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Trixter - 'Human Era'

posted 6 Jul 2015, 10:25 by Paul Woodward

(Frontiers Records)

Review By Woody

I’ve always had a soft spot for Trixter so when they released their first album after reforming ‘New Audio Machine’ in 2012 I was a very happy man, especially as it was a fantastic album. Some bands and musicians from the past who have returned to the melodic rock scene in recent years have supplied just as much disappointment as joyous returns to action, thankfully Trixter are in the latter category and are back bigger, badder and more kick ass than ever.

So I was beyond excitable to hear ‘Human Era’ and wasn’t disappointed, the term all killer no filler is extremely overused but in the case of ‘Human Era’ that term is more than fitting for this solid slab of melodic rock goodness. ‘Human Era’ is full of infectious melodic rock anthems with killer choruses and energetic rhythms.

The overall feel of this album is just fun time uplifting party rock and the amount of sing along choruses and infectious guitar licks that ‘Human Era’ contains is simply not funny and should come with a health warning as sore throats and twisted fingers from excessive air guitar widdling will be epidemic following release day.

One thing that I think helps Trixter stand out is they are not afraid to tweak and modernize their sound therefore keeping themselves and their music vital and exciting, so many bands trying to recreate the past come across as sterile and bland, Trixter buck this trend and it pays off for them. These modernizations aren’t anything to be scared of and are in most cases quite subtle they just embrace some pop rock elements prominent in American music. Traditionalists may be spitting their dummies right out now, but don’t panic, ‘Human Era’ is 100% Trixter and will definitely have established fans jumping for joy like kids on Christmas.

All these songs have a fantastic energy and are definitely written with an ear towards them causing a big impact live and as I’m spinning this album over and over I’m salivating over the desire to hear the likes of ‘Midnight In Your Eyes’, ‘All Night Long’, ‘Every Second Counts’ and emotive power ballad ‘Beats Me Up’ in the live arena.

‘Human Era’ is the embodiment of the term Party rock and this album would provide a great uplifting rock and roll ambience to any self respecting melodic rockers shindigs! To me this is surely going to be one of the biggest hits in the world of melodic rock this year and should be a top priority purchase for genre fans, just remember the crate of beer and strippers to accompany it! Melodic Hard Rock perfection, grab your air guitar and throw the horns up!

Track Listing: Rockin’ To The Edge Of The Night / Crash That Party / Not Like All The Rest / For You / Every Second Counts / Beats Me Up / Good Times Now / Midnight In Your Eyes / All Night Long / Soul of A Lovin’ Man / Human Era

Album Rating: 9/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Midnight In Your Eyes