Twin guitars, romping rhythms, towering vocals and distinctive melodies – heavy metal is alive and well in the hands of Trial (Swe). Returning five years after 2017’s ‘Motherless’ with new vocalist Arthur W. Andersson on board, the quintet is hungry, and it shows in the tracks that comprise the mighty ‘Feed The Fire’, perhaps the most urgent record in their repertoire. “Hearing Arthur’s voice made me want to write more up-tempo songs,” explains lead guitarist Alexander Ellström. “That desire didn’t occur to me prior to him joining. We owe him a lot in shaping the new record after his voice. The result is a fast-paced, ferocious yet melodic album, and is about giving everything for something you hold dear, and letting it ruin you. This is visualised through a canticle of a goddess. For me, the goddess is very specific, I know who the goddess is, and what she means for me. Are you willing to find your equivalent and let it engulf you? I will happily feed the fire knowing what I get in return.”
With more than ten years having passed since they dropped their debut it is perhaps not a bad time to look back at what the band have achieved, and what lies ahead. “We almost can’t believe that we’ve come this far, now being signed to the famous and mighty Metal Blade. That is something we could only have dreamt about when starting out. It’s a great honor for sure,” Ellström enthuses. “When Arthur joined, we all developed a friendship that feels very natural. It hasn’t changed the energy within the band drastically. If anything, it’s been for the better. We look forward to being on this journey together. During all these years, we still feel we’ve been slightly lurking in the shadows in comparison to other bands within our genre but we hope that ‘Feed The Fire will change that and open up even more possibilities for us to continue doing what we do.
CD comes with 2 bonus tracks
Metal Blade Records, 2022.