The title "You now have 21:03 To Live" is as good a way as any to sum up what Trigger Effect are trying to achieve with Dare To Ride The Heliocraft, (out now on Signed By Force Records) all 11 tracks on show are intense, shouty, life threatening, punk workouts. Oddly enough that afore mentioned opening track gives the impression that the rest of the album is going to be a disaster movie style concept, with a reporter babbling away about all sorts of impending doom. The reporter does make another appearance later on the in disc, however no matter how hard I try I can't make any sort of story from the rest of the tracks, even if "Nothing Says Action Like Giant Robots" is the best song title I've heard all year (Transformers sponsorship deal anyone)!!
After a couple of listens to this album it's easy to hear why Trigger Effect have built up a formidable live reputation, both in terms of musical intensity and the level of aggression you can expect to find in their crowd. For the complete duration of this album it's pedal to the metal, no prisoners taken punk with a tinge of metal. What is quite impressive is that all this no compromise attitude comes with big dollops of abrasive melody, songs such as "Drugs For Breakfast", or "Dropping Acid Into the Eyes of Our Enemies" crush with their brutality, while having catchy hooks sharp enough to embed themselves in your skull.
It can all get a bit one dimensional at times as the very occasional vocal and kick drum break is really the only respite from the ensuing mayhem. I know that Trigger Effect are never going to throw in the odd heartfelt ballad, in this style of music who would want that? However the odd change of pace would make the razor sharp guitars all the more effective.
Claiming to be "Canada's most dangerous band" and to be fair having a few stories that appear to back that up may not be the most impressive boast you've ever heard, however I doubt you'll find a more honest, catchy, punk band coming from those shores.
One last question though, if you name your opening track "You Now Have 21:03 To Live", why is the album only 20:57 long??
1. You Now Have 21:03 To Live
2. Nothing Says Action Like Giant Robots
3. Drugs For Breakfast
4. Angry Morons
6. El Vice
7. Dropping Acid Into the Eyes of Our Enemies
9. The Unemployment of God
10. Scientific Method
11. Flight of the Heliocraft/Goodbye