|Review: Trinacria - Travel Now, Journey Infinitely|
|Travel Now, Journey Infinitely|
Label: Indie Recordings
Year released: 2008
Review online: November 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Kevin Church
for:Travel Now, Journey Infinitely
I honestly have no idea how to classify this album. If you're looking for noise, well, there's definitely a lot of it here. If you're looking for Enslaved, there's definitely a bit of modern Enslaved in there, as well. If you're looking for an Opeth-sounding album, well, that just might be here, as well.
To quote from Myspace: "Trinacria was originally a composition by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved), Maja S. K. Ratkje and Hils Sofie Tafjord (both from Fe-mail), commissioned by Rikskonsertene for a concert series. The line-up was completed by Grutle Kjellson, Ice Dale (both from Enslaved), Iver Sandøy (Emmerhoff) and Espen Lien." So as you can see, most of Enslaved is there, along with the two individuals from Fe-mail, which I understand to be a well-known "noise" band, also from Norway.
Speaking of noise, to be perfectly honest, I don't think I've ever listened to an album that had more feedback, "fuzz", or general noise and all-around shit applied to it, save for maybe a mid-90's Nine Inch Nails album (yes, in my weaker moments) along the way. What a bloody mess!
The album starts off reasonably well, with the lead-off track "Turn Away"; albeit a rather repetitive endeavour (to say the least), it's definitely an intriguing track and it does somehow manage to grasp the attention of the listener. In fact, I rather enjoyed it at first, and was quite excited about the prospect of listening to the rest of the album. A similar description can be applied to the closing track "Travel Now, Journey Infinitely", which I first heard streaming on the bands' Myspace page. It definitely harkens back to the modern sounding Enslaved of Isa and Runn notoriety. But, everything in-between the opening and closing tracks is downright bizarre and unlistenable; too much so even for this open-minded individual. I think the idea may have seemed cool at the time, but in the end, this eclectic assortment of musicians was only capable of penning a mediocre opener and a moderate closer, with a bunch of filler in between.
In summary: save your money. This is a difficult statement for me to make, as I am a supporter of independent music and those bands that choose to tempt fate by exploring the vast regions of musical expression. That being said, I would be very interested in speaking to those involved in the project to learn first-hand as to what substance they had smoked and/or otherwise consumed during the creative process, as I'm sure I could use a bit of it right about now.
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