carry on the band’s mission of being “the most metal band on earth.” As such, Lords of the Trident formed, but after numerous lineup changes due to a multi-national paramilitary force hunting and killing their members, the band exists today with the Fang von Wrathenstein (vocals), Asian Metal (guitar), Baron Taurean Helleshaar (guitar), Pontifex Mortis (bass), and Dr. Vitus (drums).
Keeping with their outlandish character, Lords of the Trident plays a mix between classic and power metal, for which the band is known for its soaring vocals, fantasy lyrics, and shredding guitars. And though it should be pretty obvious what style the band fits into, Lords of the Trident’s is the topic of heated discussion.
“Someone once referred to us as Adventure Metal and I like that. I think it resembles a little of Iron Maiden, little bit of more modern influences, and a little bit of the old Dio and that sort of stuff thrown in. Of course, it’s difficult to say what sub-genre you’re in. Nobody can really decide conclusively what genre any band belongs to, so I just leave it up to you,” says von Wrathenstein, though the classic-meets-power metal style is a comfortable description for the Lords.
With their style and legendary beginnings explained, the band’s name is another topic of discussion and is nothing short of amusing in its presentation by von Wrathenstein.
“We got together as a group of immortals and we thought this was awesome, but we couldn’t come up with a name. So, we started drinking but couldn’t think of anything. Eventually, we were about 11 or 12 gallons of beer in and pretty sloshed. Eventually, we wandered down to the Oracle of Delphi and said, alright Oracle, what should be call this kickass band? And she said Lords of the Trident Unite!”
Though the band was divinely inspired to call themselves Lords of the Trident Unite, they felt that they name was a bit too long, so they dropped “unite” and became Lords of the Trident. Not long after they released their debut album Death or Sandwich in 2009 and won critical acclaim in their homeland of Madison, Wisconsin. And though the band looks back at this album as a slightly embarrassing show of their musical glory, the album sold well and became something of a collector’s item after it went out of print.
In the years following Death or Sandwich, the Lords unleashed two more full length albums Chains of Fire and Frostburn, and three extended plays Plan of Attack, A Very Lords of the Trident Christmas and Re:Quests, the latter of which is a cover album made to repay those who donated to the Frostburn fundraising campaign.
Despite immortality and centuries of experience, the band has faced many of the same struggles as other bands including finances, building a brand, and killing fans standing too close to them while playing. To achieve all of this, the band has released seven music videos for their fans to enjoy and hopefully grow immune to their mind melting power before seeing them live. Of these videos two were highly unexpected serious but not serious videos including ‘Djiva’ (A shot for shot remake of Beyonce’s ‘Diva’) and a visual reimagining of Chris Dane Owens’ ‘Shine on Me.’ Both videos were hilarious and well received, though one critic took it a little too seriously and accused the band of being posers among other things, which has become a regular joke for the band since the Djiva video was made solely for the “What the fuck factor.” Regardless, the videos are credited for helping maintain the band’s online presence while they prepare for their US-Canada tour May 27th to June 3rd, as well as a new album, which will be the first full length to feature Baron Taurean Helleshaar after the non-deadly loss of Killius Maximus.
For those who have not yet experienced a Lords of the Trident show, Fang von Wrathenstein describes it as such:
“ A Lords of Trident show is like a giant epic medieval battle condensed down into a 45 minute set complete with bloodshed, fire, explosions, confetti cannons, the sound of thundering hooves charging down the battlefield, the clash of swords, the screams of men as they die in pain and agony, but you know, in power metal form.”
In all seriousness, a Lords of the Trident show is well beyond your usual heavy metal experience. Guitars and microphones are regularly set aflame, swords are swung, and a large confetti cannon in the shape of a trident is fired upon the crowd. Least to say, von Wrathenstein isn’t kidding when he says, “We put as much time and effort into the presentation of the show as we do our music.”
So, what else does this band of immortals have in store for fans other than a yet to be named fourth album and a short tour around the USA and Canada? Well, the band is pretty tight lipped on their plans, but von Wrathenstein has a grandiose vision for a video from ‘Manly Witness’ off of Frostburn but fears it might be too “Michael Bay blockbuster” for their budget. Fortunately, he has a slightly less expensive idea for ‘Kill to Die’, which he didn’t elaborate too much on, but promises a lot of fire. Stay tuned!
By now you’re probably wanting to hear the Lords of the Trident for yourslef. Here’s ‘Winds of the Storm’ and the infamous ‘Djiva’