Company: Self Released Release: 2014 Genre: Hard Rock Reviewer: EC
Fulfilling for AOR and melodic rock fans
Daniel Trigger is a UK singer and songwriter who wears a few different hats. He formed a band called Trigger and released four albums between 2003 and 2011. At that point he took a hiatus from recording as the band Trigger and released his first solo venture, "Infinite Persistence", in 2012. "Army of One" is the aptly titled follow-up that showcases Daniel playing all instruments except drums. This recording is stocked with melodic and soaring vocals that recall some of metal's finest "strong man" singers like Rob Rock and Tony Harnell. Often the sound elevates to the ceiling with enough power and authority to create a robust arena rock sound. Songs like "Fear the Night" and "Dancing with the Devil" are laced with substantial grooves and solos that recall the mid to late 80s swank of Guns 'N Roses or Dokken. "Unbreakable" is a bit more polished and lean and might cater to the European crowds who clamor for today's Europe and Stryper AOR sounds. The same can be said for the faster "State of Mind" with its soaring lead mid-section that is counterbalanced by softer keys. "Here and Now" and "Remember When" both have more pop sensibility, the latter being an enjoyable retrospective piece about Daniel's life. Overall "Army of One" is a phenomenal album that should be fulfilling for AOR and melodic rock fans. It has enough stadium lights to make it big and loud yet heavy enough to compete with today's "harder" rock.