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Trust: Live At Hellfest 2017

Basically making up the entirety of the NWOFHM all on their own, French outfit Trust released a solid catalogue of straight up metal albums between their formation in 1977 and initial dissolution seven years later. Outside of their homeland the band were probably best known for giving a home to then future Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and also to stick-man Clive Burr after his time with the same British outfit. However with US thrash-act Anthrax reworking a version of the Trust track "Antisocial" in 1988 and scoring a hit with it, Trust reformed, sporadically performing live shows and releasing new music ever since.

Live At Hellfest 2017 finds the band celebrating their 40th anniversary in front of a 60,000 strong crowd, the nine track set available as a CD/DVD package. For review purposes it's the audio we've been sent so it's impossible to comment on the visuals – or the bonus feature of the band performing "Antisocial" on stage alongside Anthrax – but as an aural experience there's much to recommend. Taking in a sound that roamed from early Maiden-esque punky metal to a bluesier UFO like approach, via an AC/DC inspired boogie, the focus is firmly on both having a good time on stage and bringing those same vibes to a crowd who seem keen to see the band succeed.

With so many years behind them it's no surprise that the set is well oiled and perfectly paced, "L'Archange" and "Marche Ou Creve" fist pumps of rabble rousing, raucous riffs, before "Au Nim Du La Race" and "Democrassie" go a little deeper; less reliance on power and push to get their message across. With veteran Trustee Norbert 'Nono' Krief hammering out huge guitar lines as his fellow original band member Bernard "Bernie" Bonvoisin belts out the lyrics with youthful aggression, there's no denying just how effective this long underrated band can still be. Flanked by returning bassist David Jacobs and long serving bassist Ismaila "Ismo" Diop, who moved to guitar when Jacobs rejoined in 2016, the line-up is underpinned by the excellent drumming of newbie Christiam Dupuy, the quintet really making a mighty force to be reckoned with.

A band who have more than likely been held back because of their admirable dedication to their mother tongue, Trust are probably best known for what their ex-members did outside the band and for having a song covered by one of the 'big four'. Give their latest live offering a blast and you'll discover we've all been doing them a disservice.

Track Listing
1. L'Archange
2. Marche Ou Crève
3. Fais Où On Te Dit De Faire
4. Au Nom De La Race
5. Le Temps Efface Tout
6. Démocrassie
7. Surveille Ton Look
8. L'Elite
9. Antisocial

Added: December 16th 2017
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Trust on Facebook
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Language: english

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