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Tr3nity - 2002 Cold Light Of Darkness

ARTIST: Tr3nity
ALBUM: Cold Light Of Darkness
LABEL: Cyclops Records
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Chris Campbell - vocals * Paul Gath - keyboards * Rob Davenport - guitars, basses * Rolf Smith - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eyes Of A Child * 02 The Mask * 03 Into The Dark * 04 Which Way? * 05 The Exposure Suite * 06 The Film * 07 Help Me * 08 Is There A Paradise? * 09 Can't You See?


Say hello to Tr3nity, recent signings to the Cyclops label. Their album 'The Cold Light of Darkness' is a concept piece telling the story of a drug addict and the effects drugs have upon her life. Theme-wise, this seems quite hard going, but luckily, the album is strong musically. For the purposes of this review, I have chosen to concentrate on the musical performance in hand; for those of you wishing to learn more about the story behind the album, the Tr3nity website contains all the relevant info.

The Songs
The album opens in a rather epic way with 'Eyes Of A Child' which clocks in at over fifteen minutes. Its intro features some rather spectacular guitar work. I'd suggest that Andy Latimer has been a huge influence on Rob Davenport, as the atmospheric guitar part set against pulsing keys is reminiscent of 'Pressure Points' from Camel's 'Stationary Traveller' album. When the keys kick in they are clearly of the neo-prog variety from the early eighties. Inevitable comparisons have to be made between early Marillion and classic Pendragon. I can definitely hear Clive Nolan influences in the keyboard playing of Paul Gath. The vocals make a belated appearance (in true prog style) and in my opinion, they are of an acquired taste, reminding me a little of Arena'sold vocalist, Paul Wrightson. The next section of this track is taken at a faster pace and is basically a forum for Paul Gath to show off his keyboard prowess - great stuff - before returning to the original musical theme which brings the song to a close. Whist still remaining undeniably prog, 'The Mask' has a more accessible and melodic edge. The vocals are softer and the guitar solo is a definite high point. The first half of 'Which Way?' seems out of character when compared to the rest of the album. The traditional prog hallmarks are replaced with a funk-edged pop/rock workout. Prog fans should have no fear though, as half way through, the mood completely changes. The second half's arrangement is all ambient keys accompanied by Pink Floyd-esque guitar soloing. Actually, it's so Floyd-like, if I was David Gilmour, I'd get off my recording-studio-boat-thingy and demand royalties! 'The Film' makes good use of contrast between acoustic rhythm guitar parts and electric lead parts, which works well. This track and 'Help Me', in my opinion, feature Chris Campbell's best vocal performances on this album. 'Help Me' is particularly effective, as with only keys, voice and the sound of a ticking clock, the arrangement is very sparse. The song is a cry for help from a teenage girl contemplating suicide. To emphasise her vulnerability, the vocals sound very fragile in their delivery. The last track, 'Can't You See' has a slightly more AOR feel to it, with the dominant force being Rolf Smith's drums. Rolf says his main musical influences are Marillion and Toto, so he's a man with good taste! The closing section of this track reminds me a little of Pendragon. It sounds like a conscious effort to finish the album with something a little more musically uplifting.

In Summary
'The Cold Light of Darkness' is an album that has a lot going for it. I think Tr3nity should feel proud.

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