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Roses for Rome; An Ode to Triarii

By Gwendolyn Taunton.


There are not very many musical acts that I listen to regularly, but Triarii is one of my chosen few. Usually I am more of an experimental listener who will play a lot of albums a couple of times, and then move on to the next musical conquest. Triarii however, have become the mainstay of my collection. More often than not, when writing I can be found with Exile on repeat until I am finished. Nor is it just me – it appears that a lot of writers are conducting their business with Triarri playing in the background. The fact that Triarii is popular with so many writers and artists is not so bizarre if one views the creative process itself as a conflict, and it is in this regard that the triumphant chords of Triarii are most encouraging and inspiring.

Triarii is inspirational to a whole generation of writers and artists because the music is epic; it is grandiose, sweeping and powerful with chords that stir the imagination, spurring the creators onwards to the metaphorical battlefield of creativity. Not only is the music powerful, Christian Erdmann’s vocals are superb and manage to capture the emotion and vitality of the music. Moreover, he is one of the few vocalists capable of portraying masculine virility through speech without the need to heavily distort vocals. His words and lyrics are clear, concise – and like a gladius – straight to the point.

The music itself captures the rhythm of an empire going to war and the classical elements are extremely clear. An obvious inspiration from Wagner’s music is present, particularly in ‘Heaven & Hell’ and ‘Le Crépuscule Des Dieux’.

Pieces by Triarii which stand out as the finest tracks include:

  • Mother of Pain (Ars Militaria, Eternal Soul, 2005)
  • Le Crépuscule Des Dieux (Pièce Héroique, Eternal Soul, 2006)
  • Heaven and Hell (Pièce Héroique, Eternal Soul, 2006)
  • Roses for Rome (Pièce Héroique, Eternal Soul, 2006)
  • Sonnenwalzer (Muse in Arms, Eternal Soul, 2008)
  • Ode to the Sun (Muse in Arms, Eternal Soul, 2008)
  • Emperor of the Sun (Exile, Eternal Soul, 2011)
  • Iron Fields (Exile, Eternal Soul, 2011)
  • W.A.R. (We Are Rome) (W.A.R. (7″, Single, Ltd) Eternal Soul Records, 2011)
  • We Are One (We Are One (7″, Single, Ltd) Eternal Soul Records, 2011)

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It is also worth mentioning here that Roses for Rome is a collaborative piece involving another favourite of mine, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio. Furthermore, this track spawned an interesting album (Three Hours) under the name TriOre (a hybrid of both Triarii and Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio). The overall mood of this album is substantially less martial and more poetic, but the combination works well. Tracks on it which stand out as the best include There’s a Smell to Life that Dies, Fires Burn Like Fires do and Let us Meet in the Trenches.

Overall I would strongly recommend that anyone with an interest in martial industrial or neoclassical music listens to Triarii; once you start listening you will be powerless to stop.