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Traveling...but no journey in sight. - 65%

SilkySmoothSex, August 12th, 2008

I am a big fan of Enslaved, and Grutle Kjellson and Ivar Bjorson of Enslaved are founding members of this project. Along with several other members from Audrey Horne(heavy metal/rock) and Fe-Mail(noisecore). And this band is exactly what you think it would be: a blend of rock, black metal, and noisecore.

Their debut album "Travel Now, Journey Infinitely", seems to have an identity crisis. Before the album was released, Trinacria had a few songs from live shows that did not make it to the album. Plain and simple, the live songs were better.

A natural assumption is that a noisecore/blackmetal band would go for the cold, dark, droning, hopeless sound that would be appropriate for the blending of these styles, which the live songs were. This album though, in its entirety, leaves you feeling like they completely forgot their purpose for forming this project.

Most songs consist of just one riff a piece, with several change ups here and there. And while the riffs aren't particularly brilliant, they are effective in a droning style. The only real FAILURE of this album is the noise. Instead of a cold, ambient noisy production, the members of Fe-Mail seemingly just sampled noises from their own project. There is no fresh element to the noise, nothing to enhance or broaden the atmosphere of the music.

One last complaint is Grutle's vocals. They are EXACTLY the same as Enslaved's vocals. The fact that he didn't try anything new or experimental with is vocals makes me think this was a half-assed and poorly thought out album really just to kill time between the albums of their priority projects (Enslaved, Audrey Horne, Fe-Mail)

With all of this said, my conclusion is that even though this album falls short of quality in many ways, it still isn't so bad. Certain tracks fulfill their mission, such as the title track, which has a very melodic and epic atmosphere.

All in all, I have to say pass on this album, unless you really don't care about money, and just wait for Trinacria to develop their sound, and mature in their mission.