|Review: Revolution Renaissance - Trinity|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: October 7, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
With their sophomore effort, Revolution Renaissance began to distance themselves from the sound of Stratovarius, a band that will always haunt Timo Tolkki like a ghost. Part of me liked the album and its darker, more intense flavors, but we all know what this guy excels at, and with their third album, the sweeping Trinity, the guitarist has gone back to what he does best, speedy melodic Power Metal. And with two new members in ex-Hammerfall bassist Magnus Rosen and Firewind's Bob Kastionis, this could very well be his best line up yet.
While their first album was a Strato-esque collection of few surprises, Trinity picks up the energy and spirit of that album, but also takes the progressive sound of its follow up to create something modern, fresh, and exhilarating. Tolkki's songwriting here is as strong as it was way back when, with songs like "Falling To Rise", "Marching With The Fools", "The World Doesn't Get To Me" and the very "Learning To Fly"-esque "Crossing The Rubicon" being future classics, all full of piquancy. The choruses are simple but catchy - thanks to Gus Monsanto's great delivery - and through a strong, guitar-heavy production, Tolkki has managed to make an album that matches the majesty of Strato's Elements records with the humble heaviness of my personal favorite, Visions. It's obvious at this point that the Finn doesn't care about commercialism, and as a result he has made the most immediate album of his career, one that rises above a lot of similar releases that have cluttered this year's market.
While his old band is going through an exciting time, it's all the more pleasing to hear an album like Trinity coming from the other side of the fence. Tolkki has gotten his groove back at last.
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