"Long Road Home" CDEP
Genres: hard rock, mainstream rock
Aug 7 - 13 2004
Finnish hard rock - now there's a new one for me. Obviously,
Scandinavia is a hotbed for black metal, but Trigon is far more
accessible than many of their compatriots. Beneath the
production gloss lies a band well versed in melodic songwriting -
their songs are as catchy as heck and they're performed with spirit
and very competent technical ability.
At its simplest, Trigon's music is reminiscent of the
mid-nineties alternative rock movement; these songs wouldn't feel at
all out of place on a Marcy Playground, Soundgarden, or Tea
Party album. Opener "Long Road Home" is the most
initially accessible single; its catchy "go to pieces"
chorus needs to be chanted across a sold-out stadium packed with
millions of adoring fans. The Tea Party-esque grunginess
of "Turn the Waters," meanwhile, has a memorable, dark
energy to it that could have been popular in 1996 - though still
sounds good now. "Precious" finishes things up in a
bit of a grunge vein. Its melody is a bit unusual, relying only
on a very subtle, repeated guitar chord change.
I don't know if this music is popular in Finland (the lyrics are all
in English), but I can certainly see its mainstream appeal. I
wouldn't buy this EP, but I certainly wouldn't mind hearing these
songs on the radio.
[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]