Lords of the Trident
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Lords of the Trident

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | SELF

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
Band Metal Rock




"Chains on Fire CD Review - Hardrock Haven"

"Lords of the Trident plays the kind of traditional metal that’s clearly inspired by Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, and isn’t too far removed from bands like Widow and Twisted Tower Dire. The band has a great twin lead guitar sound, clichéd (in a good way) metal lyrics, and knows their way around some wicked melodies. It also helps that they’ve got a vocalist with a unique sound and an impressive range. ...Chains on Fire is every bit as good as recent releases by fellow traditional metal revivalists like Split Heaven, Arctic Flame and Thunderblast. It’s just a good, solid heavy metal album from a band that doesn’t take things too seriously, which makes for a much more enjoyable listening experience." - Hardrock Haven

"Chains on Fire CD Review - Nightspirit Magazine"

"The actual overall sound is nothing short of impressive considering that it is an independent record...To be honest this is probably one of the most original things I have heard in quite some time...Strong rhythm figures from the guitar, rather dramatic solos, drums exciting and complex, and bass lines that you could build a house on top of." - Nightspirit Magazine

"Local Sounds Review"

"Lords of the Trident kick ass...threads of Dio and Iron Maiden wove themselves through the chainmail of hard rock antics with all the audacity and none of the pretense. ... But you haven't even heard the balls out riffage, singer Fang VonKilenstein's falsetto fury, and the nimble fingers of lead guitarists Asian Metal and Killius Maximus." - Local Sounds Magazine

"Chains on Fire CD Review - Rock Realms"

"The band's sound is heavier than rock but not always bombastic enough to be metal. There are elements of Judas Priest, Praying Mantis, Magnum and Iron Maiden mixed with bar room rock 'n' roll. The result is very appealing with plenty of catchy songs and great riffs catching the attention again and again. " - Rock Realms

"Chains on Fire CD Review - Powerplay Magazine"

"Chains on Fire - 7/10"
- Martin Howell, Powerplay Magazine (UK) (Jan 26, 2012) - Powerplay Magazine (UK)

"Chains on Fire CD Review - Uber Rock"

"A quality twin guitar attack and vocalist who can out do Bruce Dickinson in the hold-a-note stakes are proof that these nostalgia loving metal freaks should be heard before you assume the worst due to their image. Song titles such as 'Skyforce', 'Chains On Fire', 'The Metal Sea' and 'The Enforcer' sum up all that the Tridents are about." - Uber Rock

"Maximum Ink Review"

"The Lords are showmen at heart. They strive to bring people into the genre of heavy metal who would typically dismiss it without a second thought...Through the ups and downs of the local scene these guys have really stuck by their guns, and branded their own little piece of the Madison scene and the metal genre." - Maximum Ink Magazine

"Chains on Fire CD Review"

"..Lords have the songs and the talent to pull it all together. Classic metal is the order of the day here with Iron Maiden and Helloween being obvious influences. There is variety in the bands writing styles going from the fast, galloping rock of Chains On Fire and Followers Of Set, classic AOR with Fighting For Love and even a bit of pirate rock on The Metal Sea. Vocalist Fang has a good range, even slipping into Justin Hawkins falsetto territory on a few tracks and the band all put in an admirable performance. This is an excellent release from a band that look like they would be well worth seeing live, their stage act apparently involves them setting each other alight and the band having mock battles on stage! One surprise though was that I had the band down as hailing from either Sweden or Germany going by their sound, but they are in fact from Wisconsin which came as a bit of a shock, so if you fancy a bit of US metal with a very European slant..." 4/5 - Get Ready to Rock

"Thoughts of Metal"

"Chains On Fire" is an entertaining album for fans of the pureness of Heavy Metal. - Thoughts of Metal

"The Onion Review"

"Gauntlet-sporting frontman Fang VonWrathenstein pumps his macho mid-range and screeching falsetto in a silly yet affectionate approximation of Bruce Dickinson, and dual-lead guitarists Asian Metal…and Killius Maximus…pull off a decent combination of galloping riffs and harmonized solos." - The Onion


2009 - Death or Sandwich (CD)
2010 - Live at the Frequency (DVD)
2010 - MAXMas 2010 (Christmas Single)
2011 - Chains on Fire (CD)
2011 - Chains on Fire (Music Video)
2011 - Face of the Enemy (Music Video)
2011 - Chains on Fire CD Release Party (DVD)
2011 - MAXMas 2011 (Christmas Single)



