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Division: Trinity

Get ready for a clash of old-school and modern progressive, thrash and power metal. Trinity, the third album from the U.S.-based five-man band Division, is loaded with muscular music amplified by Mike Blevins' raging guitar and new vocalist Nick Kelly's compellingly raw voice. Think James Hetfield meets Tim Owens. Rather than following traditional patterns, Division divides its songs into multiple sections that keep listeners guessing where the music will go next, as melodies flit in and out all the while keeping nine of these 11 songs under the five-minute mark. Opener "Eleventh Hour" is a perfect example, as it evolves from a standard prog-metal intro and first verse into a chorus that's among the album's most propulsive and impulsive, while the epic closer "No World Order" morphs into many moods (from sweet-sounding acoustic guitar to aggressive riffs) without ever losing a double-bass beat.

If you're a fan of the bands for which Division has opened, including Savatage, Fates Warning, Iced Earth, Testament, Nevermore and King's X, you just may dig Division's non-traditional take on heavy-metal tradition. Virginia-based MetalAges Records, which released Trinity, doesn't have a large roster -- but its titles ooze sophistication, from the music to the artwork. This is no exception.

Track Listing:
1) Eleventh Hour (5:00)
2) Masquerade (3:57)
3) The New Elite (4:18)
4) The Prophecy (Greed) (6:12)
5) Echoes of the Past (3:58)
6) Tapping the Vein (4:21)
7) Left Behind (4:51)
8) New Horizons (3:27)
9) Trinity (No Exit) (4:53)
10) Sea of Hate (3:57)
11) No World Order (7:15)
Total Time: 52:16

Added: April 19th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Division Web Site
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Language: english

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Division: Trinity
Posted by Scott Borre, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-04-19 07:15:37
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US power metal is alive and well. We've know that for a while though. But if one is looking for a new band that plays US power metal, he or she has few choices and fewer choices if he or she wants to listen to something good. For some reason, a lot of the US metal talent either goes into progressive metal, or wastes their talent playing with some non-artistic group. But in the US power metal band, Division, one is safe. The band released their third album, Trinity, in 2004. Yes, it is now 2007, but whoever said that one must review an album when it comes out. I, like probably many others, often go back in time to find music. If all I ever listened to is what is brand new, I'd be shorting myself of a lot of good music.

First, Division is not a copycat of Jag Panzer, nor any other US based power metal band. They do their own thing, and it's evident when listening to them. I would not confuse them for anybody else. But if you don't like the style of bands like Jag Panzer then you probably won't enjoy Division. The album has eleven quality songs. The riffs are memorable and at times remind me of Iced Earth, but they have a lot more purposeful lead guitar (for those who like purpose), and for those who don't care about purposeful, they have a lot of very well technically played guitar.

While maybe not having the most profound or poetic lyrics, the sung lines are good enough. By good enough I mean that I will listen and focus on the lyrics without wanting to scream at them through my speakers, "learn to write!" That is a huge compliment coming from me since 9 out of 10 times that is exactly what I'm doing when listening to albums. In fact, the music is easy to get into with solid harmonies and melodies. The singing might be the only initial distraction for some, but that quickly turned into a love. Similar to my feelings with Odin's Court.

Passion! That's the reason to buy this album. It's filled with intense love for music, playing music, living music, and heavy metal in general. So not only will one enjoy this album, but one will also be supporting the good guys in the scene. The ones who make a space for others to make good music. The ones that influence people that making music is not just about hitting the write notes (computers can do that), but playing their instruments or singing with a full attachment to what they are doing.

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