Rating:
9.0
Trials - In The Shadow Of Swords
1 May 2013


01. Conjoined
02. Believers In Black
03. Blueprints Of Metaphor
04. In The Misery Machine
05. With Only Sorrow Now
06. All The Promises
07. Upon This Day
08. Ancestor
09. Embracing Nothing
10. Jawbreaker [Judas Priest cover] [bonus]
11. Spirit Leaves [CD bonus]


In The Shadow Of Swords is some excellent thrash with strong groove. Now, I don't listen to a ton of thrash but it's albums like this that make me really think I should. This album is very well written, strongly performed, professionally produced, and of course, ass kicking. Wrapped into the grooving thrash base is plenty of melodic variety and some sweet hints of death metal on a few tracks. All of these elements are tightly bound, though, and create a very solid sound.

Rarely do you hear such passion poured into a record. Trials plays music that is strong and powerful, driving forward with everything they have, but whether you're looking to rage or looking for love, these songs run the gamut of vital emotions. Never staying in one place too long, each experience feeds into the next and leads you back around to driving, groove-laden metal.

In addition to the raw power, the bits of melody that are included will worm their way into your ear and draw you back over and over. The classic thrash roots lay a solid foundation but it's those melodies that protrude out like tentacles, stretching in various new directions and making this a release that really rises above anything remotely similar.

Vocally we have the classic, raw yelling supplemented by several variations of a rich sung baritone. Band founder and vocalist/guitarist Mark Sugar has an ample supply of vocal tools at his disposal with which to direct the mood of this record. (His vast abilities are a huge part of why this record is so special and unique.) The dual guitars also have their turn with the melodies; amidst the grooving, driving, and plowing, these guitars also have some excellent leads and a few surprise acoustic passages.

I could go on and on but to summarize, this is extraordinarily well played metal that should appeal to just about anyone with ears. It's one of those albums that seems straightforward, yet the intricacies have profoundly affected you before you ever realize they're there.

Now, go forth and listen, rock out, and buy: http://trials.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-shadow-of-swords

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: -
Production: -


Band profile: Trials
Album: In The Shadow Of Swords


 



Written on 19.05.2013 by
Susan
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psykometal - 19.05.2013 at 21:51  
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excellent thrash with strong groove

Got my interest, must check this out ASAP.
Daggon - 19.05.2013 at 22:00  
I hope this is good, I haven't listened a great Thrash metal album this year.
Zaphod - 19.05.2013 at 23:22  
Your second paragraph peaked my interest so I'll give it a listen. However, I remain cautious since I rarely find enjoyable new thrash.
Susan - 19.05.2013 at 23:36  
Written by Zaphod on 19.05.2013 at 23:22

Your second paragraph peaked my interest so I'll give it a listen. However, I remain cautious since I rarely find enjoyable new thrash.


Neither do I!! Definitely let me know what you think
Diverge - 20.05.2013 at 05:36  
It's a very good thrash metal album. No more and no less.

I will commend them-- this is probably the fiercest headbanging of 2013 for me.
Ag Fox - 20.05.2013 at 08:53  
I just added this album to my listening list yesterday. what a coincidence (=
Seeing that you enjoyed it, I think I would too, just like their last output
psykometal - 20.05.2013 at 09:26  
From what I've been able to check out so far, it reminds me of Virgin Snatch (really wish VS would write a new album!).
Zaphod - 20.05.2013 at 17:34  
Written by Susan on 19.05.2013 at 23:36

Written by Zaphod on 19.05.2013 at 23:22

Your second paragraph peaked my interest so I'll give it a listen. However, I remain cautious since I rarely find enjoyable new thrash.


Neither do I!! Definitely let me know what you think

I'm really glad that when I got to their bandcamp page, the first thing I did was check out the Judas Priest cover. That was pretty awesome.
Their own songs are pretty good too, they're definitely not your average run-of-the-mill thrash. But I didn't immediately feel like listening again, though I probably will (definitely that Priest cover.) Thanks for the recommendation anyways
Daggon - 31.05.2013 at 23:36  
I'm listening it for the third time and I find it quite average, yeah, it's well written, the music isn't bad at all, the vocals are generic but not bad. I think it won't reach many top-tens at the end of this year. Still a bit enjoyable.

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