What metal subgenres do you think of when you think of Norway? Probably gothic, doom, and death metal, especially since Norwegian bands Tristania, Beseech, and Theatre of Tragedy are considered to be some of the most influential female-fronted metal bands of all time. Now, Triosphere is the newest Norwegian band to make some noteworthy noise – and they’re not following in their countrymen and women’s footsteps. Consider that a good thing, though.
Triosphere is often called a progressive metal band, but to me that label doesn’t capture the band’s overall sound. They’re really more of a melodic heavy metal band with progressive tendencies. So, along with tempo changes and other unpredictable elements, you’ll hear massive riffs, intricate guitar solos, soaring refrains, and the commanding voice of Ida Haukland (who is also Triosphere’s bassist).
So far, Triosphere has released two albums: Onwards (2006), and The Road Less Travelled (2010). I particularly like The Road Less Travelled because of its contrasts: abstract, introspective lyrics; loud, bold heavy metal; and lush atmospheres that remind me of 80’s metal and power ballads. The Road Less Travelled also features three great instrumentals, including “Echoes,” a piano/string piece that at first sounds out of place. But once you’ve listened to the album a few times, pay very close attention to the arrangements on “Echoes.” Do they remind you of melodies from the album’s other songs?
My favorite track on The Road Less Travelled is definitely “The Anger and the Silent Remorse,” a ballad with the strongest retro feel out of all the songs on the album. I also recommend “Driven” (see YouTube clip below), “Twenty One,” and “Worlds Apart,” all of which are faster, more intense, and more indicative of Triosphere’s true sound.
Triosphere is also on my long list of bands I’d love to see live someday. Their killer studio sound translates extremely well live – maybe even better! See it for yourself in this (lengthy) video from one of the band’s recent shows in the Netherlands:
Triosphere is still touring to promote The Road Less Travelled. They opened for Sonata Arctica’s European tour in March, and most recently played several shows with Crimson Glory in the Benelux region, Switzerland, and Italy. Later this year, Triosphere will play at a number of European festivals, including Wacken Open Air and Metal Female Voices Festival.
- Ida Haukland – Vocals, Bass
- Marius Silver Bergesen – Lead and Rhythm Guitar
- Tor Ole Byberg – Rhythm Guitar
- Ørjan Aare Jørgensen – Drums