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3.05 | 5 ratings

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3 stars Not too bad but neither too inspiring, this third effort from Finnish outfit Trusties.

Taking their cue from Rush, halfways quirky melodic gtr riffs and licks over a driving, energetic bass line seems to be something of a central ongoing theme on these compositions. From that base the band reach out both towards a harder hitting prog metal landscape as well as a stylistic expression that made me think of Van Halen, albeit with less sophisticated guitar antics. Fusion-inspired elements are added to the mix on occasion as well, and obviously there's a good amount of variety to be found.

On this occasion the songs doesn't match up though. Too many breaks frequently disrupt the flow and atmosphere explored, truly intrigiung passages are marred by too sudden evolvements to something different. To the extent that the songs in many cases ends up as uninteresting for me. There's too much change, the compositions are too broken, and I have problems getting involved in the songs as such. The instances where Trusties ease up a bit and that approach obviously ends up as far more interestng for my musical testes too, with Djemoniee and You Can Only Lose as the most interesting creations among those in my opinion.

I'd recommend fans of late 70's Rush to lend an ear to this album, as I imagine them to be the crowd with the greatest chance to enjoy this venture. In particular those among them who enjoy songs with frequent shifts in pace and expression.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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