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Triosphere - 2014 The Heart Of The Matter



ARTIST: Triosphere
ALBUM: The Heart Of The Matter
LABEL: AFM Records
SERIAL: AFR-CD-4439
YEAR: 2014


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LINEUP: Ida Haukland - vocals, bass * Marius Silver Bergesen - guitars * T.O. Byberg - guitars * Kenneth Tårneby - drums * Ørjan Aare Jørgensen - drums (recorded on the album)

TRACK LISTING: 01 My Fortress * 02 Steal Away The Light * 03 The Sentinel * 04 Breathless * 05 Departure * 06 The Heart's Dominion * 07 As I Call * 08 Relentless * 09 The Sphere * 10 Remedy * 11 Storyteller * 12 Virgin Ground

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WEBLINKS: www.triosphere.com


Background
I was recently introduced to Norwegian heavy metallers Triosphere through some Facebook correspondence. Having introduced myself to lead singer and bassist Ida Haukland, I proceded to venture head-first into the Triosphere universe. There's a couple of Norwegian connections with this band. Firstly they come from Trondheim, the city in the North that is the home to outfits such as Stage Dolls and the mighty TNT. The other connection are the contributions made by guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad, who is the lead guitarist with Norway's premier power-metallers Pagans Mind. Triopshere have been in business since 2004, and have a handful of albums under their belt already. The band signed with German label AFM Records a few years ago, which boosted their profile immeasurably. 'The Heart Of The Matter' is the bands first album since 2010's 'The Road Less Travelled', and sees a continuation of Bergesen's musical arrangements combined with Haukland's lyrics and vocal arranging. This is my first hearing of Triosphere, and I love what I'm hearing.. and that's an understatement!


The Songs
It's a grandiose opening for 'My Fortress', but it soon turns into a frenetic metal anthem, full of melody among the speed and bluster. Sounds great so far. 'Steal Away The Light' is played with bullet-like precision, Ida's vocal tough and menacing. She certainly has presence and power and is a real asset to the Triosphere package. Can't complain about the guitar-work and incredible drumming either. 'The Sentinel' has a deceptive entrance, a poignant violin part, which lasts all about 15 seconds before Norwegian power metal kicks in and destroys all preconceptions! 'Breathless' is played in a modern style, with some ebb/flow passages, which really kick in at the 3 minute mark to great effect. It's a change-up moment that takes you by surprise. 'Departure' is peg-marked by the contribution of Jørn Viggo Lofstad. If you can't make out the Pagans Mind influence, then you're a mug! Literally.. 'The Heart's Dominion' is bolstered by some anthemic shout-out chanting, before shifting into a fast paced attack but still with melody in abundance. 'As I Call' has a riff which I've heard somewhere before (can't quite place it, when I do I'll let you know), and it's as appealing as anything!

'Relentless' has another of those deceptive entrances, quiet and demure and then 30 seconds later Bergesen's guitar will tip the song on its head. 'The Sphere' drops into first gear and builds from the bottom, with its pedal to the metal approach eventually taking us into the upper realms. 'Remedy' is the longest song at five and a half minutes; it certainly doesn't seem like it. It's a great listen because of Ida's predilection to all things melodic. It's no wonder all the melodic rockers out there will gravitate to this album in droves! 'Storyteller' though strong in the power metal arrangement, comes to life thanks to the layer which sits about the music; that is the vocal arranging and melodies. The combined strength of Bergesen and Haukland is realised to great effect. The time change at the 3 min 15 sec mark is one out of the book. Fantastic! Triosphere round it out with the placid ballad 'Virgin Ground', which takes the wind out of the sails of this fantastic Norwegian band.


In Summary
Triosphere deliver some of the most melodic power metal to be heard in 2014. it's no wonder every other metal website of repute is going gaga over this album, and it's worth every compliment. Perhaps I need to go and see my Immigration Agent and find out what it takes to go and live up in Norway to be closer to these most awesome bands. Bloody hell.


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