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   DIVISION
Trinity
2004
Metalages Records
http://www.division-usa.com


rating: 3,5/5

1. Eleventh Hour
2. Masquerade
3. The New Elite
4. The Prophecy (Greed)
5. Echoes Of The Past
6. Tapping The Vein
7. Left Behind
8. New Horizons
9. Trinity (No Exit)
10. Sea Of Hate
11. No World Order

Division are around for over a decade already but "Trinity" is only their third album. I've heard their name vaguely before I got this release in my hands and didn't really know what to expect. I remembered they were referred to as a slightly prog orientated thrashy US power metal band. So there....this can mean everything and nothing.

Although this is exactly what they are. The excellent opener "Eleventh Hour" (which like the track "The New Elite" can be downloaded from the band's website) already shows one of Division's strengths: catchy choruses (and a great feel for melodies in general). There are plenty of other examples on "Trinity", such as "The New Elite", "Tapping The Vein", "Left Behind" or "No World Order" (so much for my favourite tracks ;)).
Most of the songs are up-tempo (or faster) with the exception of the first half of "The Prophecy (Greed)" which is backed by acoustic guitars. Although there are tons of nice melodies (often twin guitar leads) and some cool guitar work I find the album as a whole a bit lengthy. I suppose this is due to two factors: the material isn't all too versatile and the other reason being the fact that I'm unfortunatly not too fond of singer Nick's vocals (I know I'm picky). His singing fits this kind of music and mostly his performance is ok - until he tries to sing beyond his rather limited range (in "Masquerade" for example). The two guitarists Mike and Matt provide backing vocals on each track and on "Trinity (No Exit)" there's a guest vocal performance by two ladies.
Still, the weakest link is the production. The songs could have so much more power if the production was thicker.

Fans of bands such as Iron Maiden, Jag Panzer, Iced Earth and the likes might want to give "Trinity" a try! Remember to check out the available mp3s.

submitted by Cora 08.01.2005

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