LORDS OF THE TRIDENT FANTASY METAL FROM WISCONSIN   Band Question answer by Fang Von Wrathenstein
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? I, Fang Von Wrathenstein, have been around since the dawn of time. I emerged out of a volcano containing metal and steel near the formation of the earth, and began my quest to put together a band of the strongest immortal metal warriors you’ve ever heard. Obviously, the backstory of the band’s formation and evolution is quite long, as it stretches over centuries, but those brave enough to read the entire thing can find it on our website, LordsOfTheTrident.com, under about -> bio. I’ve heard that most colleges in the US will give English credit if one reads all the way through the Homer-esque story that is our Bio. Currently in the band we’ve got myself, Fang VonWrathenstein, on lead vocals, Asian Metal on lead guitar, Baron Taurean Helleshaar on lead guitar, Pontifex Mortis on lead bass, and Master Hercule “Herc” Schlagzeuger on lead drums. We took a short 750-year hiatus after our 1342 tour (dubbed by reviewers as the “black plague” tour due to the missteps of our PR agent at the time), and resurfaced in 2008. What does the band name mean and how do you get it? When we formed as a band, we had a really contentious time picking out a name for ourselves. It seemed like everyone had a different idea of what they wanted to be called. So, after a gallon or two of mead & ale, we drunkenly made our way to the Oracle of Delphi, hoping she could alleviate our quest for a name. After a bunch of writhing around on the ground, she screamed out “Lords of the Trident Unite!”...so that’s what we called ourselves. We thought it was a bit too long, though, and decided to shorten it to just “Lords of the Trident”. Where and how was the band founded? At the beginning of time! As immortal warriors, we’ve been around forever. However, we took a short 750-year hiatus after our disasterous 1342 “black plague” tour. We resurfaced in 2008. Have you played in other bands before? I’ve dabbled in some other musical projects during the hiatus. Messed around with a local rock band. The Baron used to play in Luna Mortis, which was signed to Century Media. Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Oh, absolutely! Our audition process is one of the most grueling out there, as we expect musical proficiency AND superb battle skills. It’s hard to find the perfect mix of the two! What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Every song is a bit different, but we tend to stick to tales of battle and bloodshed, or futuristic dystopic visions. I’m the primary lyric writer. Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? It’s hard for us to answer this question, since we technically pre-date all these bands, but we really love classic metal: Iron Maiden, Dio, Priest, etc. as well as a lot of modern metal like Scar Symmetry. I would describe our sound as just that: a powerful mix of classic and modern metal influences. Why should people listen to our music? Because if they don’t, they’re missing some of the best metal around, and are therefore UNWORTHY! When we pillage their village, we shall burn their houses to the ground FIRST! Your debut album Death or Sandwich is from the year 2009. How satisfied have you been with the album almost ten years later? Haha, we TRIED to stop selling that album. It’s our first, we didn’t really know what we were doing recording-wise, and I feel like it sounds very much like a “first album”. A record company in Ohio paid for us to re-print it, so we’ve still got copies on hand, much to our collective chagrin. Chains on Fire is your second album from 2011. What is your favorite song on it? The Metal Sea! Still a crowd favorite, and the song we end with most nights! Your third album Frostburn also appeared in 2015 on the label killer metal records. How did you work together and how satisfied were you? It was a great partnership. The folks at Killer Metal were able to put us in touch with a number of people in the European metal community that we had never met before. The partnership was struck by our PR manager at the time. I think the cover by Frostburn is very good. Who has drawn it and why is there no shirt for me shirt collectors? All of our art from Plan of Attack onwards was created by Andreas Zafiratos from Greece. He’s an amazing artist that we met online. In terms of shirts - we print all of our own shirts by hand, so something with that many colors would be impossible or VERY expensive! Haha! Shadows from the Past Your last album was released in August 2018. How long did the work take and how did it help you? It took us about four months of recording and two months of mixing and mastering to complete the album, so about 6 months total. We’re incredibly happy with how this album turned out. We all feel that this is our best album so far! There's a Japanese version of Shadows from the Past: What do you expect from this? We’ve got a couple of extra songs for the Japanese market that haven’t been released yet. We’re still looking for a Japanese label to carry the album. Hopefully we should find someone soon! What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? Since our hiatus? I actually remember seeing Reel Big Fish in the early 