Review By Woody
The second solo album from Midlands based rocker Daniel Trigger Army Of One feels like a continuation of his first Infinite Persistence. The established sound he fixed with that album of modern rock influences like Alter Bridge mixed in with old school British metal influences is again ever present throughout. Which is a great thing as his previous work with the Trigger band was very eclectic stylistically and the albums tended to suffer from inconsistency. I wouldn’t say Army Of One is better than its predecessor, but it is very much on par quality wise and any of these songs would have sat comfortably on it. So if you enjoyed Dan’s previous album you’re sure to enjoy this strong follow up.
Dan has very fixed focus on how he wants his music to sound and especially in his guitar playing that strong desire for a contemporary modern rock edge is obvious. It does make the music quite dark with down tuned guitars and grunge style instrumentation at times, but given his inspirations and eclectic musical background he does layer in a lot of keyboards, vocal harmonies and potently melodic choruses to give the album some freshness and light.
The title of the album I find quite fitting with the lyric’s as many of the songs have a real inspirational and rousing, I won’t give up, fight song quality to them. I’ve always found Dan to be a decent lyricist and here he hits the mark more often than not. Ironically it’s my personal favourite song ‘Remember When’ which is the only track which could be criticised for its lyric’s, yes it is a tad cheesy but I love the sentimentality and emotion behind it and that makes it really stand out for me. Although Dan has found a defined sound ‘Remember When’ does see him harking back to his stadium rock roots, it is different but sits on the album nicely. Given me own personal tastes it’s no surprise this beautifully melodic ballad with its intricate guitar lick hook and its lighter waving chorus get right under my skin and hitting repeat on my stereo.
If you find your tastes leaning more towards todays commercially successful rock acts but still have a love for old school metal and strong melodic sensibilities you should definitely check Army Of One out and if you’ve already heard Infinite Persistence and enjoyed it you can buy this one with confidence.
Track Listing: Unbreakable / Rise Above / Invisible /All Fall Down / Fear The Night / State Of Mind / Here & Now / Remember When / Dancing With The Devil
Album Rating: 8/10
Woody’s Essential Track: Remember When
Track by Track:
‘Unbreakable’ is an anthemic fight song, inspirational and rousing. Driven rocker ‘Rise Above’ has a powerful chorus with some subtle but effective keyboards making it stick out. ‘Invisible’ is a mid tempo rocker with a great vocal harmony hook on the chorus.
‘All Fall Down’ has an atmospheric composition which builds to a power ballad style chorus, potent and emotive. ‘Fear The Night’ is a hugely melodic rocker with a chest beating chorus and a Rage Against The Machine vibe to the guitars. ‘State Of Mind’ is a chugging metallic track with a pounding old school thrash metal tint to it.
‘Here & Now’ is a mid tempo rocker with a melodic drive overlaying the driven guitar crunch with some cool intricate guitar licks thrown in occasionally. Ballad ‘Remember When’ beautifully melodic with hook filled intricate guitar licks and a huge lighter waving chorus. ‘Dancing With The Devil’ is a mid tempo modern rocker with Hammond- esque Keys thrown in the mix.
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