Metal Review – Tritton: Face of Madness

By -
Metal Review – Tritton: Face of Madness
  • Bio:
  • Label:
  • Release Date:
  • Genre:
  • Website: Visit Website
  • Rating (out of 10):

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 43

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 44

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 46

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 47

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 49

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 50

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 52

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 53

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 55

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 56

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 58

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 59

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 61

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 62

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 64

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 65

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 67

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 68

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 70

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 72

Tritton: Face of Madness
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Self-release
August, 2013
Release length: 34:23
Bandcamp
Facebook
ReverbNation
SoundCloud
Youtube
If you’ve heard of the band Dracko out of Mexico, you might already be familiar with this relatively new group. While that band is still in operation, having gone through some line-up changes over the years, four of its key members moved on, eventually coming together to form what is now known as Tritton, a female fronted Heavy/Power Metal group hailing from Mexico City. In its ranks are guitarists Enrique Torres and Jose Gomez, drummer Yohan Torres, and bassist Victor Varas, all having played together in the aforementioned band. However, vocalist Lorena Cabrera, appears to be a relatively new name on the scene. This entity came to be in 2009, but it wasn’t until early 2013 that the group recorded their first demo, a three song recording that shares the same name as their seven song full-length self-released debut, Face of Madness. But does this larger taste put the group’s roughly four years of growth and song composition in the best of light, or is this endeavour something a little less inspiring?

Face of Madness isn’t a raw sounding album, but it is still a rather rough one. The instruments come through with enough of an edge to capture that early to mid-nineties quality that beefs all the guitars up quite well, while the drums have a very slight echo that compliments the various patterns and two-step performances quite well. But where the audio falls short is in the vocals. “Martyr” showcases this pretty quick, though not like the off-pitch rough start they get from what sounds like a bit too much excitement. After the opening few lines, that issue clears right up. No, what becomes a constant sety back is the poor layering. When the tempo becomes more abrasive around two minutes in, you are greeted with a rougher approach in your left ear, while the clean singing style hits in the right. Other than those hiccups, “Martyr” greatly sums up what to expect from this album: A solid mixture of traditional Heavy Metal and Power Metal full of catchy hooks and solid pacing.

“Wanton War” ends up one of the more interesting specimens. It’s a good song that does thin out slightly in the melodic bridges for some reason, but the main verses have this odd hint of Hard Rock to the riffs in the vein of Pearl Jam or Alice in Chains. While catchy, the end has more of the poorly layered vocals that make it seem like there are multiple Lorena Cabrera’s in the studio recording at once. The only time this seems to really work out is with how the lyrics are spaced out during “Face of Madness.” Due to the gap between lines, it sounds intentional more than a mixing oversight, perfectly complimenting the largely Punk influenced riffs that channel the band’s inner Motorhead for the first half. After that things change up a bit, though the slight twang of the bass guitar is still existent against the faster complexities of the riffs and guitar solo.

But where the band really shines through is during “Flash of the Blast.” The well executed and steady drums maintain the richness of the song as the lead riffs create a surprisingly vivid fantastical Power Metal world (despite the slight gap in the drums that hits momentarily at thirty-nine seconds in) that work in perfect harmony with the blistering rhythm guitar before slowing down to an emotional crawl as you approach a minute and a half in. The speed eventually picks up and migrates to Neo-Classical Heavy Metal elements before heading into some well executed Iron Maiden worship. While this is an instrumental, it ends up one of the most engaging tracks, and easily has the most depth. If the band were to write more songs along the lines of this track and incorporate Lorena into them, Tritton would easily stick out of the crowd a lot better than they do right now. “Asphyxia” is a close second to this, though it isn’t quite as dynamic. Instead it’s just a lot darker and often creeps along, perfectly suiting Lorena’s voice by preventing the need of additional layering to give you more of a better feel of her vocal abilities.

Face of Madness does have a few flaws, but for a self-released debut album, there’s a decent amount of material present to catch the intrigue of Heavy Metal and Power Metal fans alike. However, it’s the last few songs that really show the skill the band has, making you want to hear more growth in that direction. If this release had a proper mixing, even those first few songs would have sounded a lot better. Well, that and drop the hidden track of Lorena singing what sounds like a nursery rhyme into a bucket towards the end of “33 Degrees North.” Hopefully it won’t take another roughly four years for Tritton to unleash their next full-length album.

01. Martyr – 4:09
02. Wanton War – 4:32
03. Face of Madness – 4:26
04. Insurrection – 4:23
05. Flash of the Blast – 6:08
06. Asphyxia – 4:42
07. 33 Degrees North – 6:04
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

Tritton
Tritton

Digital review copy of this release provided by Tritton.