Wednesday, August 29, 2018





Daniel Trigger is a new name on me, which is odd because he's been making melodic and hard rock music for over 15 years now. Coming back to his more melodic roots after some heavier albums, 'Right Turn' will come as a bit of a bolt from the blue for those who were as oblivious about him as myself.

The bizarre first impression I got from opener 'Penitence' was that this guy must be from Europe, as his nasal, slightly accented vocals certainly point to a Germanic origin. I can imagine him singing, for example, an early Bonfire album and doing a fine job. Well, I felt a right tit when I read the biography and found out he was from Birmingham in England. Putting this aside, it's the music that matters (as ever), and straight from that opener there's plenty to like about Daniel Trigger. Second track 'Days Gone By', for example, uses the classic AOR staple of remeniscing about the good ol' days, and contains a chorus that will stick in your head all day. After that the gears are shifted down to a more countrified area, as 'Drive' replaces bounce with mosey. The quality remains high, though, and the album pretty much continues in this vein, alternating between classic, upbeat AOR and mid paced country rock, with the AOR getting the lion's share. It's a bit like Johnny Lima and Bon Jovi (this century's Bon Jovi, anyway) getting together and getting the best out of each other.

'Right Turn' is a cracker of an album, not weighed down by ballads and with plenty of energetic, catchy tracks from start to finish. Many albums tend to tail off in the second half, but Daniel Trigger keeps things fresh, even closing with two high energy rockers, 'Rock n Roll Party' and 'Wheels In Motion'. This is a fresh slice of AOR that will make any wimp rock fan pee their pants with joy. It may have taken me many years to find Daniel Trigger, but I hope to hear more from him in the future.

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