A very interesting project/band saw its first release in March this year. I am talking about TRISHULA, the brainchild of UK guitar player NEIL FRASER. He has brought in singer JASON MORGAN from Wales and JOAO COLACO, a Portuguese drummer.
It kicks off with “I can see it in your eyes”, in early HEARTLAND style or so. It is followed by the title track “Scared to breathe” which is strong melodic hard rock with AOR vibes – good quality here! “I never cry” is a semi-ballad with a rich arrangement.
More good stuff in the quite AOR:ish “Homeland”, although I am not fully on terms with the production here. The drums sound rather lame. “Suicide satellite also has some rock’n’roll spices; well, too much of it if you ask me. But other songs are really good, like the fine AOR rocker “A love so cruel” or the uptempo tune “Magnetic memories” which reminds me of TEN.
”Secrets and lies” with its rock’n’roll or slightly bluesy attitude sounds a bit like ALASKA (Bernie Marsden’s band). By the way, additional keyboards were handles by MAGNUM’s keyboardist Rick Benton. All in all this is an album well worth having.