Prison Of Light
How many of you remember Tritonus? Back in 1995, there was a Norwegian sampler CD called simply "A Gathering of 8 Norwegian Progressive Metal Bands". Besides Spiral Architect, Trivial Act, and Manitou there were other bands that managed to score record deals. Most of them disappeared. Tritonus was on the sampler. Despite having some of the strongest material on the CD the band never signed with a label, and despite years of trying, never released any material. Band leader/virtuoso guitarist Carl August Tidemann would time to time mention that Tritonus was working on its debut, but after almost 2 decades everyone pretty much took it with a grain of salt. Well...better late than never!
If you've been listening to prog metal for a long time you know that the sound has changed a bit over the years. Tritonus' debut turns back the hands of time. This is a stunning example of prog metal the way we used to know it. Stunning musicianship with plenty of jolts of technicality. At this point, the lineup has changed over the years. In addition to Tidemann, Tritonus now consists of Rolf Kristensen (vocals), Ole Devold (drums) and Thor-Axel Eriksen (guitars). Lots of guests contribute (my guess is many of these were past members). Keyboards (courtesy of Circus Maximus' Lasse Finbraten) tend to be put to good use - you hear the occasional solo but mostly its there for texture - the twin guitars weave together with incredible proficiency and dominate. I have to point out the vocals of Rolf Kristensen. This guy is amazing!
Its a shame that its taken so many years for Tritonus to release this. Its quite a great album and in a way it makes me a bit sad. Had it come out 15 years ago, they could have easily risen through the scene. We are lucky we have it. Is it closure for Tritonus or the opening of a new era? Let's hope for the later. They deserve a better fate and damn I'd want to hear more music from them. BUY OR DIE!