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Trita: The Good Night EP

Pronounced ‘try-tuh’, Minneapolis based post-metal outfit Trita offer up The Good Night EP by way of continuing their journey. With two previous releases behind them - a single and another EP (all resplendent with eye-catching landscapes on their covers) - the band themselves suggest that there are nods to the likes of Antenna/Jupiter era Cave-In or late Isis in their sound. In truth you can add a whole load more passing influence along the way, and while running to only four songs there’s still more than enough of a taster here to get a good grip on the angry, modern, technical metal this outfit purvey.

“Intend” shows the intent you might hope for from an introduction, the barking shouted vocals from bassist Taylor Froehlich matched eagerly by the dextrous percussive assaults from Mike Moretsky. Factor in thunderous crashes of guitar tumbling from Jason Soejoto’s fretboard and we’re looking at controllingly caustic collisions of metallic mayhem. Hinting at a sound steeped in 90s metal, yet still holding a thick enough production to compete in the here and now it’s a bold statement and one matched by the short blast of “To Sisyphus” where anger truly begins to take prominence.

As “Saltless Sea” grinds and gyrates with a gruff growl of guitar, if there’s a worry it’s that the mood and tone on the opening trio of tracks is pretty much interchangeable and while all three are thoroughly convincing, there’s a feeling that the reason this band don’t deal in full length releases is that they don’t quite grasp the breadth of variance required to do so. And then “Bluer Sky” clears through the intentional gloom and sweeps away those misconceptions in quite remarkable style. A slow build from silence through clean guitar and singing highlighting the pacing as the power and potency start to pull into view. Although it’s possible that it’s the song’s restraint in never quite exploding into the same riff fuelled angst found elsewhere that proves this track’s real strength and also the true suggestion that Trita might just have their eye on a bigger prize.

Taken as a whole The Good Night is more promising than it is triumphant and yet there’s no doubt that there are occasional moments of brilliance sprinkled liberally throughout. If future releases can build on those truly attention grabbing ideals, then what comes next could be rather special.


Track Listing
1. Intend
2. To Sisyphus
3. Saltless Sea
4. Bluer Sky

Added: September 27th 2018
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Score:
Related Link: Trita @ bandcamp
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Language: english

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