AOR Heaven [Release date 29.03.19]
Neil Fraser (Ten, Rage Of Angels, Tony Mills) is the brains behind Trishula, where he handles guitars, bass and keyboards. He is joined by vocalist Jason Morgan and drummer Joao Colac, both of whom Neil worked with in Rage Of Angels. Magnum’s keyboard player Rick Benton is also involved.
Opener ‘I Can See It In Your Eyes’ sets the Trishula sound out, big on keys and soaring guitar riffs, along with the impressive vocals of Jason Morgan. There are shades of Ten on the title track, whilst ‘Secrets And Lies’ is simply immense! The keys, the riffs, the guitar solo, the melodic chorus, the pounding rhythm – this song has it all and is all that is great about melodic hard rock.
Long lost UK rockers Pride come to mind on ‘A Thousand Pieces’ and although it clocks in at seven minutes long, the song and melody never outstay their welcome.
Fear not lovers of all things musically pink ‘n’ fluffy as there are ballads in the shape of ‘I Never Cried’ and ‘Don’t Let Go’.
‘Magnetic Memories’ is a little different to the rest of the album, drawing on the 70’s sound of Rainbow in the keyboards and it has a distinct 70’s rock feel.
Here’s hoping this album is not a one off as Neil Fraser has made a damn fine album, plus singer Jason Morgan is a real find. Essential for fellow lovers of 80’s inspired melodic rock with a modern sheen. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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