Trinakrius: Heavy Metal Doom Introspectum
Trinakrius is crushing doom metal in its finest hour. Based out of Sicily, this Italian collective has recently issued Introspectum, their latest masterwork via Pitch Black Records. In this interview, we discuss with the mighty Trinakrius crucial topics such as their devastating songs, words of wisdom, Black Sabbath, favorite beer and a whole lot more!
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Trinakrius, and how long the band has been together.
Hi, I’m Ivan Bologna, the bass player for Trinakrius since November 2013, although the band is active since 1995.
Where is your band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
The band is based in Palermo, Sicily. Our local music scene has always been penalized because of Sicily’s geographical decentralization compared to the most important Italian scenes. In addition, there isn’t enough support from Sicilians.
How did you wind up signing to Pitch Black Records?
Another band (Crimson Wind) of our drummer Claudio Florio signed some months ago with Pitch Black Records. When we completed the Trinakrius album recordings, Claudio submitted our work to Pitch Black which showed immediate interest in signing us.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Introspectum?
The word “Introspectum” perfectly represents the introspective multiple shades of different themes discussed in the lyrics. There isn’t a real concept behind “Introspectum” but each song tells a story where the intimate feelings and deep emotions are the real protagonists.
Select two songs from Introspectum and what inspired the lyrics?
The Crying Soldier: There is a thin line that separates heaven from hell, life from death and peace from war. There is a thin line that separates the soul of a poet from the instinct of a soldier. So the lyrics here represent the inner reflection of a soldier forced to kill sons and husbands who will never return home. The soldier’s survival instinct has taken lives away and he only prays that all will one day return home even if wrapped in a flag.
Facing the Mirror: A very dear theme to those who swim in the seas of introspection: the surreal dialogue with themselves in the mirror of time. Through the reflection you perceive past, present and future into a single vortex. A fascinating journey into the silent depths of existence, where the real perception of themselves and of the cosmos dwell.
Who did the cover artwork for Introspectum and how much input did you have on it?
The cover artwork has been realized by Adriana Traina, a friend of the band. The real input was born at the home of a friend of ours. It’s suggestive of a “house of Doom”, where we first went for a photo session.
What could one expect from a live Trinakrius show?
What can be expected?! Certainly an overwhelming performance consisting of good Doom full of groove and an awe-inspiring experience overall!
If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
For me personally… not an easy choice! I could name several milestones of the entire Metal scene: At The Gates, Emperor, Black Sabbath, Death, Candlemass…. Why? Simply because they forged me into metal!
Any chance of Trinakrius making their way to the States to do a show or tour and has your band ever been here before?
We have never played in the USA and I’m afraid I don’t see it happening any time soon although you never know. We would definitely like to bring our music there! Come on, invite us! 🙂
Black Sabbath invites you to cover one of their songs on a Tribute album. What Sabbath song would you cover and why?
Again, not an easy one… the choice is really difficult. Every song of this band is simply a masterpiece: War Pigs, Iron Man, Children of the Grave, Symptom of the Universe, Heaven and Hell… just to name a few. But I choose Iron Man, a song with personality, power and full of insane Doom groove!
What is your favorite beer of choice and why?
Wow, my favorite question! I almost love all beers that have a taste strongly characterized by a full “personality”. Beers are like beautiful women: all potentially interesting. My absolute delight in beers is found in the Belgian abbey beers but currently I get drunk with La Chouffe Houblon: very evocative.
Are you or any of the other band members involved with any other bands or projects outside of Trinakrius?
Yes, I’m the vocalist of Untory too, one of the oldest death metal bands in Palermo. Claudio also plays drums with a symphonic power metal band, Crimson Wind (also under Pitch Black Records) and Valerio plays guitar with Sexual Thing, a hard rock band.
What’s up next for Trinakrius?
At the moment we are planning to spread our new album around Europe and the rest of the world. We hope to play in many places where we have never been before.
Any final words of wisdom?
The introspection is not only a step in the self-knowledge but a journey into the sidereal depths of the universe. Music, for example, is a great vehicle to undertake this surreal and introspective journey. So, consider giving a listen to “Introspectum” by Trinakrius somewhere in your playlist!
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!
Thank you for your interest and for the interview and big cheers to all your readers!
Members: Claudio Florio – Drums & Growl Vocals, Francesco Chiazzese – Vocals, Valerio Frosini – Guitars, and Ivan Bologna – Bass
(Interview by Ken Morton)