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Trust - 1980 Repression

ALBUM: Repression
SERIAL: EPC 465029 1
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1993, Epic (Europe), 473573-2 * 2012, Eastworld, SW0038CD


LINEUP: Bernie - vocals * Nono - guitars * Vivi - bass * Jean-Emile - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Antisocial * 02 Monsieur Comedie * 03 Instinct De Mort * 04 Au Nom De La Race * 05 Passe * 06 Fatalie * 07 Saumur * 08 Le Mitard * 09 Sors Tes Griffes * 10 Les Sectes

Trust rose from French cult heroes to become perhaps France's most recognised metal/hard rock band in that country's history. Bernie (Bernard Bonvoison) and Nono (Norbert Krief) created the band in 1978, enlisting Raymond Manna and Jean-Emile to complete the lineup. Trust gained a rabid audience who were attracted by their outspoken political views combined with a musical stance that fell somewhere between punk and metal. This was enough to attract the attention of major label Epic who signed the band, leading to Trust's self titled 1979 debut which saw sudden interest through Europe. Manna left and was replaced by Vivi (Yves Brusco), 'Repression' showing up in 1980. A stunning mixture of outright metal, vaguely AC/DC inspired hard rock and punk shadings, it sealed the stamp on Trust's burgeoning reputation as France's main heavy music export.

The Songs
The copy I obtained is the original French version, liner notes and lyrics. Trust recorded an English version, which reportedly lacked the effect of the original. 'Antisocial' would become Trust's most remembered song, popularised by Anthrax who covered it for 1988's 'State Of Euphoria'. Easily the dominant punk track, it has become watered down over the years due to Anthrax's constant bludgeoning of it in concert. The AC/DC comparison is highlighted by 'Passe', with some similar riffing to the Young brothers, but with a more metallic edge. Easily the highpoint is the barnstorming, pure rock and roll speed of 'Fatalite', with heavy doses of piano and handclaps. The sax solo takes things to another level, rivaling the best of any AC/DC material. 'Le Mitard' starts as a spoken word piece, and scanning the French lyrics and words like 'un jour de septembre 1976' it's obviously a reference to a certain political event. They are scattered through the album, but would only be made clear through the English version. 'Les Sectes' is driving metal, with notes to 'Hare Krishna' and Jim Jones', the blinding riff attack able to and bettering many British acts of the day. Motorhead springs to mind.. If you want attitude, this is the real deal. Adding horns doesn't hurt either, as heard on 'Au Nom De La Race'.

In Summary
This was supposed to break Trust worldwide, and to a certain extent it did. Trust toured with Iron Maiden. and future Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain took Emile's place for 1982's 'Savage'. It wasn't the breakthrough that 'Repression' had been and effectively undid the promise of that album. Trust continued to crank the albums out, and ex-Maiden man Cive Burr arrived to replace McBrain after he swapped Burr's place in Maiden! The social observations continued but only to national interest and the writing on the wall was apparent when synths were introduced for 1985's 'Rock 'N' Roll'. Trust split, reforming in 1989 and 1997 briefly, a live album ('Paris By Night') and new studio album ('En Attendant') recorded respectively for both reunions. For many observers 'Repression' remains Trust's most creative and controversial album, something I would agree with. It's not too often that such scathing, rebellious and heavy rock is heard - and is genuinely convincing.

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#1 | sabace on April 08 2008 14:26:51
I have both versions english & french and both are just as powerful (the lyrics were translated by Jimmy Pursey). But the debut lp is by far their best!
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:10:21
As with their other discs, go for the French language version as it demonstrates Bernie Bonvoisons incredibly Vitriolic lyrics to a tee, just doesn't sound the same in English! Musically excellent throughout & definately the most consistent of all their albums, check out the Title track, the powerful 'Les Sectes', 'Au Nom De La Race' & 'Le Mitard' for prime time Trust. This was their 'Masterpiece' album & one they never bettered. One of those 'Every Home Should Have One' releases. Magnificent
#3 | reyno-roxx on August 17 2008 12:11:29
Love this band. I agree with Jez, the French language versions of the early albums are far superior to the English versions.
I've just picked up the 92 release 'Trust Live 1980: Repression Dans L'Hexagone'. It features live material from the first two albums recorded on the 'Repression' tour. What is very interesting is that the drummer was Kevin Morris, previously with Dr Feelgood. This was prior to Nicko McBrain joining the band for the third album.

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