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Trixter – Human Era Review

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Released by: Frontiers Music

Release Date: 5th June 2015

Genre: Hard Rock

Review by Phil Bailie Journalist/Contributor

Lineup:

Pete Loran – lead vocals / rhythm guitar

Steve Brown – lead guitar

P.J. Farley – bass

Gus Scott – drums

 

Track listing:

  1. Rockin’ To The Edge Of The Night
  2. Crash That Party
  3. Not Like All The Rest
  4. For You
  5. Every Second Counts
  6. Beats Me Up
  7. Good Times Now
  8. Midnight In Your Eyes
  9. All Night Long
  10. Soul Of A Lovin’ Man
  11. Human Era
  12. Always a Victim
  13. Road Of A Thousand Dreams

 

After 25 years of making records, and coming off the back of successful comeback album ‘New Audio Machine’, bubbly rock ‘n’ rollers Trixter return with their latest release ‘Human Era’. This album delivers a host of powerful, yet modern, new material akin to their earlier workings, with influenced sprinklings of a few 80’s mainstays to top it off.

The record opens like a direct shot to the face with their single release ‘Rockin’ To The Edge Of The Night’. For those new to Trixter, this track is a paramount example of exactly what to expect from these seasoned stars. Introduced by a slick guitar run, and met by Loran’s unmistakable vocals, this song is a showcase in itself. The chorus, with its distinctive backing vocals, would leave you in mind of the likes of Def Leppard, all the while maintaining their own originality.

Not stopping there, ‘Crash That Party’ is a track that would certainly leave a certain Vince Neil impressed. With vocal similarities, albeit on a lower pitch, this song has a Mötley feel to it while the intro to ‘For You’ smacks of Van Halen’s ‘Hot For Teacher’. Both tracks, while hanging to these influences, retain their own discernible stamps and are foot-stompingly superb. The drums and guitar, in particular, across these two barnstormers are simply non-stop and are complemented perfectly by the screeching vocals and that rumbling rhythm section.

Scratch away at this ice-cold metal surface, however, and you’ll uncover a softer centre with the album’s diamond ‘Every Second Counts’. A ballad of decades past with a real current feel to it, this track shines in amongst the relentless, high octane rock ‘n’ roll displayed on the album. Following directly on from the top speed ‘For You’, you’d be forgiven for thinking someone had flicked a switch with these guys. The range is incredible across all fronts with Trixter.

Going from strength to strength, it really is difficult to find anything on this album that isn’t impressive. ‘Midnight In Your Eyes’ retains those dominant backing vocals while ‘Human Era’ sums up this band’s journey perfectly.

Lead guitarist Steve Brown testifies to how tight the band are after three decades and it really does show on the album. This record is littered with rock ‘n’ roll gold and, if you’re a fan of hard rock, you’d be crazy not to buy this album. Trixter have well and truly pulled the rabbit out of the hat with this one.

Written by: Phil

 

 

Ratings: Phil 8/10

 

 

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