Metal Review – Trigant: Wolves

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Metal Review – Trigant: Wolves
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Trigant: Wolves
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
Self-release
September 1st, 2013
Release length: 24:54
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Germany’s Trigant was formed back in 2008, and has remained the same four-piece that it was when the full line-up first came about. In the time that followed they remain unsigned, but released their first recording titled The Legendary Demo Tape in 2011. Another two years passed before they would unleash their next offering, another four song EP titled Wolves. Given what little coverage the band has earned, it’s safe to say this is an act better known in their home country than anything, but does this new release pose as the chance for Trigant to break out of the confines of Germany’s underground, or will this only sink them even deeper?

Wolves ends up sounding pretty scarce when it comes to the instruments, though the music compositions being performed sound pretty good for the most part, even if it does come through a bit passive. “Wolves” has a nice little chugging build that gives a bit of an epic march sensation to the opening and main verses. The hooks to the chorus are simple, yet incredibly effective. The thing that ends up hurting the commanding Thrash Metal performance is the vocal approach that is caught between a stern shouting and grunting that sometimes sounds like the noise you might make when trying to force a bowel movement. This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t so much louder than the music or had a little more echo to it.

On your first time through, the vocals do hit you as being a bit amateurish and flat out bad, but really it’s more just how sudden and unexpected they are. Sure they could be better overall, but given the clear digital audio quality everything has, you can’t help but feel that’s partly to blame for some of it. Sadly this doesn’t account for the poor harmonizations and gang chants. Both of these issues show in the largely melodic “Reflection,” and while the music is pretty strong, the deeper layered one-man chants don’t really do much, especially behind the off-key and nearly mumbled harmonization attempt. It’s also unfortunate that the guitar solo seems to be the same chords played by both guitarists, and the rhythm is left up to the bassist that is just way too low in volume to keep the rhythm alive. Oddly this doesn’t happen again in the solo at the end of “Disembodied,” which gives the solid performance a little more life as well before heading into the more epic sounding “Breaking” and it’s restrained chants, harmonizations, and more noticeable bass presence.

Wolves is far from a stand out EP, which is actually a shame given how infectious the music is. Aside “Breaking” and it’s moments of trying to present something epic to the mix, this recording has some really great material full of hooks that do get the job done. There’s some potential on display here, but it’ll take a few spins for it all to come together to where you can overlook some of the flaws and allow the vocals to grow on you. Wolves manages to both make Trigant seem like a band you need to pay attention to, as well as present them as a group that may not really break out of their homeland until some improvements are made. Should you take the time to experience Wolves? Well it’s definitely worth giving a few plays in its entirety, especially since you can stream the whole thing through Trigant‘s SoundCloud page, but if you have to really go out of your way to hear it then you’re better off waiting a bit.

01. Wolves – 6:08
02. Reflection – 6:30
03. Disembodied – 6:17
04. Breaking – 5:59
Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Trigant via Metalmessage PR.