90s. I also saw the Baron’s old band (Luna Mortis) before I ever had met him. Crazy coincidence! Would you like to play live in Europe? Yes! In fact, we have plans for a European tour in 2019. What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Since 2008, we’ve played over 250 live shows, and we’ve played with more bands than I can even remember. Some of the best people we’ve ever opened for include The Protomen, Unleash the Archers, Skeletonwitch, Steel Panther, 3 Inches of Blood, and Helloween. Those were all incredibly fun shows! Have already resulted in friendship ? Absolutely! In fact, Brittney from Unleash the Archers sang on Shadows from the Past! Who would you like to play live with and why? I’d love to do another tour with Unleash the Archers. They are some of the most amazingly kind individuals you’ll ever meet. Not only that, their musicianship is top notch. With what do you earn your money except with the music? Until our Patreon grows big enough for all of us to quit our day jobs, we all have secretive professions we do during the day. I work with computers in a research lab. Very few people know I’m actually an immortal metal warrior! How important are social media for you as a band? Very important! It’s the main way we reach our fanbase! What would you want to achieve with the band? Total and complete global domination of music! Or, you know, a living wage would be nice too. What do you think about the Wisconsin metal scene in general? I love our local scene! There are a lot of great up-and-coming bands in the area, and mostly everyone is very supportive. It tends to lean a little bit more towards the death metal side of things, but I think the tide is changing a bit on that. Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Absolutely! Droids Attack and Conniption are two of my absolutely favorite local metal bands. PERSONAL QUESTIONS ! Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up with adoptive barbarian parents. We were nomadic, so we moved around a lot. Childhood was full of battles and war cries, so pretty much exactly the same as today. How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? In general, I was a pretty good student. I tended to get bored easily, though. How did your parents react when you started making metal music? Did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? They were very supportive! Lots of musicians in my family, so they completely understood the desire to create. Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I hope so! If people continue to join our Patreon (patreon.com/lordsofthetrident) we will! Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? Or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I like a good medium-sized city. Our current city (Madison, WI) is a nice mix of big city with small city features. Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I do a lot of weird sports - Tae Kwon Do, Parkour, etc. Nothing really traditional! When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you I’m not that good of a cook! My barbarian wife cooks most of our meals, which is good, because I’d probably burn it all! What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? They’re all incredibly supportive! Part of the reason we’re able to do what we do is via the support of our friends! How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I don’t think those people realize how incredibly draining their hate can be. Mostly we just ignore it, but I also find myself hoping that someday they’ll realize that they’re just being jerks. What do you think about the internet in general? A  blessing or a curse? I LOVE the internet! It’s the source of so many cool things. We’re able to exist and get bigger due to the internet! What would you personally like to do in your life? Make metal for a living while still being able to make enough money to eat food every once and awhile. Beer too. Which question would you like to have answered and why? How many pounds of hair did I cut off in my entire lifetime? I think it would be funny to know. Wisconsin Cheese & beer - what more do you need? Austria Sounds amazing, would love to visit! The hills are aliiiiiive….. Green Bay Packers I’m not really a sports guy, but the Baron & Ponty loves ‘em! Harley-Davidson Cool bikes! Lord of the Rings Some of the best movies ever made! Iron Maiden or Manowar Iron Maiden. Manowar STILL won’t answer my challenge to fight them in a steel cage. Sword or Axe Axe! Beer Anything dark, sweet, & strong. Bonus points if it was aged in a bourbon barrel. Junk-Food I love Sour Patch Kids and pretzels. Not at the same time, obviously. Dragons Slay ‘em! Fantasy Anyone who hates on fantasy probably has a really shitty life. Cola I prefer Coke to Pepsi Movie or Series Game of Thrones, for sure! 10 Album all time faves That’s so hard! I’d say The Protomen - Act II Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress Pearl Jam – Binaural Unleash the Archers – Apex Anthem – Immortal The Midnight - Endless Summer Mr. Children - It’s a Wonderful World The Darkness - Permission to Land Porter Robinson - Worlds The closing word is yours If you want to support our quest of world domination, support your LORDS
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