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Review: Trinity Site – After The Sun

From Germany, Trinity Site delivers to us a melodic yet futuristic form of death metal unlike any other melo-death act today. This is a band that could very well be among the ranks of bands like Dark Tranquility, In Flames, and Carcass. So melodic death metal, what makes this one so special? A listener might ask. Well to begin, we hear of many new bands and artists claiming to have matured as musicians and inflicting upon us a sound that will allegedly revolutionize the genre as far as they’re concerned. Unsurprisingly, many of these up-and-comers fail to back it up and end up looking very foolish. In this case however, this is a band whose bio promised me n othing, and didn’t need to, for their music seized my complete and undivided attention.

Right from the opening and title track “After The Sun”, we are introduced with a melodic rhythm. The sound is supposed to be from the same box as Amon Amarth or maybe In Flames, but instrumentally it’s so much more solid and tight as though the band themselves were machines powered by the sun. The guitar work sounds so simple yet flawless, and the guitar solos are melodic yet modest, walking a fine line of harmony resisting every temptation of wankery.

The second track, “March of The Condemned” like its namesake, begins with a rhythm sounding very much like walking. To keep things interesting, the transitions switch between tempos that would match marching and jogging alike as the bulk of this song is upbeat. But never mind that, I cannot get over how tasty the guitar leads are. Yes, there’s plenty of sweep-picking, but the segments that really shine are the guitar leads in the choruses. I think this would be the song to have on the radio or as a video clip just because it’s so catchy and feels like a good battle soundtrack.

Songs like “Omnicide”, “Our Wealth”, and “Lost Colony” are tracks that prove that even their faster songs do not lack in melody or creativity. Being as versatile as this band is, they’re not at all afraid to slow down in the middle of songs, for they are in no rush and almost always unfold into soothing guitar solos and unpredictable structures. Generally speaking, it’s actually really hard for me to find any dull or even repetitive bits on this whole album. To be brutal, it is as though someone took a pair of scissors to an Opeth album and cut out all the boring shit their fans won’t admit are mundane and leading nowhere. I have waited for someone to do this for many years.

Traditional heavy songs tend to make or break an album’s track listing. “Beyond The Rim” in this case, takes the listener on a journey that is both grim and intriguing. The guitar leads act like checkpoints on this rough and jaded road taking the forms of rhythmic melodies, dark bridges, and melancholy tapping licks. The destination leads to uncertainty, yet this will be a journey the listener will want to revisit many times over.

“Humanize Me” is as close as a breakdown as one will find on this album. The whole song chugs away in an industrial metal fashion right up to the bridge. Using Viking-like vocals and a colourful display of guitar fx, it is careful to satisfy the breakdown audience without actually becoming what elitists might regard as ‘that shitty breakdown track’. The bridge has an amazing guitar solo and is almost like a tunnel to stop the song from becoming repetitive and actually have the listener smile when they are sent back out onto the breakdown railway. I would say that this song is perhaps the most simplified track on the whole album.

To add a bit of a melodic hard rock feel, “Still Water” opens chugging away in a manner that might remind listeners of Backyard Babies or maybe even Foo Fighters. What they’ve done is very cleverly disguised this as one of their faster tracks by only have the verses as thrash. The chorus is a bit of a stop and start, to later on be complemented by a bridge that slows down completely. It’s interesting how so many bands can’t wait to just go nuts and have a thrash track for the sake of having one, whereas this band is more interested in writing a perfect song. I’d really like to know the members band histories.

Speaking of thrash tracks, “Something is Living Under My Skin” is perhaps the track that thrashes the hardest, but within reason. The thing that really makes it shine is the tremolo melody used in the pre-verses. It is also important to mention that this song has a simple arpeggio guitar riff which has been the style that made Melodic Death Metal inspire many Metalcore bands – the more you know. I think this track can easily be put on one’s thrash play list; right next to ‘Angel of Death’ and ‘Motorbreath’.

The last track “Revenants” is a curious all-rounder. It has alternative rock rhythms, thrash segments, and upbeat breakdowns. The guitar leads are as good as always, but perhaps the thing that makes this song shine is the point-to-point guitar leads in the choruses. The mood here seems very positive compared to the rest of the tracks, almost like a farewell-but-not-for-too-long vibe.

I give this album a 9/10. I enjoyed every track on this album and found I could not get enough of the guitar leads in every single song – I’m strongly considering learning all of them and I hope many others do too. What could have been improved? Well I thought that some guitar leads went by way too quickly and perhaps could have stayed around longer or maybe progressed into extended leads, but that’s just me being greedy. I hope to hear more of their work very soon, and I hope they never run out of ideas.

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