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Review: Triosphere - The Heart of the Matter
The Heart of the Matter

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 54:21
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: December 6, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.82/5 (76.36%) (11 Votes)

So here we have the third album from one of my favorite female-fronted bands, Norway's Triosphere. The band took a huge step forward in a lot of areas from the debut, Onwards, in 2006, to 2010's The Road Less Travelled. The sound was better, the performances better and, most importantly, the songwriting was much better. I was hoping for a similar progression on 2014's The Heart of the Matter. Well, the band sounds just as good this time around though I would hesitate to say better. Haukland's voice is just as powerful and she commands your attention with her presence. The solos of Marius Silver Bergesen also remain at the high levels he displayed on The Road Less Travelled. The sound is even more polished on The Heart of the Matter, perhaps a bit too polished. Power Metal is nothing if not accessible via its catchy and easily digestible melodies but I would have liked Triosphere to keep a little more grit in their sound. It is still heavy by just a bit less visceral. The songwriting is also similarly good but lacking in any real improvements over the last album.

I probably sound like I'm damning The Heart of the Matter with faint praise and that is only because I had set my hopes perhaps too high. This is still a quality Power Metal album by a highly talented band. But if you made me pick, I'd take The Road Less Travelled over The Heart of the Matter if only for its more compelling power that is both raw and refined.

More about Triosphere...
Review: Onwards (reviewed by Nahsil)
Review: The Road Less Travelled (reviewed by Adam Kohrman)
Review: The Road Less Travelled (reviewed by Christopher Foley)
Review: The Road Less Travelled (reviewed by MetalMike)
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