Triggersoul - "Restoration" (CD)
"Restoration" track listing:
1. Lost Reality
3. Enemy Lines
5. Self Destruct
7. Wasted Years
8. Step Away
Reviewed by EdgeoftheWorld on April 15, 2011
With a sound somewhere between Black Label Society and Pantera, Triggersoul's "Restoration" is a better-than-average debut album that hints at great things that, regrettably, will never come to be.
Shortly after the band scored a record deal, guitar and keyboard player Aaron Roe died, and the band disbanded. Last year, the band elected to release "Restoration" in memory of Roe, and those who like their metal thick n' groovy, with some quieter moments thrown in for variety, will find much to praise here.
The disc starts strong with "Lost Reality," which has singer/guitarist Greg Reeves alternating between melodic vocals and Phil Anselmo-style hardcore shouts in the chorus. The guitar riffing on this song is simple, but strong.
The next track, "Restoration," has an ominous bass line and lyrics that reference Christ on the cross. The solo, though a bit brief, is quite potent.
"Enemy Lines" finds the band in full-on Black Label Society mode, with Reeves sounding eerily like Zakk Wylde during the verses. The band also incorporates a Black Label trick into their repertoire on the next track, "Forgotten," as Roe plays an elegaic piano part.
"Self Destruct" and "Affliction" head back into heavier territory, and then the band unplugs for the beautiful guitar-and-strings ballad "Wasted Years," which is reminiscent of Zakk Wylde's "Book Of Shadows" project. The disc ends on a slightly weak note with "Step Away," which, until an instrumental breakdown near the end, doesn't really take off.
Though the playing is generally excellent, there are moments — especially on "Enemy Lines" and "Self Destruct" — when David Jacobs' drumming feels overly simplistic. It's not enough to wreck the tunes, by any means, but it does prove a bit distracting.
Yes, it's a sad that we won't be hearing more of Aaron Roe's excellent guitar and keyboard work, but it's mostly a joy to hear them for the first and last time on Triggersoul's "Restoration." Fans of Pantera-style grooves and Black Label ballads will enjoy this one.
Highs: "Lost Reality," "Forgotten" and "Wasted Years"
Lows: "Step Away" and some overly simple drumming
Bottom line: A good debut album that hints at the greatness that, sadly, will never come to be.
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