Fang VonW. was born when a volcano containing metal and steel erupted at the beginning of time. His one and only mission: create the most metal band in the world. He searched across the land for many centuries, until during his travels in Greece, he heard the sound of sweep picking emanating from a cave. After fighting off the man-eating bats with his bare hands, he came upon the one known only as the Socrates of Shred. Socrates imparted his sage advice upon Fang, and the next stop was the top of the tallest mountain in Japan: Mt. Yuufretokuwiku. Quickly ascending the treacherous mountain by riding on a cloud of pure shredding guitar, they met the fierce guitar warrior known as Asian Metal. After a three day battle that left most of the surrounding mountainside in ruins (and most of its inhabitants deaf), Asian Metal decided to join the warriors on their quest.

On the voyage across the Pacific Ocean, their ship was attacked by the fierce and proud Captain Bluddbeard, whose proficiency with the bass was so well known that the waves themselves would run in fear from the swelling sounds emanating from his pirate ship. During the battle, all four of the warriors happened to strike the same chord at the same time, causing a giant tsunami which flung the two ships across the sky, eventually crash landing in Southern Wisconsin. Striking a truce, the band was now almost complete. Suddenly, from a rip in the fabric of space and time itself stepped the cyborg DANALOG. Hailing from the equatorial submersible cities of the future, DANALOG explained to the warriors that the convergence of their explosive sound without a uniting beat could threaten to destroy the very fabric of the universe.

However, during one of the Lords' most epic battles, one of DANALOG's arm servos became jammed. A tremendous buildup of pressure caused the cyborg to explode, creating a massive crater that reached to the depths of Hell itself. Seizing his chance, the demon king Korgoth escaped from Hell through the crust and emerged from the crater, hungry for souls. Socrates, in his wisdom, immediately challenged the demon king to a guitar duel - a challenge Korgoth could not deny under demon law. As the battle raged, the surrounding landscape was reduced to rubble from the tremendous force of the sonic waves. Socrates stunned the demon with his flawless sweep arpeggios, then shattered his guitar with a pinch harmonic. The demon king, now enslaved, became the new demonic drummer for the Lords.

Soon after, the LORDS manifested what mankind now knows as the most metal album ever conceived: "Death, or Sandwich". Following numerous highly publicized incidents of spontaneous combustion and/or face melting due to listening to the CD's contents, a shadowy multinational group known only as "SPIDR" amassed an army of the most battle-hardened special ops soldiers they could find. Their mission: find and imprison the LORDS in order to use their unimaginable power as a weapon. Their first target was the Socrates of Shred. Although Socrates managed to destroy a large number of the soldiers, the group's leader (codename: Red Widow) knocked him out from behind. Imprisoned, the Socrates of Shred decided to take his own life rather than be turned into a weapon. The resulting implosion wiped the prison (and a large section of the countryside) off of the map.

Weakened, but not yet defeated, the LORDS began their search for a new guitarist, all the while keeping a watchful eye for the agents of SPIDR. Traveling to Rome, the LORDS decided to attend the games at the Colosseum. There they encountered the famed Killius Maximus, an undefeated gladiator whose only weapon was shred guitar. Admiring his skill, Asian Metal lept into the area and challenged him to a duel. Their furious playing eventually led to a massive earthquake, destroying much of the city and leaving many sections of the Colosseum in ruins. After this impressive display, the LORDS were in agreement: Killius Maximus would be the new guitarist. But this would not be the end of strife for the LORDS...

During a short break from touring, Captain Bluddbeard and his crew decided to set sail in search of a legendary treasure in the middle of the treacherous sea graveyard known only as La Boca Del Diablo. Using his immeasurable skill to navigate the deadly rock formations, the Captain was near his prize. Suddenly, and without warning, a gigantic mechanical shark leapt out from the black sea, devouring the ship and all of its inhabitants. Broken, bleeding, and grasping at life, Captain Bluddbeard continued to pound away furiously at his bass, trying to escape the clutches of Davey Jones' Locker. From the abyss, Death appeared. The Captain pounded his bass against even Death himself, but was no match. With his last breath, he begged Death to assist the LORDS in finding a replacement. Death agreed.

Shortly thereafter, Death appeared to the LORDS and informed them of the Captain's demise. The LORDS