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Review by Tony Cannella
According to Wikipedia, Mound Road Engine was a Chrysler Corporation Automobile engine factory in Detroit, Michigan. Now it can also refer to a positively lethal power thrash metal outfit from Detroit. The debut 4-song, self-titled EP from Mound Road Engine features about 15-minutes of powerhouse metal, filled with dense riffs and plenty of attitude. The energetic, fast paced opener “The Break Up” kicks things off in a big way. The vocals of Cole are simply huge and dripping with venom on every line that she sings. Kicking off with a drum intro by James, “Digga v2” is next and offers a little melody to the proceedings as the song gradually speeds up and turns into a straight-up thrash fest, helped out by some great Pantera-like guitar riffs. “Ode” is next and is an angry, riff-tastic metal song with a power groove vibe to it. The final song “Servitude” begins with a Black Sabbath style guitar riff. This is pretty interesting song; it still maintains the heaviness, but features a pretty out of the ordinary chorus. Whether you like this song or not you have to give the band credit for trying something a little bit different, but I really don’t think this holds up to the rest of the material contained within. Mound Road Engine’s debut EP is like a shot of adrenalin to the heart. It will be interesting to see what they can come up with on a full-length, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out.
Rating - 83/100
Label : AFM Records
Review by Tony Cannella
Triosphere are a Progressive Power Metal band from Norway. Their second album, “The Road Less Travelled” has just been issued via AFM records and to say that it goes straight for the jugular at the very outset is an understatement.“The Road Less Travelled”, features 11-tracks and a playing time of 51-minutes worth of music that stays pretty consistent throughout the disc. Musically, Triosphere follow a similar path to that of the great Pagan’s Mind, another Norwegian band. Although they are often considered in the Progressive Metal category, there is a lot of other cool things going on - not the long epic type numbers that many in the Progressive field are known for, the CD contains bits of orchestration at certain points, some great melody and the excellent guitar work of Marius Silver Bergesen and T.O. Byberg. Singer Ida Haukland’s voice is simply huge, and she also pulls double duty as the Bass player. After the intro, “Ignition” reaches it’s completion, the barrage of guitar riffs begin with the opening track, “Driven”. This song is just a high energy, smoking song that really sets the tempo for what is to follow. “Human Condition” continues the strong music and features a great chorus, melody and thoughtful lyrics. My favorite track on, “The Road Less Travelled” is ultra-melodic, mid-tempo, “The Anger and the Silent Remorse”. There are also plenty of guitar-driven up-tempo songs - while still maintaining a melodic purpose, examples of this are: “Death of Jane Doe”, “Watcher” (check out the great solo in this one), “21”, and the cool title track, “The Road Less Travelled”. “The Road Less Travelled” is a majestically, glorious and powerfully melodic sophomore effort from Triosphere, and an album that totally caught me by surprise - in a good way. Even though the country of Norway is primarily known as one of the leading exporters of Black Metal, the amount of good power metal that comes from there should not be discounted, and Triosphere should certainly be added to that list.
Rating - 95/100