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The Lords Have Spoken. - 85%

Immortally_Insane, August 1st, 2013

Miles above their previous albums in production quality and catchy hooks, Plan of Attack shows serious promise, and provides undeniable excitement for the band’s third full length. It’s four tracks of non-stop hook after hook, classic heavy metal, proving that Lords of the Trident will be one of the big up and coming names in 2013.

Plan of Attack kicks off with the track “Complete Control” which the band released as the single for the EP and just started recording an official music video for. It is definitely a great way to sum up the band’s sound, as it pulls influence ranging from the 1980′s hair metal days, to modern thrash, with a pinch of Three Inches of Blood thrown in. The first thing to noticeably stand out (besides the falsetto vocal style) is the extremely crunchy guitar and great driving bass. The drums are a little hollow in the mixing, but the hard rock drum lines are perfect for the music style.

“Plan of Attack”, the title track, has great moving and harmonized guitar work, bringing quite the epic feel to the song from the start. Personally, my favorite song on the album is “Song of the Wind and Sea” which is a driving song, yet softer and slower tempo than the rest of the EP. The vocal work is breathtaking, and the musicianship behind them are perfectly balanced between acoustic and edgy. “The Joust” closes up the EP, at over seven minutes long, it maintains the demanding attention it deserves throughout.

Showing a nice balance between true modern metal edge and a classic metal style, the EP proves to be capable of attracting fans all across the metal genres. Lords of the Trident will easily become a household name (for those of us in metal households anyway) in 2013. I look forward to hearing a new full length, but until then I will enjoy this 21 minutes and 47 seconds of hard-as-steel heavy metal!

[Originally written for TheMetalReview.com]