Ten years together isn't a long time for a metal band, fronted by bassist Ida Haukland (pronounced as Ee-da), but with a clutch of albums to their name now and seemingly a real talented act a little different from what we're used to hearing. I also understand when I Google'd Miss Haukland, she was alternating her love of metal with real estate. If this is really the case she should give up her day job, because on first listen to The Heart Of The Matter, this is showing so much promise, this may not be only of the best albums I've listened to this year, it's probably one of the best I've heard of all time. Just one personal change from their original lineup, and that's drummer Ørjan Aare Jørgensen who decided to leave when his recording parts were completed. Consequently Triosphere had to hire a couple of sessionists to tie the loose ends hence the late launch.
The Sphere is no less pacey if a little more basic in the layering, still I'm finding it very entertaining. As I'd want from old skool metal, guitar leads governed, but I'm not going to bother allocating the credits as both guitarists I mentioned earlier share rhythm and leads. A different beat now is on Remedy, it's alternating between Heart (one of Ida's possible influences) and the familiar pace I'm warming to. However, it all tails off towards the end with a brief solo from guest pianist Espen Godø. Eleventh track is Storyteller, a straightforward narrative and more of a formality for me. Actually, I should delete that last sentence as the instrumentals completely change and keep the threat of monotony in check. Don't expect the same firecrackers on the final track Virgin Ground, an acoustical three minute piece, low key perhaps but no less evocative
So, was Heart Of The Matter worth the two month delay? I feel more a little relieved when I say yes, and although being a tad retro, the important thing I find in an album is getting full audio enjoyment from it. There's only so much the bands you already know and love can do to please the ear that on occasion you want to break a little new ground and search a little further afield and Triosphere's certainly achieved that from my own perspective. Heart Of The Matter has been such a genuine revelation, for me it has been metal Valhalla. Serious contender for Album Of The Year in my opinion so hopefully I can take a chance to listen to the rest of their discography shortly. For now, it's time for me to write other blogs, review other albums, and maybe stick this on my Christmas wishlist along the way.
9.5 out of ten. Almost perfect...almost.
Best Track : Relentless
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