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Triggerman: Brand New Day

If ever a song title described a band, then the opening track to the new offering by Northern Ireland's Triggerman is it. As statements of intent go "The Riff Holds Sway" is a mighty one, slamming home with a brutal but considered force, that is repeated another six times during this all too brief assault that is otherwise known as Brand New Day. This is mighty stuff and then some!

Guitarists Niall and Bap, the latter of which also creates the spoken, rasping, vocal threat which adds hugely to the impact of these power-punches, conjure up riff after gargantuan riff which steamroller over anything that dares to get in the path of Triggerman. Adding to the thunderous brutality comes Uggy (who has now been replaced by Dixie) on bass and Rory on drums (surnames are obviously surplus to requirements when the aim of the game is nailing home mega-mighty-metal), to not only bolt the beat to the floor, but actively increase the intensity of these simply killer songs. Whether it is the aforementioned "The Riff Holds Sway", the pounding thump and hurled out chorus of "I Got The Lurgy", or the gorgeously gouging groove of "Horns", Triggerman don't just pummel you into submission with their bluesy, riff laden mayhem, they smash their songs home until there's no possible way left to resist them. And the best thing? Well the fact that Bap, Rory, Niall and Uggy manage to do all this damage with well crafted tracks that are as subtle and clever as they are uncompromising and downright dirty.

Whether you've heard this collection of songs once or thirty times, Brand New Day is how deeply grooving, bluesy metal should be performed, leaving no doubt that Triggerman have the songs and the savvy to be huge.

Track Listing
1. The Riff Holds Sway
2. I Got The Lurgy
3. The Road To Damascus
4. Brand New Day
5. Horns
6. There Strides Goliath
7. Voices

Added: May 17th 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Triggerman MySpace
Hits: 3068
Language: english

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