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Trixter - New Audio Machine

New Audio Machine
by YngwieViking at 17 May 2012, 3:56 PM

These guys were in the early 90’s one of the second knife of the whole Hair Metal Army… They never had the respect of the Metal Community but they got the big overnight MTV success. They were one the first victims of the Grunge-Blitz and nobody really cried upon their tomb and nobody either was expecting nothing better from them or even wished for their comeback.

In 2008, something started to move again with the release of a good, back in the day, live album “Alive In Japan” which was a good reminder of the efficiency of the band and the two brand new studio tracks as well were quite appetizing… Now under the guidance of Frontiers Records, TRIXTER is back… A clever mix between 80s Stadium Hair Metal and some New Jersey Classic Rock with a little Modern Mainstream US Rock to get the Modern flavour: That’s the very tasty and addictive recipe of the day…

The first four tracks are amazing!!!! So, “Dirty Love” & “Machine” both sound like early VAN HALEN shuffle whereas “Drag Me Down” & “Get On It” are more in the FIREHOUSE / DANGER DANGER tradition… Juicy, sexy and entertaining! But “Live For The Day” is a good specimen of "how it could have sounded" if we weren’t some lucky bastards… It’s not a bad song but it’s a regular contemporary Rock cut like the ones that the guitar player, Steve Brown, used to play when he was involved in some mainstream Alternative project like 40 Ft. RINGO

Fortuitously “Ride” flashed as another 80s Stadium fashion ooooahh whooo… Exactly like “Physical Attraction” and same comments for “Tattoos & Misery” or ”Save Your Soul”: Nothing new but some good 2nd league American Party-Metal Anthems. The last part of the album is as expected a little more conventional but let’s face it, this is quite a sweet surprise as I would have never bet a single penny on a release of such high calibre. The final bonus track is an acoustic version of “Heart Of Steel” while the Japanese edition is recommended as the bonus is a good remake of the track “Give It To Me Good” also taken from the highly successful 1990 Self titled album!


4 Star Rating

1. Drag Me Down
2. Get On It
3. Dirty Love
4. Machine
5. Live For The Day
6. Ride
7. Physical Attraction
8. Tattoos & Misery
9. The Coolest Thing
10. Save Your Soul
11. Walk With A Stranger
12. Heart Of Steel  or  Give It To Me Good
Peter Loran- lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Brown - lead guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
P. J. Farley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Mark "Gus" Scott - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Record Label: Frontiers Records


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